State Abbreviation MS
Statehood December 10, 1817
State Capital Jackson
State Size Total (Land + Water): 48,430 sq miles; Land Only: 46,907 sq miles
Number of Counties 82
State Population (2010) 2,967,297
Electoral Votes 6
State Quarter Issue Date 15-Oct-02
State Motto Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
State Flower Bloom of the magnolia or evergreen magnolia
State Bird Mockingbird
Nickname Magnolia State
Area Codes 228, 601, 662, 769
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Jackson (173,514)
Gulfport (67,793)
Southaven (48,982)
Hattiesburg (45,989)
Biloxi (44,054)
Major Sports Teams None
Federal Prisons None
Federal Correctional Institutions Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City Low
Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City Medium
State Prisons Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (Rankin County)
Mississippi State Penitentiary (Sunflower County, formerly Parchman Farm)
South Mississippi Correctional Institution (Greene County)

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