Population: 2,986,530 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Jackson, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Southaven, Biloxi
Borders: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and the Gulf of Mexico
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $101,490 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including cotton, soybeans, corn, milk, and catfish
Oil, textiles, and transportation equipment
How Mississippi got its name: Mississippi comes from a Native American word meaning great river.
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Mississippi State Symbols
State Nickname: Magnolia State
State Slogan: Feels Like Coming Home, 'The South's Warmest Welcome'
State Motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
State flower: Magnolia
State bird: Mockingbird
State fish: Largemouth bass
State tree: Magnolia
State mammal: Red fox, White-tailed deer
State foods: Milk
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Wednesday, December 10, 1817
Number admitted: 20
Prior Name: Mississippi Territory
Postal Abbreviation: MS
The Geography of Mississippi
Total Size: 46,907 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Gulf of Mexico at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Woodall Mtn. at 806 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Tishomingo (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Leake County approx. 9 miles west-northwest of Carthage (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 82 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Yazoo River, Mississippi River, Pearl River, Gulf of Mexico, Sardis Lake, Grenada Lake, and the Ross Barnett Reservoir.
- Jimmy Buffett - Singer and songwriter
- Bo Diddley - Singer, songwriter, and guitarist
- William Faulkner - Nobel Prize winning author who wrote The Sound and the Fury
- Brett Favre - Pro football quarterback
- Jim Henson - Filmmaker and creator of the Muppets
- James Earl Jones - Actor
- Faith Hill - Country music singer
- B.B. King - Singer, songwriter, and guitarist
- Walter Payton - Pro football running back
- Elvis Presley - Singer called the 'King of Rock and Roll'
- Hiram Revels - Mississippi representative who was the first African-American U.S. Senator
- Tennessee Williams - Playwright who wrote A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
- Ida B. Wells- Journalist and civil rights activist
- Oprah Winfrey - Talk show host
- Mississippi means 'great river' in the Algonquian language.
- Square Dancing is the Mississippi State Dance.
- The first woman federal judge was Burnita Matthews of Mississippi.
- You can visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi.
- Schoolchildren voted the magnolia to become the state flower in 1900 and the state tree in 1935.
- Root Beer was invented in 1898 in Biloxi.
- The first human lung transplant and heart transplant were performed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
- The cotton capital of the world is Greenwood, Mississippi.
- There are more tree farms here than any other state. There are also more churches per capita that any other state.
- The longest man-made beach in the world is on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Professional Sports Teams
There are no major professional sports teams in Mississippi.
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