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Mississippi, River barge on the Mississippi River, at Tunica County, MississippiMississippi, River barge on the Mississippi River, at Tunica County, Mississippi
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Mississippi is a state in the Southern region of the United States. It covers an area of 48,430 sq mi (125,443 sq km), measuring roughly 170 miles across and 340 miles from north to south. The state has a population of 2.9 million people. Its capital and largest city is Jackson.

Mississippi is border by Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, Louisiana to the southwest and Arkansas to the northwest.

Mississippi state new Capitol BuildingMississippi state new Capitol Building
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Fort Massachusetts, West Ship Island, MississippiFort Massachusetts, West Ship Island, Mississippi
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Travel to and within Mississippi

By Plane
You can fly to Mississippi arriving at the Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN) or the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT).

By Road
If you intend to explore Mississippi extensively, going by car would be the most practical option. Interstate 55 highway cuts through the state from north to south, connecting Memphis in Tennessee with New Orleans in Louisiana. I-20 runs from east to west. Both highways meet in Jackson.

Windsor Ruins, Claiborne county, MississippiWindsor Ruins, Claiborne county, Mississippi
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Warren County Courthouse, Vicksburg, MississippiWarren County Courthouse, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Cities in Mississippi

Population 2011 estimates.
  1. Biloxi (45,670)
    City in Harrison County.

  2. Columbus (26,000)
    City in Lowndes County.

  3. Gulfport (65,000)
    Second largest city in Mississippi.

  4. Hattiesburg (45,000)
    City in Forrest County.

  5. Jackson (185,000)
    Capital and most populous city in Mississippi.

  6. Natchez (19,000)
    One of the oldest European settlements in Mississippi.

  7. Oxford (19,000)
    Home of the University of Mississippi.

  8. Starkville (18,600)
    Venue of the Magnolia Film Festival.

  9. Vicksburg (27,000)
    City in Warren County.

Places of Interest in Mississippi

  1. Gulf Coast
    Coastline facing the Gulf of Mexico.

  2. Mississippi Delta
    Vast alluvial basin at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

  3. Natchez Trace Parkway
    Park commemorating a historic trail.

  4. Tupelo
    Birthplace of Elvis Presley.

  5. Vicksburg National Military Park
    Park commemorating a 47-day siege during the Civil War.

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