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Capital Jackson
Nickname The Magnolia State
Official Language English
Governor Tate Reeves, R
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, R
(202) 224-5054
Senator Roger Wicker, R
(202) 224-6253
Population 2,980,000 (2020)
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 10, 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.

The state Constitution of Mississippi, like all of the other 50 states, acknowledges God or our Creator or the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. It says:

We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking his blessing on our work, do ordain and establish this constitution.

Elected Officials




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] Mississippi 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


Notable people from Mississippi