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Welcome to Mississippi

Mississippi, one of the Deep South states of the United States. It is bordered by Alabama (E), the Gulf of Mexico (S), Arkansas and Louisiana, with most of the border formed by the Mississippi R. (W), and Tennessee (N).

Area, 47,716 sq mi (123,584 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 2,844,658, a 10.5% increase since the 1990 census.
Capital and largest city,Jackson. 
Motto,Virtute et Armis [By Valor and Arms].
State bird,mockingbird.
State flower,magnolia.
State tree, magnolia.

Mississippi is traditionally one of the more rural states in the Union; not until 1965 did manufacturing take over as the leading revenue-producing sector of its economy. In 2000, Mississippi ranked third in the nation in the production of cotton, but soil erosion resulting from overcultivation and the destruction caused by the boll weevil have led to the increased agricultural diversification. The other most important crops are rice and soybeans. Today broiler chicken production, aquaculture (chiefly catfish raising), and dairying are increasingly important. The state's most valuable mineral resources, petroleum and natural gas, have been developed only since the 1930s. 

Industry has grown rapidly with the development of oil resources and has been helped by the Tennessee Valley Authority and by a state program to balance agriculture with industry, under which many communities have subsidized and attracted new industries. Revenue from industrial products, including chemicals, plastics, foods, and wood products, have exceeded those from agriculture in recent years. On the Gulf coast there is a profitable fishing and seafood processing industry, and gambling is now booming on the Gulf Coast, along the Mississippi River in Natchez and Vicksburg, and in long impoversihed Tunica County, in the northwest.

There are military air facilities at Columbus, Biloxi, and Meridian, as well as the Stennis Space Flight Center at Bay St. Louis. The state's per capita income, however, remains the lowest in the nation.

Known as the Magnolia State, Mississippi has a total population of approximately 2,850,000 residents. Mississippi offers a heritage rich in culture and a legacy of world-renowned artists, performers and authors. Our average temperatures: Spring - 65, Fall - 66, Winter - 48, and Summer - 81. Jackson is the State capitol with a metro area population of around 250,000. We have a 7% sales tax rate in Mississippi. Jackson offers many wonderful houses of worship. You are certain to find a home in the church or synagogue of your choice.

Jackson is the only United States site for the International Ballet Competition, held on a rotating basis between four international cities (Varna, Bulgaria; Moscow, Russia; and Helsinki, Finland). Residents from all around serve as volunteers for this premier event.

10 minutes north of Jackson is the city of Madison; 10 minutes west is Clinton. Both of these cities are Designated Retirement Communities and offer special amenities to make the retirement years as active and enjoyable as you wish. Both cities are excellent examples of the communities, cultural events, and activities you will find throughout central Mississippi. Civic involvement, Adult Enrichment courses at area colleges, and a wide variety of community events make these cities gems.

Just minutes from downtown Jackson is the beautiful and historic 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway.  The Trace was the busiest highway in America in the early 1800's. Known for its history and charming drive, the Trace runs the length of Mississippi from the Tennessee State line to its termination in Natchez. Take a lazy Sunday drive along the Trace where the speed limit is 50 miles per hour; the only signs you'll see are the ones alerting you to historical markers, nature trails, scenic spots and campgrounds. Stay alert, though, for the bountiful wildlife that calls this National Park home.

Driving the Natchez Trace Parkway north, you'll skirt the 33,000 acre Ross Barnett Reservoir, a short 15 minutes from downtown Jackson. The Reservoir offers exceptional facilities for all your boating, sailing, and fishing pleasures. There are dozens of state parks around the Reservoir where you can enjoy canoeing, hiking, camping, and other outdoor pursuits.

Mississippi is home to the blues and artists like B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Mississippi is the birth place of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock-n-Roll, and authors William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Margaret Walker Alexander, John Grisham, Willie Morris, Shelby Foote, and Donna Tarrt just to name a few. Mississippi is also the home of Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Gerald McRaney, Faith Hill and LeAnn Rimes. Plan a weekend around the Delta Blues Festival and experience the birth of the blues first-hand. Join our authors at book signings in area bookstores or enjoy the festivals throughout the year that celebrate our heritage.

Take your own personalized tour of our area. If you have questions or want more information, let us know. We'll be happy to help you discover "Mississippi."


The "Mississippi, Believe It!" Campaign


Yes, our roads are paved ... AND we have the best student drivers under the sun.

Yes, we have running water ... right next to
the world’s finest kitchen appliances.

Y’all May Think We Talk Funny,
But The World Takes Our Music Seriously.

A State of Grace.

Yes, we can read.
A few of us can even write.

Yes, we wear shoes.

A few of us even wear cleats.

Monster Trucks? No.

Hog Callin'? No.
Tractor Pulls? No.
World-Class Entertainers? Yes!

Meet a Few of Our New "Good Ole Boys."


When It Comes to Modern Medicine,
We Wrote The Book.

A Mississippi Stereo Type.


The First to Have a Change of Heart ...
and Lungs ... and Kidneys ...

No Black. No White. Just The Blues.

The Unmatched Courage of a Soldier. The Ultimate Sacrifice of a Town. The Unparalleled Vision of a Workforce. Mississippi. A Legendary Force for Freedom.

Freedom Unsinkable.

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. Varna, Bulgaria. Helsinki, Finland. Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Mississippi? You Better Believe It!

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Mississippi? You Better Believe It!

Where Is The World’s Largest Auto Plant That Was Built From Scratch? Japan? No. Germany? No. Detroit? No.
You Better Believe It!