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Old 09-02-2008, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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Debradearing says--------'there are still rich people and poor people,but the majority of Mississippians are smack in the middle "

Is that a personal opinion or a fact ?
I just pulled this straight from the web and its 7 years old, but it might help you out:

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2001, Mississippi had a per capita personal income (PCPI) of $21,653 which ranked 51st in the United States (including the District of Columbia) and was 71% of the national average, $30,413. The 2001 PCPI reflected an increase of 3.5% from 2000 compared to the national change of 2.2%. In 2001, Mississippi had a total personal income (TPI) of $61,922,038,000 which ranked 33rd in the United States and accounted for 0.7% of the national total. The 2001 TPI reflected an increase of 3.9% from 2000 compared to the national change of 3.3%.


Earnings of persons employed in Mississippi increased from $39,429,472,000 in 2000 to $40,188,051,000 in 2001, an increase of 1.9%. The largest industries in 2001 were services, 24.0% of earnings; state and local government, 15.8%; and durable goods manufacturing, 11.3%. Of the industries that accounted for at least 5% of earnings in 2001, the slowest growing from 2000 to 2001 was durable goods manufacturing, which decreased 7.2%; the fastest was state and local government, which increased 5.6%.


According to data released by the US Census Bureau, in 2000, the median household income was $31,528 compared to the national average of $42,148. In 2001, the median income for a family of four was $46,810 compared to the national average of $63,278. For the period 1999 to 2001, the average poverty rate was 16.8% which placed it 49th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia ranked lowest to highest.


source: //www.city-data.com/states/Mississippi-Income.html
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Old 09-03-2008, 08:50 AM
 
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I said something like this before but maybe it bears repeating. (The census statistics are probably the same today as seven yrs ago with maybe a bit of a change.) However, for people researching a move to Mississippi that doesn't really mean a thing.

If you are considering a move to MS and you see high unemployment figures that doesn't mean you will be unemployed. It depends on your skill set, education level, and experience. If you are a qualified worker you will get a good job. If you dropped out of school you won't. Although there is always something--the food service industry is practically begging for managers and staff.

Teachers, doctors, other professionals, skilled technicians, medical personnel (therapists), nurses, small business owners, and others who are easily employed elsewhere will find employment here. Toyota and Nissan are here. Stennis space center is here. Shipyards, casinos (big employers) --Universities employ. Home construction has been booming in my area and all the jobs that go with that--we haven't really been as hurt by the downturn as elsewhere but somewhat--

In other words, for example, there is a demographic that makes Mississippi the most obese state in the nation. But you don't walk around and see overweight people everywhere. Again-it is a specific group--actually you will find the most handsome men and the most beautiful women that I have seen anywhere. (Another big plus??) I am not a native and coming here from elsewhere I can account that this is true!

So examine how Mississippi will fit you, not the statistics that include people who have specific problems--undereducated, without a skill set, and suffering from personal problems. (Don't get me wrong--I want these folks to leave this cycle of disadvantaged living--but that is not the purpose of this post. It is to suggest that it doesn't affect everyone equally.)

If you are concerned about haves and have nots-then--that is a different story. There is that for sure. But opportunities are equal today. Possibilities are there for all. There is no caste system. So anyone with goals, determination and a bit of good luck can become a HAVE. That should make a difference.
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Old 09-03-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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I hope I didn't scare anyone off with those statistics, that was not my intention. I agree with you Tama 100%. I have never heard of anyone that I know personally not being able to get a job. I had 3 different jobs in my high school years, and 6 other jobs during my college years. After graduation from college, I felt that I interviewed companies rather than them interviewing me. The job market here is strong, depending on your field of study, skills, experience, and timing.

And I also agree that the South has the most beautiful women in the nation. I have traveled to California, Colorado, Illinois, Wyoming, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and more, and nowhere that I have been can compete with our women. (Maybe its the near year-round tan)
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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I am thinking of relocating in MS after my youngest finishes HS in 4 yrs. I dont want to disrupt HS life or I would leave NJ now!

