Mississippi’s land was originally claimed by the French in 1699. It was then taken by the British during the French and Indian Wars and later ceded to the US after the Revolutionary War. The state was named after the mighty Mississippi, the 4th longest river in the world. Historically, the state’s economy was run by the cotton industry and agriculture in general. More recently, the state has expanded its manufacturing and industrial activity and now is a large producer of soybeans, corn, and peanuts, as well as the world's leading producer of pond-raised catfish. Mississippi is also home to several historical landmarks as well as notable figures throughout history including Jimmy Buffett, William Faulkner, Jim Henson, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Oprah Winfrey. Mississippi is a good place for small businesses due to its low overhead costs.

Industry Stats

  • One of Mississippi’s more unique industries is ship and boat building, which contains over 12,000 people.

  • On average, couples spent less on their wedding dress than they did on a wedding photographer in 2015.

  • There are about twice as many people working in animal slaughtering as clothing stores in this state.

  • There is only one primary care physician for every 54 people in Mississippi.

  • An average of $112 was spent on ceremony programs for weddings in 2015.

  • There are five times as many registered nurses as police officers in this state.

Mississippi is a good place for small business owners due to its friendly tax codes and cheap hiring costs. Mississippi’s relative lack of large corporate headquarters opens up the market to new businesses looking to take advantage of the state’s low-cost environment.

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