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The Magnolia State
Capital:   Jackson
Motto:   Virtute et armis
Translation:   By valor and arms
Population:   2.97 million
Area of state:   48,430 sq. mi.
Admitted to U.S.:   1817

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Mississippi, also called "The Magnolia State," was admitted to the U.S. in 1817. The state was originally named after the Mississippi River. Its capital and largest city is Jackson. The state is one of only five states that elects its state officials in odd numbered years.

Mississippi has two members of the U.S. Senate, a total of four members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 122 members of the House of Representatives and 52 members of the State Senate.

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