Mississippi Facts

Mississippi Facts
Mississippi is a state located in the Southern United States. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary and comes from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi. See the fact file below for more information about the state of Mississippi.
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Became a State
December 10, 1817 (20th)

southern region of United States

48,430 sq. miles (32nd)

2,967,297 (32nd)

Major Cities
Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Meridian

cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, chickens, raising catfish, dairy products

hot, humid subtropical – long summers and short mild winters

Yearly Precipitation
averages 53 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sport teams

Major Waterways
Big Black River, Mississippi River, Pascagoula River, Yazoo River, Pearl River

Most Famous Citizens
Jim Henson (puppeteer)
Oprah Winfrey (talk show host)
Morgan Freeman (actor)
James Earl Jones (actor)
William Faulkner (author)
Elvis Presley (entertainer)
Tennessee Williams (playwright)
Walton Payton (football player)

State Symbols
Bird – Mockingbird
Flower – Magnolia
Animal – White-tailed Deer
Tree – Magnolia
Insect – Honeybee