In 2008, MISSISSIPPI was ranked 50 out of 50 states on teen birth rates among mothers ages 15 to 19 (with 1 representing the lowest rate and 50 representing the highest rate). MISSISSIPPI was ranked 46 out of 50 states on teen pregnancy rates to mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 (with 1 representing the lowest rate and 50 representing the highest rate).
Named for the Mississippi river which forms the state's western boundary. According to the State of Missippi's "About Missisippi" page, the name means "Father of Waters," roughly translated from Native American folklore. The translation comes from the Chippewa (or Ojibwa) words "mici zibi" meaning "great river" or "gathering in of all the waters" and the Algonquin word "Messipi."
river of Mississippi is one of the interesting objects which people can visit in this state. It’s considered as the largest river in the United States and often called the “Old-Man River”.
In 1963 the University of Mississippi Medical Center accomplished the world's first human lung transplant and, on January 23, 1964, Dr. James D. Hardy performed the world's first heart transplant surgery.
The committee to design a state flag was appointed by legislative action February 7, 1894, and provided that the flag reported by the committee should become the official flag. The committee recommended for the flag "one with width two-thirds of its length; with the union square, in width two-thirds of the width of the flag; the ground of the union to be red and a broad blue saltier thereon, bordered with white and emblazoned with thirteen (13) mullets or five-pointed stars, corresponding with the number of the original States of the Union
Mississippi ranks among the highest in the nation for chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, and teens and young adults between the ages of 15-29 years remain the leaders in new cases. Both of these diseases can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and increase the likelihood of HIV transmission.
During the first half of the 19th century, Mississippi was the top cotton producer in the United States, and owners of large plantations depended on the labor of black slaves. Mississippi seceded from the Union in 1861 and suffered greatly during the American Civil War.
The fifth and last quarter released in 2002 honored Mississippi, and is the 20th in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program.
Industry has grown rapidly with the development of oil resources and has been helped by the Tennessee Valley Authority and by a state program to balance agriculture with industry, under which many communities have subsidized and attracted new industries.
The state of Mississippi encompasses 48,434 square miles and is ranked 32nd in the nation's total area. It was the 20th state to enter the union on December 10, 1817. Mississippi derived its name from the Mississippi River, which in turn was named after the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi meaning Great River.