I have read many posts and I think if anyone is unhappy about a place, like I am right now, it is best to move. There is a right place for everyone.

The most difficult thing for a person or place to achieve is to move beyond limiting beliefs. I have a food business I run on my own and with my four year plan I would like to move down and be able to expand and hire people....There is a bakery in NY that hires form the uneducated group and trains them and teaches these people skills so they can work and pay their bills and have a sense of pride about themselves.

Someone needs to reach out and help people. If you cant get hired or your family has a history of low education, how do you get out of that? Your roots keep you there, unless you have the tremendous strength to move beyond that. But if no one helps, how can you do it?

Greystone Bakery has done such a thing. They are the bakery that actually supplies Ben and Jerry Ice Cream...and they have done tremendous things for the poor in the area. They gave back..isnt that what life is about? I hope to model a business after them. thank you for allowing me to post, MM
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:47 AM
 
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Tama I really like your thoughts, you have a wide perspective. Again, I am a food business on my own; and when I relocate I intend to bring opportunity with me to help at least one other person achieve something more in his or her life.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:51 AM
 
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To give you perspective about how misleading stats can be: I live in an area just east of Philadelphia PA where I can leave my door unlocked. I went on vaca with the kids and coulnt find my house keys and left the door unlocked for 10 days, 3 bikes outside (those darn kids) a canoe and kayak in the yard.
However I live 8 miles from Camden, NJ which is like the wild west. There is open crime on the streets and it is probably one of the poorest areas in the country! It is literally 8 miles from me. How can that be?
So you can find everything everywhere. I am not sure where I was going with this post but I hope you catch my point. thanks, MM
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Old 09-12-2008, 07:00 AM
 
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Thanks Jacksonian as well. We usually find what we are looking for.
If you are looking for what is wrong you will find something.
If you are looking for what is right you will find that too.
At my age, I have found that Life is just a big Mirror.
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Old 09-12-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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Maverick Mamma Good luck in your quest for a change of locale. I lived in Philadelphia for several years before I moved to Mississippi. It is different and lots of things will hit you that might cause culture shock. Food, weather, natural landscapes and even the colors of the grasses and trees are different. People are warm and friendly but also have a tight-knit community that takes time to be invited into. A smile means I acknowledge you and extend my good wishes not we are now best buddies! But with time and contact you will become a part of the groups you spend time with be it work, church, sports, book clubs, volunteerism, or whatever. People are generally conservative but I have never felt like I had to have conversations about things where I felt I was in the minority opinion. No one was in my face demanding I fess up my views on all things social and ethical. You will find that there is a difference among rural, smalltown and urban life and people, and you may want to take that into account when choosing a place. In other words if you love ethnic food you won't find it in the countryside but you will in the college towns and the capital and its suburbs. If you abhor sprawl and cliques and belonging to the right "set" you may want to forego certain locations. In other words, do your research and you will find a place for you.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:29 AM
 
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HI Tama, I understand what you are relating. I live in a small town now. It sounds the same. Perhaps here in the NE, the pace is faster and people cut to the chase--
they will talk sooner, faster but doesnt mean you're best buds either. I think human nature is human nature. Most people feel comfortable in their community. Most people don't make change unless they are forced to examine their life or something catostrophic happens and they must change. Your advice is good, makes sense. I do not want to get into any "Right Set" or clique. I am sitting in the middle of that right now. Again, if it weren't for my kids I would not live in this particular location. I'll have to seek out a more artsy community. Thanks again. And now I have to run with the soccer set--mandatory meeting! of all things on a Saturday a.m.! 4 yrs and counting--but still appreciating all that I do have now. take care, MM
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:22 AM
 
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The reason Mississippi gets a bad rap is finishing at (or near) the bottom in family income.

Yes, Mississippi is a "low cost" state, but other "low cost" states are ranked above Mississippi in income.
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