Welcome to Mississippi
Mississippi is a state in the southeastern region of the United States.
The most common nickname for Mississippi is “The Magnolia State”. The magnolia is the state flower as well as the state tree of Mississippi. The Mississippi quarter shows beauty of the state flower, combining the blossoms and leaves of two magnolias.
The capital and the largest city of Mississippi is Jackson.
Mississippi is the 32nd largest state in the United States and the western boundary of Mississippi is largely defined by the Mississippi River. The state of Mississippi generally consists of lowland plains and low hills.
Mississippi frequently ranks low among states in measures of health, development and education and high in measures of poverty.
Mississippi is bordered to Alabama to the east, Gulf of Mexico to the south, Tennessee to the north, Arkansas to the northwest and Louisiana to the southwest.
Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate climate with short and mild winters and long, hot humid summers.
In the summer the temperature varies little in state but in the winter it is significantly warmer in the region near Mississippi Sound than in the inland of the Mississippi state. Heavy snowfall is rare in Mississippi.
Thunderstorms are common in Mississippi, especially in the southern part of the state. Mississippi has around 27 tornadoes annually and two of the five deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history have occurred in the Mississippi state.
The late summer and fall is also the seasonal period for hurricanes moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico, especially in the southern part of the Mississippi state.
Cotton is a major crop in Mississippi and there are about 825 cotton farms in the Mississippi state that produce over 1.4 million bales annually.
Mississippi also has some major automotive factories, such as the Toyota Mississippi Plant in Blue Springs and a Nissan Automotive plant in Canton.
On August 30, 2007, a report by the United States Census Bureau indicated that Mississippi was the poorest state in the country and of December 2018, the Mississippi state’s unemployment rate was 4.7%, the seventh highest in the country, after Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, West Virginia, District of Columbia and Alaska.
The legislature’s 1990 decision to legalize casino gambling along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast has led to increased revenues and economic gains for the state and gambling towns in Mississippi have attracted increased tourism.
In Tupelo, Mississippi you can visit the shotgun house where Elvis Presley was born in January 8, 1935. The hous was built by Elvis Presleys father, Vernon Presley.
While in Tupelo you should also visit the Tupelo Automobile Museum an extensive collection of rare antique vehicles.
The Tupelo Automobile Museum is 120,000-square-foot with over 100 classic and collectible automobiles. During a self-guided tour, visitors can see an 1886 Mercedes Benz, a Lincoln that was once owned by Elvis Presley, a rare Tucker vehicle, and a 1994 Dodge Viper that has never been driven.
In Vicksburg, Mississippi you can visit the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, a candy store where Coca-Cola was bottled for the first time.
Quick facts about Mississippi
- Nickname: The Magnolia State
- Capital city: Jackson
- Largest city: Jackson
- Area: 48,430 sq mi (125,443 km2) (ranked 32th of 50)
- Population: Est 2,986,530 (2018) (ranked 34 of 50)
- Highest point: Woodall Mountain
- Lowest point: Gulf of Mexico
- Latitude: 30° 12′ N to 35° N
- Longitude: 88° 06′ W to 91° 39′ W
- Bordering states: Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana