Why does Mississippi have the fewest passport holders per capita?
Before getting into the possible answers to that question take a look at the map below, which can be found on the C.P. G. Gray website.
One answer is that Mississippi has the lowest per capita income so its residents have less money with which to travel. A second answer might be that Mississippians choose to stay at home. The Magnolia State has the 5th highest ratio of residents who were born in the state. Actually, combine both of these answers as contributing factors and it’s easier to understand why the rate of passport holders is the lowest in the country.
It has been said that travel is the best education. In view of the fact that Mississippi ranks so low in that category maybe it would help if we could figure out a way to have more international travel for Mississippi students.