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Jackson, Mississippi

Mississippi is the 31st most populous and the 31st largest (46,923 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Jackson (featured on the picture above). Majority of occupations in Mississippi is management and professional (30.10%), followed by sales and office (24.20%). Black or African American is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Mississippi has some nicknames including the Magnolia State, The Bayou State, The South’s Warmest Welcome and Hospitality State
  2. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of population with two or more races (1.10% vs. USA median 2.40%)
  3. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of foreign-born people (2.20% whilst country average 12.90%)
  4. Mississippi has one of the lowest income per person in 2012 ($20,670.00 compared to national median $28,051.00)
  5. Mississippi has one of the highest number of population below poverty level (22.30% vs. USA average 14.90%)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Based on 2013 estimate, Mississippi population was 2,991,207 which ranks the 31st among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in Mississippi is Jackson. In this section, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 0.80%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. Mississippi population represents only 0.95% of the entire population in the USA as depicted in the following chart.

Mississippi total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Mississippi (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 59.80%
  • Black or African American 37.40%
  • Others (two or more races) 1.10%
  • Asian ethnicity 1.00%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Mississippi population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Mississippi population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.60% of Mississippi population are under 5 years old, 24.70% are under 18 years and 13.90% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 3.90% of Mississippi population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 51.40% which is slightly more than male population. Mississippi female population number ranks the 8th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Mississippi and the USA.

Female and male population in Mississippi vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 81.00% which is lower than US average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 20.00%, this is lower than US average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 69.90%, higher than national average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 22.30%, higher than national median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Mississippi Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 1.33% of total land area
  • Mississippi has less population density than the USA average (63.2 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Mississippi is lower by 3.90 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Mississippi land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Mississippi USA
Land area (square miles) 46,923.27 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 63.2 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 75.0 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Mississippi unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 7.60% (higher than national average). Mississippi did not have minimum wage information available at the time this page was developed. The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Mississippi based on Census 2010
Occupation Mississippi USA
Management or professional-related job 30.10% 34.90%
Service-related job 17.10% 17.10%
Sales and office job 24.20% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.90% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 11.30% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 16.30% 12.50%
Comparison of Mississippi Occupation Types to USA Average

Regarding travel time to work, workers in Mississippi usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Mississippi was 23.9 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 18.00%, higher than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.30%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 1.80%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.00%, lower than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 0.80%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 26.90%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. This information highlights which specific business area Mississippi is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Mississippi USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 59,869,456 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 23,003,585 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 33,751,407 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 7,045,097 613,795,732
Mississippi Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $11,552.00, which is lower than U.S median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Mississippi was 6,039.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of GDP state per capita ($28,337.00 while national average $42,069.00)
  2. Mississippi has one of the highest number of black or African American population (37.40% while country average 13.20%)
  3. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of white population (59.80% whilst national average 77.70%)
  4. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of Asian ethnicity (1.00% whilst country median 5.30%)
  5. Mississippi has one of the lowest household income ($38,882.00 whereas USA average $53,046.00)
  6. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of high school graduate (81.00% whilst USA average 85.70%)
  7. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of housing units in multi-unit structures (13.60% whilst country average 25.90%)
  8. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of people speaking language other than English at home (0 while USA median 0)
  9. Mississippi has one of the lowest retail sales per person (11,552 while USA median 12,990)
  10. Mississippi has one of the highest unemployment rate (7.60% whereas USA median 5.90%)
  11. Mississippi has one of the lowest life expectancy at birth (75 vs. country average 79)
  12. Mississippi has one of the lowest prices of owner-occupied housing units ($100,200.00 while USA average $181,400.00)
  13. Mississippi has one of the highest rate of murder and non-negligent manslaughter (7 whereas country average 5)
  14. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of American Indian and Alaska native-owned firms (0.30% while USA average 0.90%)
  15. Mississippi has one of the highest number homicide, per 100K (7 whereas national median 5)
  16. Mississippi has one of the lowest number of Bachelor’s degree or higher (20.00% whilst country median 28.50%)

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