Auto Transport to MississippiThe state of Mississippi currently ranks as the 32nd largest state in the U.S. in total area as well as 31st in total population and 32nd in population density. Mississippi grew along the banks of the rivers that flow through it, particularly the Mississippi River along the western banks. Mississippi was considered one of the richest states in the Union before the American Civil War broke out, primarily because the fertile soil made for great cotton. At the time, cotton was mainly cultivated by slaves, and because of slave labor and the rising cost of cotton planters in Mississippi (though cotton was the main cash crop throughout the South, Mississippi was the state that perhaps cotton cultivation was most entrenched) grew increasingly wealthy. What’s interesting about it is that because the main cities grew up around the various river fronts, there was little need to develop the rough southern or northeastern parts of the state, which are decidedly forested and heavily rural. Not only that but there was little need for additional settlers; by 1860 there were more slaves in Mississippi than there were free people, be they white or colored.

If you can’t tell, Mississippi’s cotton culture during the 19th century really didn’t do the state any favors come the 20th. The disappearance of cotton and slavery led to a major economic and social depression, as the wealthiest people in the entire region suddenly lost their main labor force. With such little development in the interior, Mississippi couldn’t attract any free laborers as there was very little manufacturing that wasn’t based on cotton. During the 20th century Mississippi was also hurt by the rise of the automobile and the disappearance (or near-disappearance anyway) of the waterways as a primary means of transporting goods. Today, this shift is present in the fact that only one city has a population of over 100,000 – Jackson, the state capital. Also, it is present in the relative unpopularity of Mississippi as an auto transport location.

That’s not necessarily true. Mississippi has both I-55 and I-20 that run through it, but the problem is not the ways there are to get around but rather how big the areas are. Few people are moving in and out of Mississippi – fewer still to or from areas along one of the major interstates – and this manifests itself in fewer shipping running routes into or out of Mississippi. Because of the interstate highway system shippers can easily get in or out of the state, but unless there’s a load posted that’s specifically going to a city along a major interstate within Mississippi that’s along the way, they probably will find loads that go through other, larger areas. When shipping to or from Mississippi we recommend shipping to cities along I-55 or I-20, depending on where you’re shipping from. We also recommend talking to some different shipping companies about where you’re shipping from or to within Mississippi and maybe find ways to make it easier to get in or out for the carrier. This will likely decrease how much you have to pay for auto transport services as well as much time it will take for your auto transporter to get to your area. We recommend also reading more about Mississippi by visiting the state’s official website.

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