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Mississippi State Profile

by Vishul Malik

Where is Mississippi? Mississippi is a state located in the southern United States. It is bordered by Tennessee on the north, Gulf of Mexico on the south, Alabama on the…

Where is Mississippi?

Mississippi is a state located in the southern United States. It is bordered by Tennessee on the north, Gulf of Mexico on the south, Alabama on the east, and Arkansas and Louisiana on the west.

What is the capital of Mississippi?

Jackson is the capital and largest city in Mississippi. It covers a total area of 106.8 square miles. The estimated population of the city is 173,514.

How big is Mississippi?

Covering a total area of 47,689 square miles, Mississippi is the thirty-second largest state in the United States in terms of area.

What is the nickname of Mississippi?

The official nickname of Mississippi is “Magnolia State.” The name is a reference to the abundance of magnolia flowers and trees in the state. Magnolia is the official state flower and magnolia grandiflora is the official state symbol.

Who are the political leaders of Mississippi?

Governor: Haley BarbourLieutenant Governor: Phil Bryant

When did Mississippi achieve statehood?

The Louisiana Purchase (1803) saw a land boom in the state of Mississippi. Soon, settlers from other states starting pouring in. Mississippi became the twentieth US state on December 10, 1817, with its present-day boundaries and a constitution was adopted in 1832.

What is the official language of Mississippi?

The official language of Mississippi is English. There are a few minority language in the state like Chinese, Russian, German, French and Spanish.

What are the main religions practiced in Mississippi?

The official religion of Mississippi is Christianity, with Protestantism being the largest denomination. There are also members of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the United Methodist Church. Muslims, Jews, and members of the Bahai faith are also present.

What is the economy of Mississippi like?

Mississippi had a total state product of $98 billion in 2010. Agriculture is an important sector and the important crops are rice and soybeans. Aquaculture and dairying are also important. The state generates most of its revenue from industrial products such as chemicals, plastics, foods, and wood products. Natural gas and petroleum are the most valuable resources.

What are the famous places in Mississippi?

Florewood State Park, Meridian Railroad Museum, Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Emerald Mound Site, and Jackson Zoo are the major attractions in the state.

What are the state symbols of Mississippi?

  • State Bird: The mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is the official state bird of Mississippi; it was designated the state bird in 1944. It is also the state bird symbol of Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas.
  • State Flower: The Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) was designated the official state flower of Mississippi in 1952. The state is nicknamed the “Magnolia State” and the flower also features on the state quarter.
  • State Flag: The official flag of Mississippi was adopted by the U.S. state of Mississippi in 1894. The current flag replaced the older Magnolia Flag that was adopted in 1861, after Mississippi seceded from the Union. The flag has thirteen white stars on a St. Andrew’s Cross. Then there are horizontal blue, white and red stripes. It is the only United States state flag to incorporate the Battle Flag of the Confederacy.


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