Mississippi State Facts and Symbols

Mississippi became the 20th state in 1817 and is the 34th largest state by population with almost 3 million residents. It is also the 31st largest state by land and water area with a total area of 48,430 square miles. Jackson is the state capital as well as the largest city in Mississippi with a population of approximately 173,000 people.

The name Mississippi, roughly translated from Native American folklore, means "Father of Waters."

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the Mississippi State Quarter.



Mississippi State Flag

Mississippi State Flag


Mississippi State Facts

Mississippi State Capital - Jackson

State Motto - "VIRTUTE et ARMIS" (by valor and arms)

State Flower - Magnolia

State Wildflower - Coriopsis

State Tree - Magnolia

State Bird - Mockingbird

State Butterfly - Spicebush Swallowtail

State Fish - Largemouth or Black Bass

State Insect - Honeybee

State Reptile - Alligator

State Land Mammal - White-tailed Deer

State Water Mammal - Bottlenosed Dolphin

State Waterfowl - Wood duck

State Shell - Oyster Shell

State Fossil - Prehistoric Whale

State Rock or Stone - Petrified Wood

State Dance - Square Dance

State Beverage - Milk

State Toy - Teddy Bear



Mississippi State Map:

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Mississippi State Map


Mississippi State Song:

Go Mississippi
Words and Music by Houston Davis

Verse:
States may sing their songs of praise
With waving flags and hip-hoo-rays,
Let cymbals crash and let bells ring
'Cause here's one song I'm proud to sing.

Choruses:
Go, Mississippi, keep rolling along,
Go, Mississippi, you cannot go wrong,
Go, Mississippi, we're singing your song,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Go, Mississippi, you're on the right track,
Go, Mississippi, and this is a fact,
Go, Mississippi, you'll never look back,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Go, Mississippi, straight down the line,
Go, Mississippi, ev'rything's fine,
Go, MIssissippi, it's your state and mine,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Go, Mississippi, continue to roll,
Go, Mississippi, the top is the goal,
Go, Mississippi, you'll have and you'll hold,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Go, Mississippi, get up and go,
Go, Mississippi, let the world know,
That our Mississippi is leading the show,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I




Mississippi State Quarter

Mississippi State Quarter - FrontMississippi State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)





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