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( The Magnolia State )
Mississippi Map The name "Mississippi" comes from an Indian word meaning "great waters" or "father of waters". In 1817, Mississippi was admited as the 20th state to the Union. Mississippi is a state that is going through great changes. Part of the Deep South, it was once a land of farmers and quiet towns. It is becoming a state of factory workers and busy cities. But tradition plays an important part in Mississippi life. The state retains many reminders of the Old South. Stately mansions bring back memories of Mississippi plantation life before the Civil War. The large, sunny beaches and fine hotels of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are popular vacation destinations. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Mississippi include: Brett Favre, Walter Payton, LeAnn Rimes, Stella Stevens,

The Flag of Mississippi
Mississippi state flag Entered the Union in 1817 as the 20th States; flag adopted in 1894. The State flag is a combination of two Confederate flags - the Stars and Bars and the Battle Flag, both including the national colors.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Jackson, 184,256; Gulfport, 71,127; Biloxi, 50,644; Hattiesburg, 44,779; Greenville, 41,663; Meridian, 39,968; Tupelo, 34,211; Southaven, 28,977; Vicksburg, 26,407; Pascagoula, 26,200
Business and Trade in Mississippi
Agriculture: Cotton, poultry, cattle, catfish, soybeans, dairy products, rice.

Industries: Apparel, furniture, lumber and wood products, food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Flower: Magnolia (magnolia grandiflora)
  • Tree: Magnolia ( magnolia grandiflora)
  • Song(s): Go Mis-sis-sip-pi
  • Motto: Virtute et Armis (By valor and arms)

Mississippi Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway - Columbus - Columbus
Tupelo National Battlefield - Tupelo
Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site - Tupelo
St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge - Sibley
National Forests in Mississippi: Bienville-Delta-DeSoto-Holly Springs-Homochitto-Tombigbee National - Jackson
capital  Capital: Jackson

statehood  Statehood: 1817-12-10

population  Population:
2,844,658 (60.6 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 48,430.19
    Water 1,523.24
    Land 46,906.96
    Rank 31st Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Mississippi, there are 1,161,953 housing units, averaging to 24.8 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
Posters and Artwork
Madewood Plantation House, on the Lafourche Bayou, Mississippi, Louisiana
Madewood Plantation House, on the Lafourche Bayou, Mississippi, Louisiana
Photographic Print 24" x 18"

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