Missouri has a diverse topography, from the metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City, to the mountains and lakes of the Ozarks. The land is grassy plains in the center, the Mississippi River Basin on the east, and the Ozarks on the west. Missouri has 44 million acres of land, with 29.9 used as farmland. Farm exports in Missouri are cattle, soybeans, corn and hogs.
Missouri has a population of 5.8 million people, with 4.2 living in urban regions. Missouri housing is in the form of single-family homes, condos, townhouses and multi family units. Tourism to the Branson area and the cities also draw a large number of people in during the season.
In 2000, there were 2.44 million housing structures. That is an 11% increase from the 1990 surveys. The most growth was in Branson, near the suburbs of St. Louis and Kansas City. In 2004, Missouri was named the 11th lowest cost of living state. The median value for occupied structures is $89,900.