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General Facts

For Mississippi

Mississippi real estate - homes for sale
 
Median Household Income: $ 30,398
Income (w/ Children): $ 45,514
Population: 2,752,092
Land Area: 46,914 Square Miles
Population Density: 59 Persons per Square Mile
Nickname: Magnolia State
Capital: Jackson
Date of Statehood: December 10, 1817
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Magnolia
State Tree: Magnolia

 

Mississippi is located in the Southeastern United States, bordering on the Gulf of Mexico. Early explored by the Spanish and colonized by the French, Mississippi’s warm climate and rich soil proved ideally suited to cotton, which became the main crop even before 1800 and remained the mainstay of its economy until the 20th century.

Anglo-Saxon settlers from the older seaboard states flocked to Mississippi’s virgin lands, bringing black slaves to work their fields, and until 1940 blacks outnumbered whites. Even today Mississippi has a larger percentage of blacks than any other state. Relations between the races have tended to shape Mississippi’s history and to foster a conservative political philosophy and an insistence on state’s rights among its white majority. In recent years, however, blacks have begun to enter political and economic realms formerly virtually closed to them. At the same time, "king" cotton has made room for a more diversified agriculture, and Mississippi has undergone an industrial boom. Although Mississippians still cherish the columned mansions and hallowed traditions of their past, they can now boast a diversified industrial and agricultural economy.

Mississippi entered the Union on December 10, 1817, as the 20th state. Jackson, Mississippi’s capital and largest city, was founded at about the same time. The state takes its name from the Mississippi River, the great waterway that forms the state’s western boundary. The river’s name was derived from an Algonquin term for "big river." Mississippi is commonly nicknamed the Magnolia State because of the great number of magnolia trees that grow within its borders. The blossom of the magnolia is the state flower.

Mississippi ranks 32nd among the states in size, with a total area of 48,286 square miles, including 781 square miles of inland water and 591 square miles of coastal waters over which it has jurisdiction. It has a maximum length, from north to south, of about 330 miles and a maximum width of about 180 miles. Its mean elevation is about 300 feet.

The climate of Mississippi is characterized by long, hot, and humid summers and generally mild winters. The higher lands in the northeast are usually cooler than other areas of the state.

Average January temperatures range from about 42° in northeastern Mississippi to about 54° along the Gulf Coast. No part of the state is entirely free from freezing temperatures, but prolonged periods of extreme cold rarely occur. Temperatures more than 30° below freezing have on occasion been recorded throughout the north and in much of the southwest.

July average temperatures range from about 78° in the northeast to about 75° in the northwest. Days are generally hot and oppressive, with daytime highs often in the high 90°s. Nighttime temperatures afford little relief from the heat and rarely fall below 70°. However, sea breezes provide more tolerable conditions along the coast.

Annual precipitation, or rainfall and snowfall, ranges from less than 48 inches in a few northwestern areas to more than 60 inches in most of the south. Most precipitation is in the form of rain. Snow falls occasionally but rarely remains on the ground for more than a few days.

Ice storms, though relatively rare, do occur in the state and are extremely damaging to the economy. In February 1994 a layer of ice, up to six (6) inches deep in some areas, coated north and western parts of the state, destroying millions of dollars worth of trees and leaving some people without electricity and water for several weeks. The state is also affected by thunderstorms, lightning, hail, fog, and droughts. In the late summer and the fall, the state is occasionally struck by hurricanes moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi is also struck by tornadoes, especially during the period from February to May.