Mississippi Education and State Information

Information About Mississippi

Located in the southeastern United States, Mississippi is bordered by Alabama to the east, Tennessee to the north and Arkansas and Louisiana to the west. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mississippi had an estimated population of close to 3 million people in 2015. The previous year, approximately 60% of the population identified as white, 37.5% as black or African American and 3% as Hispanic or Latino.

Mississippi experiences hot, sticky summers and relatively mild winters. The state capital of Jackson is Mississippi's largest city and host to several annual cultural festivals, including the Crossroads Film Festival, CelticFest Mississippi and LatinFest, as well as the Mississippi State Fair. The title of second largest city in the state goes to Gulfport, which has become a popular destination for gambling, golfing and watersports, thanks to its location along the Gulf of Mexico.

Education in Mississippi

Ranked among the nation's top 100 public schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, at number 88, Mississippi State University is one of the largest postsecondary schools in the state, with slightly more than 20,000 students as of Fall 2014. Ahead of the school in terms of student population, with just over 22,500 students in Fall 2014, is the University of Mississippi in Oxford. U.S. News ranked the University of Mississippi the 71st best public school in 2016.

Mississippi also has a handful of regionally ranked colleges and universities, including Blue Mountain College, ranked the 22nd best regional college in the South by U.S. News, and Mississippi College in Clinton and William Carey University in Hattiesburg, ranked the 32nd and 41st best regional universities in the South, respectively.

Students seeking a certificate or associate's degree have various options at nonprofit schools in Mississippi. Some of the larger schools of this type include Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston and Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia.

Economy of Mississippi

Mississippi's annual median household income of $39,464 for the years 2010-2014, much lower than the national average of $53,482. According to Census figures from 2012, health care and social assistance, retail trade, manufacturing, and accommodation and food services held the most jobs, each industry with more than 100,000 employees.

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