Retirement

Reasons To Choose Mississippi

  • Rich history, extraordinary culture, outstanding cuisine
  • Excellent medical care
  • Average annual temperature 75 degrees
  • Vast array of affordable housing
  • Low property taxes
  • No state income tax on retirement income
  • Low cost of living
  • Continuing education at local colleges/universities

To qualify as a Certified Retirement City, each town must pass an intensive three-month screening process conducted by Hometown Mississippi Retirement, the state's official retiree attraction program. We evaluate each city on criteria including affordable cost of living, low taxes, low crime rate, quality medical care, recreation, educational and cultural opportunities, and most importantly, a warm, inviting community spirit.

Our 20 Certified Retirement Cities offer a variety of lifestyles. You can choose from quaint towns or settle in a more metropolitan area. A number of them are home to universities, and all are served by community colleges. History lives in antebellum architecture, and retired veterans enjoy privileges at the five major military installations in our state. No matter what terrain you choose - rolling hills, flatlands, lush forested areas or the Gulf Coast - a mild, four-season climate lets you enjoy the outdoors and all that Mississippi has to offer year-round. Read more detail about each of these cities below. 

My Mississippi Home  


Aberdeen

Named as one of "10 Great Small Towns for Retirement" by Travel 50 & Beyond Magazine, Aberdeen is a historic town filled with friendly faces and a wonderful sense of community. Aberdeen’s picturesque natural setting contributes to its charm. The town is famous for its median of magnolia trees, and visitors will attest to the fact that there is nothing quite as soothing as the scent and shade from a row of the state’s official tree. Local yards are filled with crepe myrtles, and in spring the dogwood and azaleas brighten the entire town. Aberdeen's architecture reflects a comfortable, laid-back way of life and a local spirit of pride.

 

Aberdeen Facts and Figures

Population:

5,603

Hospital Beds:

49

Physicians:

7

Average cost of Home:

$94,736

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$175,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,430

(65 and older): $450

Places of Worship:

32+

Denominations Represented:

12

Commercial passenger air service is available at Golden Triangle Regional Airport (30 miles south), and Tupelo (35 miles north).

 

Contact information:
Aberdeen Visitors Bureau
204 E. Commerce St.
P. O. Box 288
Aberdeen, MS 39730
Phone: 662.369.9440
1.800.634.3538
Fax: 662.369.3436
retirement@aberdeenms.org
www.aberdeenms.org

Booneville

Spend a little time in Booneville. Take a morning walk around town. Stop and talk to the folks who say "Good morning" on the sidewalk. It won't be long before you notice that Booneville isn’t really a small town; it's one big neighborhood. No matter where you need to be in the area, you’re less than 15 minutes away. And whether you walk or drive, you'll see plenty of familiar faces who are always ready to point out hidden fishing holes, and are always willing to check on things while you're away. This genuine friendliness prompted Mississippi to name Booneville its first "City of Hospitality." Northeast Mississippi Community College offers much to the area, including its Art Exhibit, Northeast Mississippi Writers Forum and Creative Writing Conference. Music students strap on their best ten-gallon hats and perform Campus Country Shows for local residents. The school also holds classes on subjects ranging from ancient history to computer science — and tuition is waived for students 65 and older.

Booneville Facts and Figures

Population:

8,640

Hospital Beds:

114

Physicians:

15

Average cost of Home:

$123,768

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$116,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,170

(65 and older): $624

Places of Worship:

40+

Denominations Represented:

13+

Commercial passenger air service is available Tupelo (30 miles south), and Memphis (100 miles northwest). 

