Statehood: December 10, 1817, the 20th state
Total Area: 32nd
among states, 125,443 sq km (48,434 sq mi)
Water Area: 3,553
sq km (1,372 sq km)
Highest Point: Woodall
Mountain, 246 m (806 ft)
31st among states
2010 census - 2,967,297
Population Density in 2010: 63.2 people per sq mi
Distribution in 2000: 49.1%
Urban, 50.9% Rural
Gross State Product - $98.9 billion (2010)
Personal income per Capita - $30,103 (2009)
Largest cities in 2010:
Mississippi's warm climate and rich soil proved ideal for growing cotton, which
became the main economic
crop before 1800 and
remained important until the 20th century.
de Soto, a Spanish explorer, discovered the Mississippi River
in1540. Spain did not relinquish its claims on the Mississippi
region until 1798.
has a larger percentage of black residents than any other state.
1963 Medgar Evers, state field secretary for
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),
was shot dead in front of his Jackson home.
cotton is the most important crop in Mississippi, corn, peanuts,
pecans, rice, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, soybeans, food grains,
poultry, eggs, meat animals, dairy products, feed crops and
horticultural crops are all important to the state's economy.
60% of Mississippi is covered by forests, and more than 100 species
of trees are found in the state.
1902 while on a hunting expedition in Sharkey County, President
Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear. This act resulted in the creation of the world-famous teddy
first nuclear submarine built in the south was produced in
Mississippi River is the largest in the United States and is the
nation's chief waterway. Its nickname is Old Man River.