What to Know Before Donating to A Charity in Mississippi?

Mississippi (/ˌmɪsɪˈsɪpi/) is a state in the southeastern United States, bordering Tennessee to the north; east to Alabama; south in the Gulf of Mexico; in the southwest in Louisiana; and northwestern Arkansas. The western limit of the Mississippi is largely determined by the Mississippi River. Mississippi is the 32nd largest and 35th most populous of the 50 US states and has the lowest per capita income in the US. Jackson is both the state capital and largest city. Greater Jackson is the most populous metropolitan area in the state with a population of 591,978 as of 2020. On December 10, 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state admitted to the Union. In 1860, Mississippi was the leading cotton-producing state in the country, and 55% of the state's population were slaves. Mississippi declared its secession from the Union on January 9, 1861 and was one of the original seven Confederate states, which were the largest slave states in the country. After the Civil War, it was returned to the Union on February 23, 1870. Until the Great Migration of People in the 1930s, African Americans made up the majority of Mississippi's population. In 2010, 37.3% of Mississippi's population was African American, the highest percentage of any state. Mississippi was the site of many notable events during the civil rights movement, including the 1962 Ole Miss riot by white anti-segregation students, the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers, and the murders of three activists of the Freedom Law. it often ranks last among US states in terms of health, education and development, while ranking at the top in terms of poverty. The major industries in Mississippi today are agriculture and forestry. Mississippi produces more than half of the country's farmed catfish and is also a major producer of sweet potatoes, cotton, and wood pulp. Other major industries in Mississippi include advanced manufacturing, utilities, transportation, and health care. The Mississippi River lies almost entirely in the Gulf Coast lowland and is generally made up of low-lying plains and low hills. The remainder of the northwestern part of the state is made up of the Mississippi Delta, a section of the Mississippi floodplain. Mississippi's highest point is Woodall Mountain at 807 feet (246 m) above sea level, bordering the Cumberland Plateau; the lowest is the Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate classification.

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