”’Mississippi”’ is a state in the south of the USA, the 20th state that became part of a union state. The name Mississippi from the language of the Ojibwe Indians is translated as “Big River.”
The state borders Tennessee in the north, Alabama in the east, Louisiana in the southwest, and Arkansas in the northwest. Mississippi is washed by the Gulf of Mexico in the south.

Mississippi lags far behind in the economic development of the other states of the USA; it occupies the last place regarding GDP relative to its population.

This situation is primarily due to historical reasons.
Natural disasters also cause significant damage to the Mississippi economy. “The great flood on the Mississippi” in 1927, the hurricanes “Camilla” in 1969 and “Katrina” in 2005, numerous other blows of elements not only claimed hundreds of lives but also greatly influenced the development of the state.

The capital of the state is Jackson.

Mississippi’s nicknames

The Magnolia State, The Hospitality State


Mississippi area

Total 48,430 sq mi (125,443 km2)
Width 170 miles (275 km)
Length 340 miles (545 km)


From the XVI century, the Europeans for a long time figured out who will be the owner of these lands. The French, the Spaniards, and the British designated their claims to it. However, as a result, American territories was under USA control. Such an outcome was preceded by the American Revolutionary War. And after it, the victorious Americans had to buy the French part of Mississippi for $ 15 million from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803. December 10, 1817, Mississippi officially became the 20th USA state.

Soon the state was in the top five wealthiest states, thanks to the cultivation of cotton and the active use of slave labor. Before the Civil War (1861–65), the number of Afro-American slaves was 437,000, and the white population — 354,000. With the start of the war, Mississippi became the second state of the Confederation of the South, and its local Davis became president.

To the accepted characteristics of Mississippi: “Magnolia State,” “Hospitality State” you can add one more – “Motherland of American Writers.”
Land, cotton, and water helped the Mississippi become one of the wealthiest states. But, being in a difficult situation after the end of the Civil War, the state loses its economic leadership in the country.
As a result, Mississippi was one of the least prosperous regions in the United States.


Around 3,000,000 people live in Mississippi. The average population density in Magnolia State is about 63.5/sq mi  (24.5/km2).

The largest city of the state is capital Jackson, where about 175,000 people live. Other major cities in Mississippi are Gulfport (about 70,000), Hattiesburg (about 55,000), Southaven (about 50,000) and Biloxi (about 45,000).

TOP 5 Universities

Best Universities in Mississippi

* Mississippi State University
* University of Mississippi
* University of Southern Mississippi
* University of Mississippi Medical Center
* Mississippi College


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