Spelling the name of this state out loud is a catchy way to remember it, and a way to make sure you spell it correctly. The name “Mississippi” comes from an Indian word meaning “great waters” or “father of waters.” Mississippi entered the Union as the 20th state in 1817. Considered part of the Deep South, Mississippi, with its rich soil and many rivers, is an agricultural state. The state flower is the fragrant magnolia blossom, and the capital is Jackson.

Capital City: Jackson
Nickname: Magnolia State
Motto: Virtute et Armis (By valor and arms)
Statehood: December 10, 1817 (20th)
Origin of State’s Name: Possible based on Chippewa Indian words “mici zibi,” loosely meaning “great river” or “gathering in of all water”
Largest Cities: Jackson, Biloxi, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Gulfport
Border States: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee
Land Area: 46,914 sq. mi.; 31st largest
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Magnolia (magnolia grandiflora)
State Tree: Magnolia ( magnolia grandiflora)
State Song: Go Mis-sis-sip-pi