Covering an area of 125,443 sq. km, the State of Mississippi is located in the Gulf Coast region of the United States.
The State of Mississippi is mostly low-lying and its heart sits between the two lowland plains – the Mississippi Plain (or Delta) in the west, and the Gulf Coastal Plain in the east.
The central part of the state is hilly, as the land gently rises from the Gulf of Mexico coastline to the far north-eastern highlands. Situated in the north-eastern part of the state is the Woodall Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 806 ft (246 m) and is Mississippi’s highest point, as marked on the map by an upright yellow triangle.
As observed on the map, the state’s most important river is the Mississippi. It rises in northwestern Minnesota, then flows south to the Gulf of Mexico, just below the city of New Orleans. The river serves as a significant transportation artery and when combined with its major tributaries (the Missouri and Ohio rivers) it becomes the third largest river system in the world; measuring about (2,339 miles) (3,765 km) in length.
The longest indigenous river of the state of Mississippi is the Pearl River – which flows about 450 twisted-miles south from the eastern center of the state and drains into the Gulf of Mexico. Other significant rivers include the Big Black, Yazoo, Pascagoula, and Tombigbee. The state's largest lakes are all manmade, and they include Sardis, Grenada, Enid as well as the Ross Barnett Reservoir situated to the northeast of Jackson.
The Gulf of Mexico coastal wetlands, which is an area of bays, bogs, estuaries, marshes, and swamps, stretches from Texas into Louisiana, then on through Mississippi, Alabama, and north-western Florida. The coastline of Mississippi includes a series of bays separated from the Gulf of Mexico itself by the very shallow Mississippi Sound, which is fronted by the small islands of Petit Bois, Horn, Ship, and Cat. The islands are collectively referred to as the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The Gulf of Mexico (0ft) is also the state’s lowest point.
The State of Mississippi is divided into 82 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, DeSoto, 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, and Yazoo.
With an area of 125,443 sq. km, the State of Mississippi is the 32nd largest and the 34th most populous state in the USA. Located in the northeastern part of Hinds County, along with small portions in Madison and Rankin counties is, Jackson (officially, the City of Jackson) is the capital, largest, and the most populous city of Mississippi. Jackson houses major manufacturing industries like food processing, metal products, and machinery among others. The capital city is situated on the top of an extinct volcano, that is found 2,900ft below the surface and is, therefore, the only US city with this feature.
The State of Mississippi is located in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. Mississippi is bordered by the state of Tennessee in the north, by Arkansas in the northwest, by Alabama in the east, by Louisiana in the southwest, and by the Gulf of Mexico in the south. The Mississippi River flows along the state’s entire western border.
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Jackson, Mississippi (420,208)
This page was last updated on February 25, 2021