The capital of Mississippi is Jackson. The state was named after the Mississippi River, which was named after the Ojibwe word for "great river. " Mississippi produces the majority of farm-raised catfish consumed in the United States. The state is known for generating American musical traditions such as blues, gospel, country, jazz, and rock and roll. Famous residents and natives of Mississippi have included singer Jimmy Buffett, novelist William Faulkner, football player Brett Favre, guitarist B. B. King, singer Elvis Presley, TV personality Oprah Winfrey, and musician Muddy Waters.
Area: 52,419 sq mi (ranks 30th)
Governor: Hailey Barbour
Largest cities: Jackson