State of Mississippi Demographics
Mississippi Capital City:
Jackson
State FLower:
Magnolia
State Bird:
Mockingbird
State #20 Admitted to Union:
December 10, 1817
People Facts Mississippi
Population, 2003 estimate 2,881,281
Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003 1.3%
Population, 2000

2,844,658

Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000 10.5%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000 7.2%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000 27.3%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000 12.1%
Female persons, percent, 2000 51.7%
White persons, percent, 2000 61.4%
Black or African American persons, percent, 2000 36.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2000 0.4%
Asian persons, percent, 2000 0.7%
Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000 0.5%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000 0.7%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000 1.4%
Living in same house in 1995 and 2000, pct age 5+, 2000 58.5%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2000 1.4%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2000 3.6%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2000 72.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000 16.9%
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2000 24.6
Housing Facts
Housing units, 2000 1,161,953
Homeownership rate, 2000 72.3%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2000 $71,400
Housing Facts
Households, 2000 1,046,434
Persons per household, 2000 2.63
Median household income, 1999 $31,330
Per capita money income, 1999 $15,853
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999 19.9%
Business Facts
Wholesale trade sales, 1997 ($1000) 18,445,224
Retail sales, 1997 ($1000) 20,774,508
Retail sales per capita, 1997 $7,605
Accomodation and foodservices sales, 1997 ($1000) 3,064,753
Total number of firms, 1997 167,907
Minority-owned firms, percent of total, 1997 13.1%
Women-owned firms, percent of total, 1997 22.8%
Geography Facts
Land area, 2000 (square miles) 46,907
Persons per square mile, 2000 60.6
Counties: Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, De Soto, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Walthall, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wilkinson, Winston, Yalobusha, Yazoo