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Mississippi, the "Magnolia State"

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The name "Mississippi" comes from an Indian word meaning "great waters" or "father of waters". In 1817, Mississippi was admited as the 20th state to the Union. Mississippi is a state that is going through great changes. Part of the Deep South, it was once a land of farmers and quiet towns. It is becoming a state of factory workers and busy cities. But tradition plays an important part in Mississippi life. The state retains many reminders of the Old South. Stately mansions bring back memories of Mississippi plantation life before the Civil War. The large, sunny beaches and fine hotels of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are popular vacation destinations. 

Der Name Mississippi leitet sich von dem indianischen Wort für "Großes Wasser" oder "Vater der Gewässer" ab. 1817 wurde das Gebiet als 20. Bundesstaat in den Verbund aufgenommen. Mississippi ist ein Bundesstaat, der große Veränderungen erfährt. Als Teil des tiefen Südens war er einst ein Land von Farmern und ruhigen Städtchen. Heute ist Mississippi dabei, sich zu einem Bundesstaat der Fabrikarbeiter und geschäftigen Großstädte zu wandeln. Aber Tradition spielt immer noch eine große Rolle im Leben Mississippis. Vieles erinnert an den „Alten Süden". Stattliche Herrenhäuser rufen Bilder des Plantagenlebens vor dem Bürgerkrieg in Erinnerung. Die Golfküste Mississippis ist ein beliebtes Urlaubsziel; hier findet man große, sonnige Strände und gute Hotels.

Governor: Haley Barbour, R (to Jan. 2008)
Senators: Thad Cochran, R (to Jan. 2015); Trent Lott, R (to Jan. 2013)
House of Representatives: 4 districts | Search by zip code

Population (July 2005):
2,921,000; National Rank: 31; Percent change since April 2000: 2.7%
Land Area: 46,914 sq mi. (121,506 sq km); National Rank:
10 largest cities (2005 est): Jackson, 177,977; Gulfport, 72,464; Biloxi, 50,209; Hattiesburg, 47,176; Southhaven, 38,840; Greenville, 38,724; Meridian, 38,605; Tupelo, 35,673; Olive Branch, 27,964; Clinton, 26,017

Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 80.2
Per Capita Personal Income 2005: $25,319; National Rank: 49
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars):
4,008; National Rank: 34
Cotton, poultry, cattle, catfish, soybeans, dairy products, rice.
Industry: Apparel, furniture, lumber and wood products, food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment.

State of Mississippi Official Homepage
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State and Local Government on the Internet

· Mississippi Profile - Fedstats
· U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Mississippi
· U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Mississippi

· Mississippi - Regional Accounts Data

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