Mississippi is the 32nd largest state in the United States. Much of the state’s western half is made up of the Mississippi River delta which contributes to the state’s large agricultural presence and output. Mississippi has a very diverse racial climate, with the largest number of mixed-race citizens and African-Americans of any of the United States.
Agriculture represents the majority of the state’s economy; Mississippi was slow to diversify its economy from farming, primarily cotton, until the 20th century. Manufacturing and gambling slowly grew in the later 20th century providing other significant elements. Casinos and the Gulf Coast regions of the state draw large numbers of tourists.
Mississippi’s largest population concentration is centered around the southern half of the delta area with the rest of the population spread fairly evenly across the state. The state’s coastline is also a densely populated area.