Mississippi

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Mississippi
Capital Jackson
Nickname The Magnolia State
Official Language English
Governor Haley Barbour, R
Senator Thad Cochran, R
(202) 224-5054
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Senator Roger Wicker, R
(202) 224-6253
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Ratification of Constitution/or statehood December 10, 1817 (20th)
Flag of Mississippi Motto: "Virtute et armis" (By valor and arms)

Mississippi is located in the South of the United States and on December 10th, 1817 became the twentieth state to enter the Union. Mississippi was once a member of the Confederate States of America. The capital of Mississippi is Jackson which is also its largest city. The current governor of Mississippi is Haley Barbour, a Republican. It was the third most obese state in 2011.

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Statewide

Economy

Although Mississippi's economy has traditionally been heavily agriculture-based, the state has experienced some industrial growth in recent years. The economy near the southern coastline of the state was severely disrupted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.[1] Missisippi is currently the most impoverished state in the Union, with 20% of the populace under the poverty line and a $36,000 median salary.[2]

Higher Education

Mississippi's public universities include:

  • Alcorn State University
  • Delta State University
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi State University (MSU)
  • Mississippi University for Women (now a co-ed university)
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • University of Mississippi (also has a law and medical school)
  • University of Southern Mississippi

Private universities include:

  • Belhaven College (affiliated with the conservative Presbyterian Church (PCA)
  • Blue Mountain College
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi College (Ole Miss)
  • Rust College
  • Tougaloo College
  • William Carey University

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Notable people from Mississippi


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