Mississippi State
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Mississippi State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted Mississippi as the 20th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about Mississippi.

State Name:
Mississippi

Abbreviation:
MS

Capital:
Jackson

Date of Statehood:
December 10, 1817

Population:
2,921,088 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
Most of Mississippi's acreage is devoted to soybeans but cotton is the largest cash crop. Mississippi ranks third in the nation in cotton production. The state's farmlands yield important harvests of corn, peanuts, pecans, rice, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, soybeans, and food grains as well as poultry, eggs, meat animals, dairy products, feed crops, and horticultural crops.

Primary Industry:
Mississippi remains the world's leading producer of pond-raised catfish. Mississippi boasts 100,000 of the 140,000 total acres nationwide of catfish ponds.

Nickname:
The Magnolia State

Motto:
Virtute et armis (By valor and arms.)

Flower:
Magnolia (Legislation of 1952)
Picture of the Magnolia, the official state flower of Mississippi.

Tree:
Magnolia (Legislation of 1938)

Bird:
Mockingbird (Legislation of 1944)
Picture of the Mockingbird, the official state bird of Mississippi.
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Fish:
Largemouth or Black Bass (Legislation of 1974)

Insect:
Honey Bee (Legislation of 1980)

Gemstone:
Petrified Wood (Legislation of 1976)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of Mississippi.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of Mississippi.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of Mississippi.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of Mississippi state.
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