Whenever I think of Mississippi or hear someone mention the state, I flash back to elementary school where all my classmates and I are spelling out the name of the state out loud “M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I”. Am I the only one that this happens to?

More commonly people think of the Mississippi River, which is what is where the origin name of the state comes from. The Mississippi River is the largest in the United States and has the nickname, Old Man River.

Mississippi is next in our United States of Energy data series, ranked number 22 in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $9.87 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants in the state are coal and natural gas, which are the two main sources of emissions in Mississippi. A single reactor at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station supplies nearly one-fourth of the electricity generated within the state.

Did you know? The first nuclear submarine built in the south was produced in Mississippi.

There are all sorts of random fun facts to share about Mississippi:

  • The world’s largest shrimp is on display at the Old Spanish Fort Museum in Pascagoula.
  • The world’s largest cactus plantation is located in Edwards.
  • In 1898 Root beer was invented in Biloxi by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr.
  • The city of Petal is home of the International Checkers Hall of Fame
  • Elvis Presley was born in the city of Tupelo

Do you know of any other random fun facts about Mississippi? Please share!

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