Mississippi is a true southern state. The state is named from the river of the same name, which marks its western border. The state is densely forested outside of the delta region, which was cleared for cotton production hundreds of years ago. The state has a deep cultural history steeped in Native American culture, slavery and secession from the Union, the Civil War, and a lengthy battle for civil rights. Today, Mississippi is known for having the lowest cost of living in the United States, which makes it a perfect place for raising a family or operating a business. Cotton was once king in Mississippi, but today farm-raised catfish production takes the title. Tourism is also big, as tourists want to experience the Deep South, the fishing and hunting, the culture, and to experience true blues music.