Moving to Mississippi
Mississippi comes from an Indian word meaning "Father of Waters." With the many lakes, rivers, streams, reservoirs and miles of coastline, there are abundant outdoor activities available in Mississippi including fishing, swimming, boating, sailing, canoeing, and water skiing. The state also offers more than 2 million acres of public hunting lands and professional hunting and fishing guides are numerous.
From Tunica, the third largest gaming destination in the U.S., to Biloxi along the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi casinos can be found throughout the state. Mississippi's culture and heritage is rich with museums, historical homes, Civil War sites and landmarks. Mississippi became the 20th in 1817. With a population of 2.8 people, it ranks 31st among the states, and is the 32nd largest of the fifty states in land size. Major industries are farming, oil, textiles, and tourism. With so much to do and year round warm climate, this is a state to call home.
Now that you are moving to Mississippi, besides having fun spelling it, impress your friends and family with these fun facts:
State Capital, and largest city, is Jackson.
State Motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms).
The Mississippi Gulf Coast, from Biloxi to Henderson Point, is the largest and longest man-made beach in the world.
State Nickname is the Magnolia State. The state tree is the magnolia and the state flower is the magnolia bloom.
Mississippi has more churches per capita than any other state.
The world's only cactus plantation is located in Edwards with more than 3,000 varieties of cacti.
Mississippi has more tree farms than any other state.
Root beer was invented in Biloxi in 1898.
Elvis� birthplace in Tupelo includes a museum, a chapel, and the two-room house where he was born.
The Mississippi River is the largest in the United States and is the nation's chief waterway. Its nickname is Old Man River.
Approximately 70 percent of the nation's farm-raised catfish comes from Mississippi.
Proportionally more Mississippians were killed during the Civil War than from any other Confederate state.
State Song is "Go, Mississippi."
State Bird is the Mockingbird.
H.A. Cole in Jackson developed the cleaning product, Pine-Sol, which is only manufactured in the town of Pearl, Mississippi.
Every commercial airliner has at least one hydraulic component manufactured by Vickers in Jackson.
The Mississippi river system is longest river in the United States and the 4th longest in the world.
The Mississippi River releases 2.3 million cubic feet of water per second into the Gulf of Mexico.
No US presidents were born in Mississippi.
In 1954, Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, MS.
Enjoy your new home Mississippi!