Some of the most notable towns in Mississippi are Jackson, Biloxi, Tupelo and Greenville. Mississippi is not a densely populated state; it was home to roughly 3 million people as of 2013. Jackson, the state's most populous city, had a 2013 population of nearly 175,000 people.
Jackson is the state capital of Mississippi. It bills itself as the "City of Soul" and is home to many blues music-related historic sites, as well as places of significance to the Civil War and Confederacy.
Biloxi is the state's second-largest city, with a 2010 population of approximately 44,000. It is the county seat of Harrison County as of 2016. Local historical sites have revealed that Native Americans lived in what is now Biloxi from roughly 8,000 B.C. through the 1700s. The first Mardi Gras parade held in the United States took place in the city in 1908.
Tupelo had a 2013 population of approximately 36,000 people and is best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Visitors to the city can tour his birthplace, which is open to the public seven days per week.
Greenville had a population of just over 30,000 in 2013 and is known for its many nearby historic sites, including Civil War plantations and cotton markets. Settled in the Mississippi River delta, Greenville is situated along a complex levee system longer than the Great Wall of China.