Contact information:
Booneville City Hall
203 North Main Street
Booneville, MS 38829
662.728.5601
Fax: 662.824.4661
bgraham@booneville-ms.com 
cityofboonevillems.org

 

Brandon

If you enjoy a broad, diverse range of activities, then check out this exciting town. Whether you’re attending the latest production at the Black Rose Theater, taking in three days of live music at Brandon in the Park, or spending a warm fall day boating on the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir, you’ll enjoy the life in Brandon. Here you’ll find the best of both worlds: a small town atmosphere, just six miles east of the state’s capital city and a stone’s throw from Jackson-Evers International Airport. Several challenging golf courses are located in Brandon, and with the climate of this central Mississippi town, golf really is a year-round activity here. If you like the sound of a secure, small-town atmosphere with easy access to the amenities of a big city, Brandon just may be the retirement site for you.

Brandon Facts and Figures

Population:

22,247

Hospital Beds:

154

Physicians:

50+

Average cost of Home:

$226,148

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$260,083

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $850

(65 and older): $300

Places of Worship:

100+

Denominations Represented:

17

Commercial passenger air service available in Jackson (6 miles west).

Contact information:
City of Brandon
1000 Municipal Drive
P. O. Box 1539
Brandon, MS 39043
601.824.7095
1.866.416.3550
Fax: 601.824.4597
retire@ci.brandon.ms.us
cityofbrandon.net

Brookhaven

If you’re considering retirement in Brookhaven, there’s much to explore. The lush woodlands of the Homochitto National Forest in northwestern Lincoln County are exemplary of the natural beauty of the Pine Belt. Brookhaven is home to Whitworth College, one of the oldest schools for women in the country. Its stately grounds, which once vexed students with the rigors of higher education, is now the only residential School for the Arts in the state, challenging talented and gifted high school students to reach their full potential. Fast becoming the South's premier center for the Arts, Brookhaven historically has been at the forefront of Southern culture and charm. Brookhaven strives to provide its residents with a stimulating lifestyle. The town is home to the state's second longest-running community theatre, the Ole Brook Wind Symphony, The Brookhaven Trust for the Preservation of History, Culture and the Arts and many civic and community clubs and organizations

Brookhaven Facts and Figures

Population:

12,693

Hospital Beds:

122

Physicians:

30

Average cost of Home:

$146,448

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$199,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,307

(65 and older): $511

Places of Worship:

60

Denominations Represented:

16

Commercial passenger air service is available in Jackson (65 miles north).

Contact information:
Brookhaven-Lincoln Co. Chamber of Commerce
230 S. Whitworth Ave.
P. O. Box 978
Brookhaven, MS 39602
601.833.1411
1.800.613.4667
Fax: 601.833.1412
info@brookhavenchamber.com
brookhavenchamber.com

 

Clinton

Originally called Mount Salus, meaning "mountain of health," Clinton, Mississippi was known for its refreshing springs. To this day, a sense of tranquility and well-being still fills the air, even though Clinton is located in the middle of the largest urban area in the state and is one of the fastest growing cities in Mississippi. The capital city of Jackson, with all the amenities of a metropolitan area, is only 10 miles to the east, giving retirees easy access to museums, cultural events and excellent medical facilities. The oldest four-year college in the state, Mississippi College, provides excellent academic programs, and features discounts on continuing education and special seminars dealing with retirement-related topics. The school also hosts many athletic and cultural events. In nearby Raymond, the Hinds Community College curriculum offers "Creative Learning in Retirement." This innovative program was designed “by retirees, for retirees,” to cater to their educational interests and to keep the cost of continuing education down.

Clinton Facts and Figures

Population:

25,343

Hospital Beds:

2,257

Physicians:

800

Average cost of Home:

$272,514

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$235,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $700

(65 and older): $400

Places of Worship:

35

Denominations Represented:

14

Commercial passenger air service is available at Jackson International Airport located 10 miles east. 

