Is there a historical reason to why Mississippi is so poor?
While there is no one reason why a state’s economic position is how it is, the past development of a state heavily impacts it contemporary well being. In the case of Mississippi, the state’s economic position can mostly be attributed to his agricultural dependence and lack of investment.
Since the antebellum South, Mississippi’s wealthy landowners heavily relied on cheap labor to harvest their crops. While an agrarian lifestyle might bring wealth to some landowners, the low wages and unskilled level of work do not help develop a population rich in skills needed to build new enterprises. Additionally, the state’s poverty and relatively inopportune position have failed to attract outside investment, leaving it poor.