( The Magnolia State )
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:
The Flag of Mississippi|
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)
2,844,658 (60.6 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 31st Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee
Illicit Drug Use
Youth Risk Survey
Housing: In Mississippi, there are 1,161,953 housing units, averaging to 24.8 per sq mile.