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Last Updated: October 17, 2021

Mississippi - The Magnolia State

Mississippi is situated in the southeastern part of the United States. The state has an estimated population of about 2.98 million in 2021. The capital city of Mississippi is Jackson, which is also the largest city in the state. It is bordered by Tennessee, Alabama, the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Mississippi received its statehood on December 10, 1817, making it the 20th state of America. The name of the state is derived from the Mississippi River and is also said to have originated from a Native American language where the word implies 'big river'. Mississippi is also popularly known as 'the Magnolia State' because of the presence of numerous Magnolia Trees in the state. Magnolia is the state flower and is also depicted in the State Quarter. Mississippi experiences a humid subtropical climate with extremely hot summers and cool winters.

Major Cities in Mississippi


With a population of about 154,000 Jackson is the largest state in Mississippi. It is also the capital city of the state. Jackson was incorporated as a city in 1822 and was named after Major General Andrew Jackson. The city is a major industrial and cultural epicenter. Major institutes of higher learning in Jackson include Belhaven University, Millsaps College, and Jackson State University. Mississippi State Capitol, Mississippi Museum of Art, Medgar Evers Home Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra are some of the popular places to visit in Jackson.


Gulfport is the second-largest city in Mississippi with an estimated population of around 73,000. Situated in Harrison County, Gulfport was established as a city on July 28, 1898. The city is generally prone to hurricanes due to its coastal location. However, this is also a popular tourist destination with places such as Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Gulfport Dragway, Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum, Harbor Square Park, Bayou View Golf Course, Gulf Islands Water Park, and so on.


With a population of approximately 55,000, Southaven is the third-largest city in the state of Mississippi. It is situated in DeSoto County and was established as a city on April 15, 1980. It is popularly nicknamed "The Top of Mississippi" or "The Tip of the ‘Sip". Renowned novelist John Grisham is said to be from this city. The Children's Museum of Memphis, Chucalissa Archaeological Museum, BankPlus Sports Center, BankPlus Amphitheater, Central Park Disc Golf, Urban Air Adventure Park, are some of the popular destinations situated in this city.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in Mississippi

The cost of living in Mississippi is extremely low. Housing costs are a lot cheaper than the national average followed by the cost of transportation. However, the cost of healthcare services is a bit higher than the national average. Some of the most expensive cities in the state are Oxford, Starkville, Bay St. Louis, and Pass Christian. Aberdeen, Clarksdale, Saltillo, Moss Point, and Senatobia are some of the most affordable cities in Mississippi. Education costs are the most affordable in this state. The only exception here is Millsaps College (Jackson), a private institution that charges a tuition fee of about $44,000 which is higher than the national average.

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

Some of the top universities/colleges in the state of Mississippi are:

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students


The Magnolia State is not just popular for its beautiful Magnolia trees but is also well-known as the birthplace of blues music. The state is rich in its art, culture, history, and diverse landscapes. Given that Mississippi also has fertile soil, the state is covered with beautiful forests and plantations. Some of the most beautiful places for tourists to visit are Tupelo Automobile Museum, Vicksburg National Military Park, Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Jackson Zoological Park, and several others. Given that the Mississippi climate can be unbearably hot, it is best to visit the state from November to April when the temperatures are cooler.

Universities & Colleges in Mississippi

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
Mississippi State University (Mississippi State) 24251$9409 / $25090$9409 / $25090
University of Mississippi (University) 25133$9409 / $27181$9409 / $27181
Jackson State University (Jackson) 8606$9409 / $10454$9409 / $10454
University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) 16921$9409 / $11499$9409 / $11499
Millsaps College (Jackson) 986$43908 / $43908$26136 / $26136
Delta State University (Cleveland) 5768$8363 / $8363$8363 / $8363
Mississippi College (Clinton) 6068$19863 / $19863$13590 / $13590
Mississippi University for Women (Columbus) 3223$8363 / $8363$8363 / $8363
William Carey University (Hattiesburg) 6551$13590 / $13590$10454 / $10454
Alcorn State University (Alcorn State) 4072$8363 / $8363$8363 / $8363
Tougaloo College (Tougaloo) 805$11499 / $11499$11499 / $11499
Blue Mountain College (Blue Mountain) 483$11499 / $11499$7318 / $7318
Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena) 2663$7318 / $7318$8363 / $8363
Rust College (Holly Springs) 856$10454 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Belhaven University (Jackson) 5647$28227 / $28227$11499 / $11499
Wesley Biblical Seminary (Jackson) 92$N/A / $N/A$13590 / $13590
Southeastern Baptist College (Laurel) 38$5227 / $5227$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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