Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 48,430 sq miles; Land Only: 46,907 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Central Time Zone|
||Alabama, Arkanssas, Louisiana, Tennessee|
|Highest Point||Woodall Mountain, 807 feet|
|State Population (2015)||2,992,333|
|State Population Density||63.8 people / square mile|
||228, 601, 662, 769|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Government & Legislature
|State Fish||Largemouth (black bass)|
||Bloom of the magnolia or evergreen magnolia|
|State Fossil||Prehistoric whale|
||Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)|
|State Shell||Oyster shell|
|State Stone||Petrified wood|
|State Water Mammal||Bottlenosed dolphin (porpoise)|
|State Waterfowl||Wood duck|
Mississippi Fun Facts
- The state of Mississippi was named for the Mississippi River, whose name comes from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word "misi-ziibi," meaning "great river."
- On April 25, 1866, women in Columbus decorated the graves of both the Confederate and Union soldiers in Friendship Cemetery. This gesture became known as Decoration Day, the beginning of what we observe today as Memorial Day.
- The Mississippi city of Greenwood is commonly called the Cotton Capital of the World.
- While on a hunting expedition near Onward in November of 1902, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear that had been surrounded. This event inspired a Brooklyn candy shop owner to create a stuffed "Teddy's Bear." Teddy bears soon became a favorite toy all over the world.
- On June 11, 1963, Dr. James Hardy of the University of Mississippi performed the world's first human lung transplant.
- The Mississippi city of Vardaman is called the Sweet Potato Capital of the World.
- Greenville is called the Towboat Capital of the World.
- The world's only cactus plantation is in Edwards, Mississippi.
- In 1894, Coca-Cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenharn in Vicksburg.
- In Mississippi, it is illegal for a man to seduce a woman by pretending that he will marry her.
This page was last updated on August 21, 2016.