Mississippi Population 2013
The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Mississippi in 2013 was 2,984,926, which is ranked the 31st largest population in the United States. This estimate shows a 0.6% increase since the last census in 2010, also conducted by the United States Census Bureau. The population density of the state is 62.7 people per square mile, ranked 32nd largest density in the United States.
Mississippi Population Expectancy
The population of the state of Mississippi is expected to hit approximately 3.1 million by the year 2015. By the year 2020, the population will hit approximately 3.16 million people. By the year 2025, the population will hit approximately 3.22 million people. The population growth expectations consistently show that the female population will be greater than the male population.
Mississippi Land Mass
The state of Mississippi is approximately 340 miles long and 170 miles wide with a square area of 48.434 square feet, making it the 32nd largest state in the United States. Of the 48.434 square miles, about 1,520 square miles are covered by water. The highest point in the state of Mississippi is Woodall Mountain at about 806 feet above sea level. In contrast, the lowest point in the state is along the shore at the Gulf of Mexico at sea level.
Of the approximate 2.99 million people in the state of Mississippi, about 51% of the population is female, while 49% is male. Also, only 60% of the population identifies as white (including Hispanic or Latino). But, out of that 60%, only 3% do identify as Hispanic or Latino and 57% identify as Caucasian. About 37% of the state population identifies as Black or African American. Those that identify as American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islanders, and those that identify as two or more races only make up about 3% of the population of Mississippi.
The population of Mississippi identifies as religious at a higher percentage than the national average. About 59% of the state population identifies as religious, compared to the national average of 49%. About 36% out of the total 59% identify as Baptist, making it the largest denomination in the state of Mississippi. The next largest denomination in the state of Mississippi is Methodist, making up 9% out of the 59%. Those that identify as Christian make up all but 0.4% of the state’s religious. Islam, Judaism, and other Eastern religions make up the other 0.4%.
Music in the State of Mississippi
One of the most unique characteristics of the Mississippi culture is the music that has been developed and cultivated throughout the years in the state. The state is best known as the home of the Blues, developed in the later years in the 19th century. The style of Blues specifically attributed to the state is the Delta Blues. Performers of this style include artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Mississippi John Hurt. The fiddle and banjo are two very popular instruments in the state, adding to the variety and spectrum of music in the state, which also values folk, gospel, and country music. Music is important as a unifying element that can bring people together from all different backgrounds and settings