Contact information: 
Clinton Chamber of Commerce
100 E. Leake St.
P. O. Box 143
Clinton, MS 39060
601.924.5912
1.800.611.9980
Fax: 601.925.4009
info@clintonchamber.org
clintonchamber.org

 

Columbus

Local residents may debate which is more impressive: The historical architecture found in Columbus or the fishing. The grand antebellum mansions that line the shady streets are the basis for an annual pilgrimage to Columbus. During this pilgrimage, visitors arrive to be greeted by residents dressed in period clothes of the Old South. In addition to its rich history and architecture, the military is also a major part of life in Columbus. Columbus Air Force Base is one of three pilot training facilities in the United States, with over 6,200 military personnel, dependents and civilians living and working there. Retired military personnel benefit from medical, recreational, BX and commissary services on the base, making it an excellent option for retired veterans. Education has always been important to the Columbus community; the state's first public elementary school opened here in 1812, and the first public college for women in the United States was founded in Columbus. Today, the picturesque campus of the Mississippi University for Women is open to men as well as women. Residents can visit its fine arts gallery or take part in its continuing education program. Scholarships are available for those over 65.

Columbus Facts and Figures

Population:

23,459

Hospital Beds:

328

Physicians:

90

Average cost of Home:

$143,930

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$205,509

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,099

(65 and older): $335

Places of Worship:

121

Denominations Represented:

30

Commercial passenger air service available locally.

Contact information:
Columbus-Lowndes Development Link
1102 Main Street
P. O. Box 1328
Columbus, MS 39703
662.328.8369
1.800.748.8882
Fax: 662.327.3417
mwhitaker@gtrlink.org
cldlink.org

Corinth

Corinth

Because of its strategic railroad junction, the city of Corinth was one of the most sought-after prizes of the Civil War. Remnants of the Battle of Corinth are scattered throughout the area, and the town's rich history can be seen in the local architecture, battle sites and museums. Union and Confederate troops clashed at nearby Shiloh National Military Park while trying to gain control of the railroad. The Battery Robinette was used as an inner line of defense by the Union Forces, and a fierce battle there left almost 2,000 dead and 7,500 wounded. Its breastworks have been restored, and markers point out burial sites and historical points of interest. The Curlee House served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate generals and now operates as a museum. Today, the National Park Service’s Interpretive Center describes the role of Corinth in the Western Theatre of the American Civil War. The 15,000 square foot facility features interactive exhibits, plus a multi-media presentation of the Battle of Shiloh and the Battle of Corinth. In addition to its rich heritage, the welcoming residents make Corinth one of the most charming hometowns in the South and an ideal retirement community.

Corinth Facts and Figures

Population:

14,571

Hospital Beds:

200

Physicians:

88

Average cost of Home:

$134,749

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$174,672

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,081

(65 and older): $528

Places of Worship:

93

Denominations Represented:

26

Commercial passenger air service available in Memphis, TN (90 miles northeast) and Tupelo, MS (51 miles south). Private and charter air service available at the Corinth Airport.

 
Contact information:
The Alliance
810 Tate St.
P. O. Box 1089
Corinth, MS 38835
662.287.5269
1.877.347.0545
Fax: 662.287.5269
retirement@corinthalliance.com
corinthalliance.com

 

Gulf Coast

With 26 miles of white sandy beaches bordering quaint towns and bustling communities, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is an area with a personality all its own. This gem on the Gulf is affordable, convenient to amenities and full of fun activities throughout the year. The Gulf waters are perfect for swimming and sailing. Saltwater fishermen will feel right at home among the speckled trout, red snapper and bill fish in the local waters. Charter boats are available year-round for deep-sea fishing, or you can simply cast your line from a pier or the shore. Rivers and two large bays provide great brackish-water fishing. Off shore, islands offer ample opportunities for beach combing, picnicking or camping. Twelve casinos dot the coastline with their bright lights, gaming excitement and Vegas-style fun. In addition to slot machines and table games, the casinos also offer world-class entertainment with first-rate dining, nationally known entertainers and sporting events. Whether you're dining at one of the casinos or at any of the extraordinary local restaurants, you’ll always find an astounding array of fresh gulf seafood on the menu. Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and the Naval Construction Battalion in Gulfport are key additions to the community, with over 17,000 military personnel, dependents and civilians working and living in the area. Retired military personnel can take advantage of medical, recreational, BX and commissary services on the bases or at the Biloxi VA Hospital.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast also boasts a vibrant artistic scene. Numerous galleries and events, including the Peter Anderson festival in the fall, highlight the local artistic community, while the renowned Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art features world-renowned artists. For the golfer, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has more than 20 challenging golf courses designed by such famed course architects as Palmer, Pate, Nicklaus and Love. Thanks to temperate weather and the pleasant breeze blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, golf is one of the most popular sports on the coast. For activities, attractions and southern hospitality, it doesn’t get any better than the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Facts and Figures

