Missouri has an area of 180,693 sq km and a population of more than 5.5 million people. The capital is Jefferson City.
Missouri is located in the mid-western region of the USA. It is bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. The two largest rivers in the state are the Mississippi and the Missouri. The picturesque Ozark Mountains dominate the Southern Missouri region.
I love Kansas City! My favorite places to go are the Country Club Plaza, Westport, Downtown/The Power and Light District, and the City River Market. The Plaza has fantastic shops and restaurants. Westport also has fantastic restaurants. If you are ever in KC on the first Friday of the month, go to First Fridays in Downtown. There's a lot of entertainment (mostly musical) and food and the art galleries are open. I recommend First Fridays for teenagers and adults.
Downtown Columbia in certain areas is not safe, especially in evening. Many areas in Columbia are relatively safe. Columbia is like most smaller cities in this way. Easy driving to everything in Columbia. Most destinations are 10-30 minutes away from each other. Poor bus system. Mizzou campus is very nice.