Across the Map: Mississippi Auto Shipping Services
The state of Mississippi is the 32nd largest state in the U.S. by total area and ranks 31st in population. Founded officially in 1798, Mississippi was and still is today a major agricultural mecca, thanks primarily to its black, fertile topsoil that was prime for farming cash crops such as cotton. Mississippi was one of the richest states in the Union before the Civil War thanks to cotton, of which much of the state’s economy (and culture, as cotton was a prime crop for slaves to cultivate) was at the time centered around. After the end of the war the state grew slowly, and this has hampered Mississippi’s growth during the 20th century. Much of the land outside the Mississippi Delta has yet to be cultivated and is still heavily forested despite attempts at expanding population centers even in the 21st century. This has led to Mississippi’s infrastructure and economy being severely underdeveloped during the 21st century. To learn more about the state of Mississippi, check out the state’s official website here.
Mississippi doesn’t have a lot of major metropolitan areas within it, at least not compared to some of the northern states like Illinois and New York, mainly because of its history. Much of the state’s development, at a time when the north was industrializing, was still based heavily on agriculture, which meant a lot of farming and little industry. Though this began to change after the end of the Civil War, Mississippi industrialized at a much slower rate than other southern states (particularly Georgia and Alabama), even after the Southern Revival that began in the 1980’s. This means that there are fewer popular auto transportation routes through Mississippi, and this is oddly enough reflected in the fact that there are only a few major interstates within Mississippi, notably I-55 (which runs north-south) and I-20 (which runs east-west). It is not surprising that the largest city in the state, Jackson, home to just 175,000 residents, is where the two interstates intersect.
Auto shippers prefer running routes into and out of major metropolitan areas on heavily-traveled interstates. They go where their customers go, and as the auto transportation industry is relatively cyclical, with its booms and busts and different popular areas, shippers tend to migrate from area to area at different times of the year. Mississippi is more accessible during the early months of the year, particularly March through June, as the weather is nice and the trucks have a much easier time getting around. Demand may increase for transportation services to Mississippi in the summer months, which can actually lower prices on some routes (though it can also raise them on others thanks to too many people going out of one area, such as Los Angeles). We recommend reading more about transporting a vehicle to or from Mississippi via this helpful article.