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State Facts

Full Name

State of Mississippi

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

December 10, 1817 (20th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

2,844,658 (31st)

Land Area (Rank)

46,907 square miles; 121,488 square kilometers (31st)

Capital

Jackson

Postal Abbreviation

MS

State Nickname

Magnolia State

Motto

Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)

Song

“Go Mississippi” (music and words by Houston Davis)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Magnolia bloom
  • Tree: Magnolia
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Stone: Petrified wood
  • Land mammals:
    • White-tailed deer,
    • red fox
  • Water mammal: Bottlenosed dolphin or porpoise
  • Shell: Oyster shell

Economy

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