Missouri is centrally located in the US and is part of the Midwestern region that includes Kansas, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. The existing homes in the state are eclectic and are available in many styles, from townhomes or row homes that are popular in St. Louis to single family homes across the state. It has its share of Victorian homes and more modern split-level and traditional home styles as well. New home construction is limited in the state, except for in major metropolitan areas, particularly St. Louis.
St. Louis is known world-wide for its Gateway Arch and is a major port along the Mississippi River. It is an epicenter for sports and entertainment, home to two professional sport teams and several museums. The city is affordable, and even though it is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, it still maintains its small-town vibe. The largest city in state is Kansas City, which sits on the border of, you guessed it, Kansas. It is recognized for being the launching pad for the Kansas City styles of blues and jazz and is known across the country for its famous Kansas City Barbeque. It has a lively cultural and performing arts scene, with the ballet, opera and symphony. It is also a sports town; home of the Royals and the Chiefs. Another large city in Missouri is Springfield, which is geographically and culturally tied to Arkansas and Oklahoma by the Ozark Mountains. It is a college town, home to Missouri State University, and has recently undergone revitalization throughout the city.
The top industries in the state of Missouri are healthcare, retail and manufacturing. Agriculture is still a big part of the state's economy too, with livestock, soybeans, corn and dairy having the biggest impact. The largest employer in Missouri is Walmart. Other top employers include Barnes-Jewish Hospital System, Mercy Hospital System, Washington University and Boeing.