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Offical Name State of Mississippi
Nicknames The Magnolia State
Abbreviations MS, US-MS
Origin of Name "Great River" in Ojibwe Indian language

Official Language English
Admission to Union 10 December 1817
Time Zone Central
Official Web Site www.mississippi.gov

Capital Jackson
Largest City Jackson
Population 2,844,658 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: cotton, corn, soybeans, rice, fishing

Industry: oil, textiles, electronic equipment, transportation equipment

Area 48,434 square miles (125,443 km2)
Major Rivers Big Black River, Pearl River, Yazoo River, Mississippi River
Major Lakes Arkabutla Lake, Grenada Lake, Sardis Lake, Ross Barnett Reservoir
Highest Point Woodall Mount - 806 feet (246 meters)
Bordering States Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water Gulf of Mexico

Flag Mississippi Flag
Motto "Virtute et Armis" - By Valor and Arms
Song Go, Mississippi
Patron Saint Our Lady of Sorrows
Land Mammals Red Fox, White-tailed Deer
Water Mammal Bottlenose Dolphin
Bird Mockingbird
Waterfowl Wood Duck
Insect Honeybee
Butterfly Spicebush Swallowtail
Fish Largemouth Bass
Shell Oyster
Fossil Zygorhiza Kochii
Flower Magnolia
Wildflower Coreopsis
Tree Magnolia
Beverage Milk
Stone Petrified Wood
Soil Natchez
Dance Square Dance

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