Missouri, nicknamed the Show Me State, has a population of 6,093,000 (as of 2016). The nickname is given to the state because its residents are known for being skeptical. While Jefferson City is the capital, the largest city is Kansas City, holding a population of 459,787. Greater St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area, with a population of 2,916,447 (as of 2015).
Springfield is by far the most dangerous city in Missouri. The violent crime rate in Springfield is 621.3 per 100,000 people. The number of murders, robberies and aggravated assaults has risen dramatically in Springfield in the past few years. Missouri’s violent crime rate is 497.4 per 100,100 residents, which is the 9th highest in the US.
The city poverty rate is 16,8%, while the unemployment rate is 3,3%. Missouri has a slightly higher seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, which is at 3,9%. That’s why, Missouri became a right-to-work state in 2017. The capital punishment is legal in the state of Missouri.
The safest cities are Greenwood and Bonne Terre.
The Missouri Department of Corrections provides inmate records as well as mugshots through an online searchable database.