Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern and Southern regions of the United States. The state is bordered by eight states: Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. It is the 18th most populous state in the nation with over 6 million people. Missouri's capital is Jefferson City and its largest city is Kansas City. Historically, Missouri has been home to many different cultures due to its unique position on the Great Plains, including Indigenous American tribes, English fur traders, and French settlers. Missouri is also known for its vast network of rivers, lakes, and forests, making it an ideal location for outdoors recreation.