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

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.

Go, Mississippi, keep rolling along,
Go, Mississippi, you cannot go wrong,
Go, Mississippi, we're singing your song,

Go, Mississippi, you're on the right track,
Go, Mississippi, and this is a fact,
Go, Mississippi, you'll never look back,

Go, Mississippi, straight down the line,
Go, Mississippi, ev'rything's fine,
Go, MIssissippi, it's your state and mine,

Go, Mississippi, continue to roll,
Go, Mississippi, the top is the goal,
Go, Mississippi, you'll have and you'll hold,

Go, Mississippi, get up and go,
Go, Mississippi, let the world know,
That our Mississippi is leading the show,

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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