Mississippi (MS)

Quick Facts

Capital City: Jackson

Abbreviation:  MS

Population (2019):  2,991,207; Rank: 31 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:  South

Admission to Statehood: December 10, 1817 (20th State)

State Motto: Virtute et armis which is Latin for “By valor and arms

State Nickname: The Magnolia State

Origin of State Name:  Based on the Ojibwa Indian word messipi meaning “big river”

Area Codes: 228, 601, 662, 769

Zip Codes: Mississippi Zip Codes





State Symbols

Bird:  Mockingbird | List of State Birds


The committee to design On November 3, 2020, the flag was approved by state referendum by the Commission to Redesign committee. The previous flag had an emblem of the confederate flag and was voted out after national public outcry. This new flag passed and became the official state flag of Mississippi on January 11, 2021. The design that features a white magnolia blossom, is the official state flower, and “In God We Trust” is the official Motto of the United States. The 20 stars signifies Mississippi’s status as the 20th state admitted to the union, and a gold five-point star reflects Mississippi’s indigenous Native American tribes.Get this Flag

Flower: Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) | Other State Flowers

Soil: Natchez

Song:“Go, Mississippi” | Words by: Houston Davis | Music by: Houston Davis Other State Songs | Sheet Music

Tree: Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) | Other State Trees

Quarter: Two magnolia blossoms (state flower) Mississippi Quarter | List of State Quarters



Mississippi on a US map



  • Area: 48,434 sq.mi (125,444 sq.km.), 32nd
  • Land: 46,914 sq.mi. (121,507 sq.km.), 31st
  • Water: 1,520 sq.mi. (3,937 sq.km.), 25th
  • Coastline: 44 mi. (71 km.), 18th
  • Shoreline: 359 mi. (578 km.), 22nd

Largest Cities:   Jackson | Gulfport | Southaven | Hattiesburg | Biloxi | Meridian | Tupelo | Greenville | Olive Branch | Horn Lake

Border States: Alabama | Arkansas | Louisiana | Tennessee | List of US Regions

Highest Point: Woodall Mountain ; 806 feet, (246 m.), 47th tallest

Lowest Point: Mississippi; sea level, tied for 3rd lowest

Geographic Center:   Leake, 9 miles westnorthwest of Carthage

National Parks:

Location:  Absolute Center: 32°48.9’N / 89°43’W
Relative Center: Leake,
9 miles west northwest of Carthage Distance Between U.S. Cities


State Government

Governor: Tate Reeves (R)

Senators: Roger F. Wicker (R) Cindy Hyde-Smith (R)

Representatives: Senate  House

Constitution: Mississippi’s Constitution

Electoral College Votes: 6 Votes




Agriculture: Cotton, poultry, cattle, catfish, soybeans, dairy products, rice.Industry: Apparel, furniture, lumber and wood products, food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment.


White Pages:   Mississippi White Pages