Mississippi: Profile

Government 
Governor:Phil Bryant (R)
Treasurer:Lynn Fitch (R)
Senators:Roger Wicker (R)
Thad Cochran (R)
Entered Union:December 10, 1817
U.S. Representatives:4
Area 
Total Area125,438 km2 / 48,432 mi2
Land Area121,531 km2 / 46,923 mi2
Water Area3,907 km2 / 1,509 mi2
Water Area Percentage3.11 %
Time Zone  
Standard TimeGMT -6
Daylight-Saving TimeGMT -5
Weather 
Record High Temperature115°F / 47°C , Holly Springs (July 29, 1930)
Record Low Temperature-19°F / -28°C , Corinth (January 30, 1966)
GDP 
Total Gross Domestic Product (USD Billions)$105 (2014)
Per Capita Real GDP (USD)$31,551 (2014)
Population 
Population2,978,512 (2011)
Under 19 Population849,495 / 28.6% (2010)
65 and older Population380,407 / 12.8% (2010)
Male Population1,441,240 / 48.6% (2010)
Female Population1,526,057 / 51.4% (2010)
Non-English Speaker (at home) 91,779 (2007)
Net International Immigration 1,939 (2009)
Birth Rate (per 1,000)14.5 per 1,000 (2009)
Percent of People Under Poverty Level (%)23.9% (2013)
Major Cities 
CityPopulation (2012)
Jackson 175,437
Gulfport 70,113
Southaven 50,374
Employment 
Employment 1,133,000 (2015)
Average Weekly Wage (USD)$673 (2015)
Unemployment Rate (%)7.7% (2014)
Expenditures 
Per Capita State Spending (USD)$6,189 (2013)
Energy Expenditures per Person (USD)$5,268 (2013)
Expenditures of State and Local Government Employee-Retirement Systems (USD Thousands)$2,082 (2012)
Revenue 
Per Capita Personal Income (USD)$34,431 (2014)
State Internal Revenue Collection (USD Thousands)$11 (2014)
Cash and Security Holdings by State Government (USD Thousands)$28,227 (2013)
Per Capita State Tax Collection (USD)$2,257 (2011)
Education 
High School Graduation Rate (%)82.8% (2014)
Percent of Population with a Bachelor's Degree (%)21.1% (2014)
Percent of Population with an Advanced Degree (%)8% (2014)
Largest Universities  
Mississippi State University
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Mississippi
Logistics 
Public Road Length (Miles)75,181 Miles (2012)
Gas Tax Rate (%)18.8% (2015)
Number of Public Airports 79 (2015)
Main Airports 
CodeNameCity
GPTGulfport-Biloxi InternationalGulfport
GTRGolden Triangle RegionalColumbus
JANJackson-Evers InternationalJackson
MEIKey FieldMeridian
UTATunica MunicipalTunica
Ports 
Biloxi
Greenville
Gulfport
Pascagoula
Rosedale
Vicksburg

Sources:
Air Nav (2009)
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) (2009)
Bureau of Business and Economic Research (2009)
Bureau of Labor Statistics (2009)
Bureau of Transportation (2008)
Education Portal (2010)
Federal Aviation Administration (2009)
Internal Revenue Service (2009)
National Association of State Budget Officers (2008)
National Climatic Data Center (2009)
National Governors Association (2011)
Tax Foundation (2008)
U.S. Census Bureau (2000, 2007, 2008, 2009)
U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (2009)
U.S. Energy Information Administration (2008)
U.S. House of Representatives (2011)
United States Senate (2011)

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