State Abbreviation MS
State Capital Jackson
State Size Total (Land + Water): 48,430 sq miles; Land Only: 46,907 sq miles
Number of Counties 82
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee
Highest Point Woodall Mountain, 807 feet
National Parks None
State Population (2015) 2,992,333
State Population Density 63.8 people / square mile
Area Codes 228, 601, 662, 769
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Jackson (173,514)
State Beverage Milk
State Bird Mockingbird
State Fish Largemouth (black bass)
State Flower Bloom of the magnolia or evergreen magnolia
State Fossil Prehistoric whale
State Insect Honeybee
State Motto Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
State Nickname Magnolia State
State Shell Oyster shell
State Stone Petrified wood
State Water Mammal Bottlenosed dolphin (porpoise)
State Tree Magnolia
State Waterfowl Wood duck
•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.
•A Brooklyn candy shop owner created 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.
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