VISITATION TO HERITAGE TOURISM SITES
IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
 

by Alan W. Barton, Ph.D.
 

From the 2005 Delta Rural Poll
Conducted January-February 2005

 

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Questions addressed here:

What types of heritage sites do different groups of Mississippi Delta residents visit?
Which groups are frequent visitors to these different types of heritage sites?

 

Delta Residents Who Have Visited Various Heritage

Tourism Sites At Least Once in the Past Year

(Percent)

 

 

 

Blues Club

or Festival

Blues Museum

or Other Site

Literary Museum or Site

Civil Rights Museum or Site

Historic

Church

Private Hunting Club

National Park, Forest or Wildlife Refuge

State Park, Forest or Wildlife Mgmt. Area

All Respondents

 

32.0

22.6

17.9

26.4

22.8

15.1

30.3

52.9

Age

18 34

45.7

28.5

23.6

32.9

24.9

17.0

37.7

64.3

35 54

39.8

27.7

18.3

32.2

23.3

15.1

30.4

56.2

55 and Older

15.4

13.8

14.4

16.9

21.3

14.6

24.5

43.3

 Significance

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**

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Gender

Male

41.5

26.8

19.3

30.9

26.2

21.0

36.0

57.9

Female

23.8

18.9

16.7

22.5

20.1

10.1

25.3

48.8

 Significance

***

**

 

**

**

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Race

White

32.6

23.4

22.7

19.9

20.9

33.3

37.3

66.9

Black

31.3

21.6

15.2

30.3

23.4

4.4

25.5

44.4

  Significance

 

 

**

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Educational

Attainment

H.S. Diploma or Less

27.1

15.2

11.0

18.9

18.8

10.4

26.4

43.6

Some College

36.7

29.5

24.5

33.5

26.8

19.8

33.9

61.9

  Significance

***

***

***

***

**

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**

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Annual
Income

Less Than $30,000

28.6

15.8

12.1

21.7

18.1

8.1

23.4

44.6

$30,000 to $60,000

36.4

31.3

23.1

34.0

27.8

17.5

32.9

62.7

More Than $60,000

38.7

31.1

26.4

38.7

25.5

34.9

49.1

78.3

  Significance

**

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**

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Population of Nearest Community

Rural
(< 10,000)

31.4

20.6

16.6

23.2

26.9

16.5

32.0

58.8

Micropolitan (≥ 10,000)

33.9

24.4

19.7

29.8

24.6

17.8

31.5

55.9

  Significance

 

 

 

*

 

 

 

 

Significance:  * p ≤ 0.10          ** p ≤ 0.05          *** p ≤ 0.01


 

 Delta Residents Who Have Visited Various Heritage

Tourism Sites At Least Six Times in the Past Year

(Percent)

 

Respondent

Characteristics

Response

Category

Blues Club

or Festival

Blues Museum

or Other Site

Literary Museum

or Site

Civil Rights

Museum or Site

Historic

Church

Private Hunting

Club

National Park, Forest or Wildlife Refuge

State Park, Forest or Wildlife Mgmt. Area

All Respondents

 

3.4

1.5

1.0

1.2

1.7

6.1

1.7

4.5

Age

18 34

4.3

1.9

0.5

0.5

1.9

7.1

5.2

8.5

35 54

5.2

2.5

2.0

2.2

2.3

6.7

1.2

5.0

55 and Older

1.1

0.3

0.3

0.8

1.1

5.2

0.6

1.9

  Significance

**

**

**

 

 

 

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Gender

Male

5.9

2.2

2.0

1.7

2.9

10.3

2.9

7.0

Female

1.3

0.7

0.2

0.8

0.8

2.6

0.9

2.6

  Significance

***

*

**

 

**

***

**

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Race

White

4.7

2.2

1.4

0.3

1.1

16.3

3.1

8.2

Black

2.6

1.1

0.7

2.0

2.1

0.3

1.0

2.6

  Significance

*

 

 

**

 

***

**

***

Educational

Attainment

H.S. Diploma or Less

3.0

0.4

0.2

0.4

1.1

3.4

1.7

2.8

Some College

3.7

2.5

1.7

1.9

2.3

8.8

1.9

6.2

  Significance

 

**

**

**

 

***

 

**

Annual
Income

Less Than $30,000

2.7

1.1

0.2

0.4

0.4

2.0

1.6

2.7

$30,000 to $60,000

5.3

1.9

0.9

3.3

2.4

8.0

4.3

8.1

More Than $60,000

6.5

1.9

4.7

1.9

3.9

22.6

0.9

11.2

  Significance

*

 

***

**

**

***

*

***

Significance:  * p ≤ 0.10          ** p ≤ 0.05          *** p ≤ 0.01

 


Notes:


Data for the 2005 Delta Rural Poll were collected in January and February, 2005. A total of 1,009 randomly selected Delta residents completed the questionnaire. The Delta Rural Poll surveyed residents of eleven counties in northwestern Mississippi:  Bolivar, Coahoma, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tunica and Washington.  Surveys were conducted by telephone and respondents were selected using random digit dialing techniques.  Responses were weighted using the 2000 U.S. Census as a baseline, to account for skewed gender and race characteristics.

Annual Income is total household income from all sources for 2004.
Race is self-reported; less that 1% of respondents indicated a race other than White/Caucasian or Black/African American.
A Χ test of significance was used to determine statistical significance.