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Mississippi Business at a Glance

Gross State Product: $107 B (as of Nov. 2016)

(source: Forbes)

Mississippi finishing last in 2014, but has moved up one spot each of the past two years in the Best States for Business. The state finished in the bottom four rankings in four of our six main categories, including labor supply, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. The state ranks in the bottom three on both college and high school attainment rates. Another issue: in addition to having the lowest median household income at $40,593, Mississippi is burdened with the highest poverty rate in the U.S. A couple of positives: a small union workforce and an incentive climate that is one of the best in the nation.

Market Fundamentals

  • Population: 2,993,500
  • Governor: Phil Bryant
  • Median Household Income: $40,593
  • Job Growth (2016): 1%
  • Cost of Doing Business: 3% below nat’l avg
  • College Attainment: 20.8%
  • Net Migration (2015): 9,500
  • Moody’s Bond Rating: Aa2

Mississippi Business Links

List of Mississippi Newspapers

Title Locale Frequency
Biloxi-D'Iberville Press Biloxi/D'Iberville Weekly
Bolivar Commercial Cleveland Daily
Brookhaven Daily Leader Brookhaven Daily
Clarion-Ledger Jackson/statewide Daily
Clarksdale Press Register Clarksdale Daily
Commercial Dispatch Columbus Daily
Crystal Springs Meteor Crystal Springs, MS Weekly
Daily Corinthian Corinth Daily
Daily Leader Brookhaven Daily
Daily Star Grenada Daily
Daily Times Leader West Point Daily
Deer Creek Pilot Rolling Fork Weekly
Delta Democrat-Times Greenville Daily
Enterprise-Journal McComb Daily
Enterprise-Tocsin Indianola, Mississippi Weekly
Greenwood Commonwealth Greenwood Daily
Hattiesburg American Hattiesburg Daily
Jackson Advocate Jackson Weekly
Jackson Free Press Jackson Weekly
Laurel Leader-Call Laurel Daily
Lawrence County Press Monticello Weekly
Meridian Star Meridian Daily
Mississippi Business Journal Jackson/statewide Daily
Mississippi Press Pascagoula Daily
Natchez Democrat Natchez Daily
Neshoba Democrat Philadelphia Daily
New Albany Gazette New Albany Semi-weekly
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Tupelo Daily
Northside Sun Jackson, MS Weekly
Ocean Springs Record Ocean Springs Weekly
Oxford Eagle Oxford Daily
Pass Christian Gazebo Gazette Pass Christian Weekly
Penny Pincher Gulfport Weekly
Picayune Item Picayune Daily
Sea Coast Echo Bay St. Louis Semi-weekly
Starkville Daily News Starkville Daily
Stone County Enterprise Wiggins Weekly
Sun Herald Biloxi-Gulfport Daily
Vicksburg Post Vicksburg Daily
State of Mississippi
Flag of Mississippi State seal of Mississippi
Flag Seal
Nickname(s): "The Magnolia State", "The Hospitality State"
Motto(s): Virtute et Armis
Map of the United States with Mississippi highlighted
Official language English
Demonym Mississippian
(and largest city)
Area Ranked 32nd
 • Total 48,430 sq mi
(125,443 km2)
 • Width 170 miles (275 km)
 • Length 340 miles (545 km)
 • % water 3%
 • Latitude 30° 12′ N to 35° N
 • Longitude 88° 06′ W to 91° 39′ W
Population Ranked 32nd
 • Total 2,992,333 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 63.5/sq mi  (24.5/km2)
Ranked 32nd
 • Median household income $40,037[2] (51st)
 • Highest point Woodall Mountain[3][4][5]
807 ft (246.0 m)
 • Mean 300 ft  (90 m)
 • Lowest point Gulf of Mexico[4]
sea level
Before statehood Mississippi Territory
Admission to Union December 10, 1817 (20th)
Governor Phil Bryant (R)
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R)
Legislature Mississippi Legislature
 • Upper house State Senate
 • Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators
U.S. House delegation 3 Republicans, 1 Democrat (list)
Time zone Central: UTC −6/−5
ISO 3166 US-MS
Abbreviations MS, Miss.
Website www.ms.gov