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In Missouri, cities are classified into three types: Class 3, Class 4, and those under constitutional charters. A few older cities are incorporated under legislative charters (Carrollton, Chillicothe, LaGrange, Liberty, Miami, Missouri City, and Pleasant Hill) which are no longer allowed. The level at which they incorporate is determined by their population when they incorporate. They do not change if they gain or lose in population, unless a vote is held by the people.
A municipality corporate as a Class 4 city if the population is between 500 and 2,999 (under 500, it must incorporate as a village - see list of villages in Missouri). It may incorporate as a Class 3 city if the population is between 3,000 and 29,999. There is more flexibility in government for Class 3 cities than Class 4.
Cities under constitution charters may operate under any form of municipal government if it is enacted in the city's charter.
Below is a list of cities in Missouri, arranged in alphabetical order.
Population data based on 2010 census.
|1||Kansas City||City in multiple counties: Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass||459,787||Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri, as well as the anchor city of the state's second largest metropolitan area (the Kansas City Metropolitan Area). It is famous for its barbecue, jazz, architecture, and fountains.|
|2||St. Louis||Independent city||319,294||St. Louis is the second largest city in Missouri, as well as the anchor city of the state's largest metropolitan area (Greater St. Louis). St. Louis is home to the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, the St. Louis Rams football team, St. Louis Blues NHL hockey team, St. Louis-style barbecue, and St. Louis-style pizza.|
|3||Springfield||City in Greene County and Christian County||159,498||Springfield, Missouri, is the third largest city in Missouri, as well as the anchor city of the state's third largest metropolitan area (the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Area). Springfield is home to the Texas League Springfield Cardinals. As well as the WTT Springfield Lasers. The main airport in and out of Springfield is Springfield-Branson National Airport which flies to 12 cities.|
|4||Independence||City in Jackson County; suburb of Kansas City||116,830||Independence is the fourth largest city in Missouri, as well as one of two county seats in Jackson County.|
|5||Columbia||City in Boone County||108,500||Columbia Missouri is the home of the University of Missouri|
|6||Lee's Summit||City in Jackson County; suburb of Kansas City||91,364|
|7||O'Fallon||City in St. Charles County; suburb of St. Louis||79,329|
|8||St. Joseph||City in Buchanan County||76,780|
|9||St. Charles||City in St. Charles County; suburb of St. Louis||65,794|
|10||St. Peters||City in St. Charles County; suburb of St. Louis||52,575|
|11||Blue Springs||City in Jackson County; suburb of Kansas City||52,575|
|12||Florissant||City in St. Louis County; suburb of St. Louis||52,158|
|13||Joplin||City in Jasper County;||50,150|
|14||Chesterfield||City in St. Louis County;||47,484|
|15||Jefferson City||City in Cole County;||43,079|