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What Do You Know About Mississippi?

Updated on July 6, 2011


  • Jackson is the state capital and biggest city
  • Governor is Haley Barbour
  • The lowest point is sea level at the Gulf coast
  • 32nd biggest state
  • Mississippi is heavily forested, with over half of the state's area covered by wild trees
  • As of 2008, Mississippi has an estimated population of 2,938,618.
  • Federally recognized tribes include the Choctaw Indians.

Mississippi Trivia:

  • On January 23, 1964, Dr. James D. Hardy performed the world's first heart transplant surgery.
  • President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear. This act resulted in the creation of the world-famous teddy bear.
  • The world's largest shrimp is on display at the Old Spanish Fort Museum in Pascagoula.
  • Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, MS
  • The International Checkers Hall of Fame is in Petal, MS
  • Natchez now has more than 500 buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Place.  The Trace began as an Indian trail more than 8,000 years ago.
  • The Vicksburg National Cemetery is the second largest national cemetery in the country. Arlington National Cemetery is the largest.

State Symbols:

  • State bird:  Mockingbird
  • State mammal:  White tail deer
  • State water mammal: Bottlenosed dolphin 
  • State insect: Bee
  • State shell:  Oyster
  • State fish:  Large mouth bass
  • State fossil:  Prehistoric whale
  • State flower/ tree: Magnolia
  • State stone: Petrified wood

Unfortunate Facts: (According to 2007)

  • Ranked 50th state to live in
  • Ranked 48th in healthiest state
  • Ranked 24th in most dangerous state to live in
  • Ranked 48 in smartest state


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      Jackie 5 years ago

      I learn alot bout mississippi!

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      Fluffymetal 7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for all your comments

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      poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Thanks for this Hub. I was born and raised in Vicksburg. To me there is no greater place to be though I no loner live there. Your Hub brought back wonderfu memories.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I adore the south, thanks for the cool info on Mississippi, my uncle lived there when I was a kid and loved visiting Mississippi. Thanks :)

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      Brian 7 years ago

      Cool hub, (beats a kentucky hub 2 death)

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Hi Fluffy! In answer to your title question and everything your hub says, NOT AS MUCH AS I THOUGHT! Great educational hub!

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      Ohma 7 years ago

      Very Nice Fluffy very nice!

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      I have been to the casinos in Tunica. Great place.

      I enjoyed this. Voted it up.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      1990, Oct 16, I heard the loudest fart in the world down there. What was that woman eating? PolK Salad? Rated this one up. I never knew most of those things.

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      pinkylee 7 years ago

      great hub Fluffy...i have driven through Mississippi twice now ... once in the day and once at night .. both were awesome

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      Rod Marsden 7 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      A nice guide you have put together Fluffy. Lots of history.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good information, thank you.

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Very nicely done Fluffy. Lots of stuff to learn about. Pretty cool. A good addition to the Hubtrail. I do hope you'll make more too. :) :D Thank you. :)