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Mississippi

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Location of Mississippi State


Capital: Jackson

Population: 2,984,926 (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)

Key Industries:
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.

Atlas of Mississippi State
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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

Mississippi State Map


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.

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Professional Sports Teams

There are no major professional sports teams in Mississippi.

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