Mississippi Facts



State Abbreviation MS
Statehood December 10, 1817
State Capital Jackson
State Size Total (Land + Water): 48,430 sq miles; Land Only: 46,907 sq miles
Number of Counties 82
State Population (2010)2,967,297
Electoral Votes6
State Quarter Issue Date October 15, 2002
State Motto Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
State Flower Bloom of the magnolia or evergreen magnolia
State Bird Mockingbird
Nickname Magnolia State
State Flag Mississippi State Flag
Area Codes 228, 601, 662, 769
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Jackson (173,514)
Gulfport (67,793)
Southaven (48,982)
Hattiesburg (45,989)
Biloxi (44,054)
Major Sports Teams None




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