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Capital Jackson
Nickname The Magnolia State
Official Language English
Governor Haley Barbour, R
Senator Thad Cochran, R
(202) 224-5054
Senator Roger Wicker, R
(202) 224-6253
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 Southern region of the United States and on December 10th, 1817 became the twentieth state to enter into 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.

Elected Officials




Although Mississippi's economy has traditionally been more agriculturally based than those of many states, the state has experienced industrial growth in recent years. The economy in the southern part of the state near the coastline was severely disrupted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. [1]

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
  • University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Mississippi also has a public Law School and Medical School.

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


Notable people from Mississippi


  1. http://www.usm.edu/afterkatrina/Baugh.html
  2. http://www.mississippi.gov/ms_sub_sub_template.jsp?Category_ID=26