State AbbreviationMS
StatehoodDecember 10, 1817
State CapitalJackson
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 48,430 sq miles; Land Only: 46,907 sq miles
Number of Counties82
State Population (2010)2,967,297
Electoral Votes6
State Quarter Issue Date15-Oct-02
State MottoVirtute et armis (By valor and arms)
State FlowerBloom of the magnolia or evergreen magnolia
State BirdMockingbird
NicknameMagnolia State
Area Codes228, 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 TeamsNone
Federal PrisonsNone
Federal Correctional InstitutionsFederal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City Low
Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City Medium
State PrisonsCentral Mississippi Correctional Facility (Rankin County)
Mississippi State Penitentiary (Sunflower County, formerly Parchman Farm)
South Mississippi Correctional Institution (Greene County)

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