The state of Mississippi is located in the southern United States. It has a land area of 48,430 sq. miles and 82 counties, ranking it as the 32nd state in the U.S. in size. Mississippi is bordered by Tennessee on the north, Alabama on the east, Louisiana on the south, a narrow coast on the Gulf of Mexico, and across the Mississippi River on the west, by Louisiana and Arkansas.
There are a number of major rivers in Mississippi including the Mississippi River. The state is composed entirely of lowlands. The coastal plain is composed of low hills, the northeast region is fertile black earth, and the northwest region has rich soil made up of silt deposited by the flood waters of the Mississippi River. Mississippi has long, hot and humid summers, and short mild winters. The temperature varies very little in the summer; however in the winter, it can be significantly colder in the inland portion of the state. Heavy snowfall is possible across the state. As in the other Deep South states, thunderstorms are common. Seasonal flooding is also common and is an integral part of Mississippi’s history.
Native American tribes of Mississippi’s culture include the Chickasaw and Choctaw. The first major European expedition into Mississippi was by a Spanish explorer. The area was ruled by Spanish, French, and British colonial governments through the 18th century. After the American Revolutionary War, Britain ceded this area to the U.S. and it became the 20th state admitted to the Union on December 10, 1817. On January 9, 1861, Mississippi was the 2nd state to secede from the Union and was one of the founding members of the Confederate States. Mississippi returned to the Union on February 23, 1870.
Mississippi’s capital and largest city is Jackson with a population of approximately 175,000 people. The cities of Gulfport, Hattiesburg and Biloxi are also major cities within Mississippi. The state has a population of 2,988,726, ranking it the 32nd most populous state in the U.S.
Mississippi is a largely rural state with agricultural areas dominated by industrial farms. Mississippi is ranked as one of the poorest states in the U.S. due to a number of factors both environmental and political. The State’s 1890 Constitution discouraged corporate industrial development in favor of rural agriculture, a legacy that would slow the state’s progress for years. In 1990, Mississippi’s legislature legalized casino gambling along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast thereby increasing revenues and economic gains for the state. As a result, Mississippi has experienced increased tourism in the gambling towns along the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River. A public-private partnership called “Momentum Mississippi,” adopted in 2005, is dedicated to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Mississippi. Today, Mississippi has some major automotive factories including Toyota and Nissan.
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Other Mississippi Public Records
Although most states provide similar types of public records, each state will have records specific to its location or government operations. Mississippi state law requires banks, credit unions, insurance companies, retail stores, utility companies, and business associations to turn over to the State Treasurer any assets such as money, cash, checks or stocks that have been abandoned for a period of five years. These funds are known as “unclaimed property.” Mississippi’s Unclaimed Property Division provides an online search by last name for unclaimed property. The site also provides claim forms and information for a person to make a claim for themselves or on behalf of an heir.
In Mississippi, you may be fined up to $100 for using “profane language” in public places. The full text of the law also includes public drunkenness (Mississippi Law 97-29-47 – Profanity or drunkenness in public place).  The next time that you’re out in a public place, make sure that you watch your language, and that you don’t drink too much!
|State of Mississippi Home Page
Search the Mississippi State Archives for historical public records including birth records, deathl records, photos and military records.
|Birth, Death, Divorce and Marriage Records
View Mississippi information about obtaining birth, death, divorce and marriage records by mail, online or in person including record application forms.
|Campaign Finance Reports
Search Mississippi campaign finance reports by candidate name or committee name.
|Census Information Summary
Mississippi statistics for population, ethnicity, housing, geography and businesses. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
|Clandestine Drug Laboratory Register
View addresses of some locations in Mississippi where law enforcement agencies reported they found chemicals or other items that indicated the presence of either clandestine drug laboratories or dumpsites.
View and/or search the Mississippi State Constitution by article number or article title.
|Court Records and other Resources
Links to state and local court records, general Mississippi court information, directory of courts, and online resources for courts in Mississippi.
|DEA Most Wanted
View listings and photos of the most wanted persons of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Orleans Field Division. This office handles Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
|Death Row Inmates
View Mississippi death row inmates by name or inmate number including photo, custody date and offense.
View Mississippi State department directory including address and phone number.
View Mississippi election results by type of election sorted by year from 2003 to present.
|Employment Background Check Laws
View Mississippi state law regarding the Federal FCRA and employer use of employment background checks.
|Environmental Health Services
View information about Mississippi environmental health services, such as wastewater site management, public water system violations, radon testing, and more.
View Mississippi information about environmental programs such as air quality, well water, water quality, hazardous waste, and more.
View and search Mississippi legislative bills and resolutions by bill number including regular session and extraordinary session.
Search the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website by name, city, date range or physical description.
Search Mississippi obituary records by name of deceased, publication date or obituary text.
Search Mississippi Department of Corrections parolees by inmate last name, city or county including MDOC number, photo, address, county of supervision and offense.
|Professional Engineers and Surveyors Licenses
Search Mississippi professional Engineers and Surveyors licenses by individual or firm name, location, or license number including current roster of engineers, list of engineers by county, current roster of surveyors and list of surveyors by county.
Search Mississippi Department of Health food inspection results by city or restaurant including latest inspection grade and inspection date.
View Mississippi State Code of 1972 by title.
|Tax Forfeited Lands Search
Search Mississippi tax forfeited lands available for acquisition by county including application process information and frequently asked questions.
|Workers Compensation Claims
Search Mississippi Workers Compensation Commission claims. This service is available only to registered users who are also parties of record for the specific claim being accessed.