Mississippi is the 20th state of the United States, admitted into the union in the year 1817. It is the 32nd largest of all the 50 states in terms of area, and the 35th largest in terms of population. The state is infamous for its lack of improvement in health, education, and overall development - its poverty rate (at 19.6 percent) is the highest of all the states in the US. Despite this fact, Mississippi has a crime rate lower than the national average - 278 per 100,000 people. It has high levels of property crimes reported, with Larceny taking the top spot, followed by burglaries and motor vehicle theft. Mississippi has 6,800 actively practicing lawyers, working across the private and public sectors.