If you want to know comprehensive information about Mississippi, this article is for you. Listed below are fast and interesting Mississippi facts. Learn more about history of Mississippi, its population, land area, symbols, motto and more…

Quick Facts about Mississippi

  • State Capital: Jackson
  • Land Area: 48,434 sq. miles, making it the 32nd largest US state
  • No. of Counties: 82
  • State Abbreviation: MS
  • Population: 2,844,658 from 2000 census, making it the 31st most populous US state
  • Largest City: Jackson
  • Locals Name: Mississippians
  • Major Industries: Fishing, Electronic and Transportation Equipments, Oil, Farming, Textiles
  • Motto: “Virtute et armis” which means “By Valor and Arms”

Fun Facts about Mississippi

  • It was December 10, 1817 when Mississippi was admitted and declared as the 20th State of America.
  • The state of Mississippi is also called as “Magnolia State”.
  • Brief Mississippi Snippets: In 1540, Hernando De Soto was first discovered the Mississippi River. A group of French first settled in the area in 1699. In 1763, it was taken over by Great Britain and surrendered to USA in 1783. It was year 1798 when Spain finally relinquished its claims. West Florida as well as the present Southern Mississippi was annexed by US in 1810.
  • Mississippi Trivia: The name Mississippi is a derivative of “Mici Zibi”, an Ojibwa Indian words which translates “Gathering of Waters” or “Great River”.

Emblems and Symbols of Mississippi

  • Folk Song: “Go, Mississippi”
  • Tree: Magnolia
  • Fish: Largemouth Bass
  • Flower: Magnolia
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Insect: Honeybee
  • Fossil: Prehistoric Whale
  • Stone: Petrified Stone
  • Mammal: White-tailed deer

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