31 Important Facts About Mississippi

Last updated on March 13th, 2020

22. Jackson, Mississippi along with Helsinki (Finland), Moscow (Russia) and Varna (Bulgaria) are the only 4 cities in the world officially sanctioned to host the International Ballet Competition. In 1978, the nonprofit corporation, Mississippi Ballet International, Inc. (MBI), was created to produce the first International Ballet Competition in the United States.[23]

23. Greenwood, MS is known as the “Cotton Capital of the World”.

A jug of milk and glass of milk.
A jug of milk and glass of milk.

24. Milk is the state beverage of Mississippi and of other 21 states including Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and others.[11]

25. The world’s only cactus plantation is located in Mississippi.[12]

26. Mississippi is 340 miles long and 170 miles wide.[15]

27. At 806 feet, Woodland Mountain is the highest point in the state. The lowest point in Mississippi is along the shore at the Gulf of Mexico.[15,16]

28. According to a source, there are about 825 cotton farms in the state that produce over 1.4 million bales annually. Moreover, cotton production was valued at $562 million in 2017.[20]

29. Sardis Lake is the largest lake in the state.

The White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
The White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

30. The population of the White-tailed Deer, which is estimated to exceed 1.75 million in the state, is higher on a deer-per-unit-area basis (density) than any other state, and only Texas has a greater number of deer. Nationally, the population of the White-tailed deer exceeds 30 million.[27]

31. Did you know that life expectancy at birth in Mississippi is the lowest of all states and has historically been low?[28]

Mississippi – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationMS
State CapitalJackson
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Largest CityJackson
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 48,430 sq miles; Land Only: 46,907 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodDecember 10, 1817
State rank by population34th
State rank by date of formation20th
State rank by area32nd
Number of Counties82
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Bordering StatesAlabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointWoodall Mountain
807 ft (246.0 m)
Lowest pointGulf of Mexico
Sea level
Mean elevation300 feet above sea level
Length340 miles (545 km)
Width170 miles (275 km)
GovernorTate Reeves (R)
Lieutenant GovernorDelbert Hosemann (R)
Electoral Votes6
State MottoVirtute et armis (By valor and arms)
State NicknameMagnolia State
% Water3%
Noble prize WinnersWilliam Faulkner (Literature, 1949)
Famous peopleBrett Favre (Pro Football player)
Cool Papa Bell (Baseball player)
Chet Walker (Basketball player)
Lacey Chabert
Britney Spears
State BirdMockingbird
State ButterflySpicebush swallowtail
State FishLargemouth bass
State FlowerMagnolia
State FossilPrehistoric Whales
State InsectHoney bee
State Land mammalWhite-tailed deer
State Marine mammalBottlenose dolphin
State ReptileAmerican Alligator
State ShellEastern oyster
State StonePetrified Wood
State TreeMagnolia
State WaterfowlWood duck
Longitude88° 06′ W to 91° 39′ W
Latitude30° 12′ N to 35° N
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone
Area Codes228, 601, 662, 769
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020