The Second Congressional District of Mississippi is one of the largest in the country. It covers approximately 15,551.51 sq miles and borders the Mississippi River. The district’s eastern border now runs along Tunica and Leake county. With a population of 741,862 people, the district is a unique blend of the most urban and the most rural regions of the State.
Agriculture is one of the Second District’s largest industries. Boasting a farm population of over 14,000 agriculture is a major boost to the economy. From Jefferson County in the south, to Attala County in the east, Washington County in the west and Tunica in the north, more than 6,000 family farms can be found across the Second District. Cotton, soybean, catfish and rice encompass the major sources of farm income.
In recent years, the Second District has been a major beneficiary of the gaming industry. There are over 17 riverboat casinos located in the District. Casinos bring an attractive site to our district along with an additional boost in economic development and tourism.
The Mississippi Delta
The Mississippi Delta still comprises a vast majority of the District. These counties are not only some of the most agriculturally productive, but the people who live here are part of a culture unique to itself. Whether the term is "Birthplace of the Blues", "Catfish Country" or the "Land of Cotton", rest assured the reference is about the Mississippi Delta.
The Second District is home to four state supported universities, and five community colleges. Alcorn State, Delta State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State Universities help make up the eight state universities in Mississippi. Each university is unique in its own way. (For information on Mississippi universities, visit the Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning's website.)