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US State
NicknameThe Magnolia State; The Hospitality State
MottoVirtute et armis
Official languagesEnglish
Largest citycapital
Area Ranked32nd
Total48430 sq mi 125443 km2
Width170 mi 275 km
Length340 mi 545 km
% water3%
Pop. Rank31st
Total2,967,297 (2010 US Census)
Density60.7 /sq mi 23.42 /km2
Median income$36,338 (50th)
Highest pointWoodall Mountain
806 ft 246 m
Mean300 ft 91 m
Lowest pointGulf of Mexico
0 ft 0 m
Other information
Admission to UnionDecember 10, 1817 (20th)
GovernorHaley Barbour (R)
Lieutenant GovernorPhil Bryant (R)
LegislatureMississippi Legislature
Upper houseState Senate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsThad Cochran (R)
Roger Wicker (R)
U.S. House delegation3 Republicans, 1 Democrat
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5

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Mississippi c-enaudio=en-us-Mississippi.oggˌmɪsɨˈsɪpi is a U.S. state located in the Southern United States. Jackson is the state capital and largest city. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary, whose name comes from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi ("Great River"). The state is heavily forested outside of the Mississippi Delta area, which had been cleared for cotton cultivation in the 19th century. Today its catfish aquaculture farms produce the majority of farm-raised catfish consumed in the United States. The state symbol is the magnolia grandiflora tree.

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