|Mississippi is located in the southern region of the United States. It is bounded by Tennessee on the north, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico on the south, Alabama on the east, and Arkansas and Louisiana on the west. Mississippi river passes along its western boundary defining largely its border with Arkansas and Louisiana. The state is named after this river. There are several other rivers in the state, such as the Pearl River, The Pascagoula, the Big Black River, the Yazoo and the Tombigbee. Major lakes in the state include Arkabutla Lake, Grenada Lake, Ross Barnett Reservoir and Sardis Lake. Mississippi is ranked 32nd in total area while it is ranked 31st in the total number of people living here. Total area is 48,434 square miles with a length of 340 miles and a width of 170 miles. The population is 2,938, 618 according to an estimation in 2008. Woodall Mountain is the highest point while the Gulf of Mexico is the lowest. In 1817, it was the 20th state to be admitted into the Union. Magnolia is the symbol of the state. Jackson is the capital as well as the largest city of Mississippi.