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on the east by Alabama,
on the south by Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, and on the west by Louisiana and Arkansas,
the state of Mississippi takes its name from the mighty river
that runs along its western border.
agricultural giant that depended on slave labor for its pre-Civil
War economy, postwar Mississippi remained among the nation's
poorest states for decades.
In 1990, the Mississippi economy was on an upswing after gambling casinos
were legalized along coastal Biloxi, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis, when in 2004 Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage or outright destruction of these and other businesses all along the Gulf coast.
economic prospects are brightening somewhat as massive repairs
and rebuilding continue in Mississippi and in neighboring
states. Major Mississippi job opportunities continue to exist in tourism and casino gambling hotels, healthcare, and furniture manufacture. However, recovery still awaits the state's fishing industry after yet another setback from the Gulf coast oil disaster in 2010.
Mississippi quality-of-life statistics
Major cities: Jackson (capital), Gulfport, Biloxi, Southaven,
Population : 2,910,540
White : 61.2%
Black, African American : 36.9%
Hispanic : 1.7%
High school graduates : 72.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 16.9%
Average household income: $34,278
of Living: Sperling's
Best Places - Mississippi - Compared to the rest of
the country, Mississippi's cost of living is 23.86% lower
than the U.S. average.
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow
- Mississippi Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 72.3%
Average home price : $126,600
Average travel time to work : 24.6 minutes
Personal Income Taxes : Mississippi imposes state taxes in three income tax rates: 3 percent, 4 percent and 5 percent. Residents are required to file taxes using Form 80-105 each year by April 15.
: Like many state governments in the deep South, Mississippi often favors conservative spending on education. As a result, the state has recently been ranked in the bottom five among the fifty states in academic achievement by the American Legislative Exchange Council's Report Card on Education. Also see Mississippi
Department of Education
: Hot & humid summers and short, mild winters are
the main characteristics of Mississippi climate. Extreme
weather conditions are more likely in late summer during
Gulf Coast hurricane season when destructive tornadoes can
also become a constant threat.
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about relocating to Mississippi around the Web:
in Mississippi - New Residents Guide - The official state of Mississippi Web site with helpful
information on real estate and home buying assistance, how
to's on finding day care, schools, consumer protection services,
plus a complete guide for those planning to retire in Mississippi.
City-Data Forums - Busy message boards offering tips
and advice on apartment renting & real estate, jobs &
businesses, schools, arts & culture, restaurants &
entertainment, and general relocation advice for Jackson,
Tupelo, Starkville, Gulfport and other cities & towns
throughout the state.
real estate, apartments & job classifieds:
Press | Clarion
Biloxi: Sun Herald