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Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

Chicago, IL
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Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

I have been reading and hearing that Mississippi is the worst state in the US, according to the media. Does anyone agrees with their version of Mississippi?

Phoenix, Arizona
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1. Re: Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

Sorry, but I find most in the media have a set agenda, and will cherry pick "facts," to suit their narrative.

Find out the agenda, and you can basically write their article for them.

What are they saying about Mississippi now, and who is saying it?

Next, to separate things from the media, what does one wish to get out of a visit to Mississippi? That is so very important.

Just my thoughts and observations,

Hunt

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2. Re: Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

We are the 50th in many things such as education, poverty,and infant survival rate among others. That being said, I love living here! The people are amazing and the small town atmospheres cannot be beat. I have not experienced the racism and prejudice seen on popular media. We have a lot of good things going on that never seem to make media reports.

Flowood, Mississippi
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3. Re: Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

Check out this link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mississippimadness/…

Its full of good things about our state. I personally love it here and I have traveled all over the world. I have friends of every race, ethnic background, and sexual orientation. I heard a legislator speak a few years back and he noted that the education in Mississippi would be listed in the top in the U.S. if it were not for the statistics of a few of the delta counties where poverty is the worst. These few counties lower us in the polls, when in fact, most of the counties have schools that are very comparable to other states.

S A
Houston, Texas
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4. Re: Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

My friends and I vacationed in MS last summer. We started on the MS Gulf coast with a picnic at the Stennis Space center. Then we shopped at the outlet mall before going to our hotel at IP casino. We spent the next day lounging on the beach. The next day we hit 7 huge casinos. After 2 nights, we drove Vicksburg to visit the battlefields and the Civil Riggts trail and 4 casinos. The next day, we went to the MS delta and followed the blues trail to the BB King Museum which was fantastic. The next day, we drove to Tunica and finished our blues trail to Memphis and Beale St. We spent 2 nights there. The next day we went to Tupelo to visit Elvis Presley birthday place. I write this to say the state of MS was beautiful, clean, great food (especially the fried chicken and catfish), everything was reasonably priced and we never met a rude person. It was a great vacay that we all enjoyed.

Edited: 13 August 2016, 13:34
S A
Houston, Texas
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5. Re: Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

Excuse my typos. I didn't proof before posting

Illinois
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6. Re: Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

Sorry for the lateness of this response but since the OP is from IL, as am I, I want to add my two cents.

I've spent tons of time in MS since I was 15 years old. I have many friends there and love visiting the state. The people are wonderfully friendly and welcoming. Yes, it has an ugly past. Let's face it, Illinois is at the bottom of several of those famous ranking lists and I believe we win the award for most governors sent to prison, so we're the last ones to be asking this question :-)

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9. Re: Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

I am English and the only problem that I have had is with the accent. My wife and myself stopped in a restaurant and we decided that either the waitress or we were speaking "English" but who ? Very friendly people in our experiences of the state.

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10. Re: Is Mississippi the Worst State in the US?

I suppose it is all just a matter of perspective. The weather and the people here are warm and inviting. There is a lot of history, charm, and beauty here. The food is amazing, and the people are hard working with deep family values - they love their God, their country, and their families. Where we live, education, employment, and health care are more than sufficient.