Population:

362,000

Hospital Beds:

1,700

Physicians:

1,100

Average cost of Home:

$115,000

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$140,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,160

(65 and older): $520

Places of Worship:

600

Denominations Represented:

50

Commercial passenger air service available locally at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

*All figures are approximate and represent all 3 coastal counties.


Mississippi Gulf Coast Retiree Partnership
P. O. Box 7157
Gulfport, MS 39506
1.866.MS.COAST (672.6278)
retire@mscoast.org
gulfcoastretirement.org 

Hattiesburg

Selected as one of the “100 Best Retirement Towns in America” by Where to Retire magazine, Hattiesburg has become one of the leading retirement communities in the region. Hattiesburg is a rare example of a booming metropolitan area that has retained its small-town charm and atmosphere. With its hometown feel, it's somewhat surprising that the home of the University of Southern Mississippi serves an immediate market area of over a quarter of a million people with its entertainment, industrial and medical facilities.

The most popular educational activities for retirees are made available by The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, an association of retired persons who seek continued intellectual and social stimulation. The OLLI is coordinated through the University's College of International and Continuing Education. If space is available, retirees can audit ongoing classes at USM as well as neighboring William Carrey, a private Baptist university. With 12 beautiful year-round golf courses within a 30-mile radius, the Greater Hattiesburg Area is fast becoming one of the hottest golfing destinations in the region. The mild, year-round climate and warm Southern hospitality keep people coming back year after year — and are among the numerous reasons why so many retirees have chosen to call Hattiesburg home.

Hattiesburg Facts and Figures 

Population:

47,509

Hospital Beds:

836

Physicians:

400

Average cost of Home:

$203,503

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$248,063

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,452

(65 and older): $677

Places of Worship:

150+

Denominations Represented:

30

Commercial passenger air service available locally.

Contact information:
Area Development Partnership
One Convention Center Plaza
Hattiesburg, MS 39403
601.296.7500
1.800.238.HATT(4288)
Fax: 601.296.7505
adp@theadp.com
theadp.com

Laurel

When it comes to beautiful surroundings, Laurel is in a league all its own. The Central Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the state’s largest, finest and most intact ensemble of early 20th century architectural styles, including classical and colonial revivals, Queen Anne, bungalow and craftsman. The hundreds of beautiful homes and buildings are enhanced by incredible landscaping that was created by master architect Fredrick Law Olmstead’s 1909 city plan. The town is home to the internationally recognized Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Mississippi’s oldest art museum; the dynamic 145-acre Sportsplex; a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities; and a year-round schedule of festivals and special events. Laurel is a unique combination of comfortable living, architectural magnificence and Southern charm. Take it all in, and it’s sure to move to the top of your list of retirement sites.

Laurel Facts and Figures

Population:

18,347

Hospital Beds:

285

Physicians:

81

Average cost of Home:

$114,242

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$158,972

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,212.90

(65 and older): $378.23

Places of Worship:

200+

Denominations Represented:

36

Commercial passenger air service available locally at Pine Belt Airport (15 miles south).

Contact information:
B. E. Murph Center for Seniors
P. O. Box 647
715 N. 10th Avenue
Laurel, MS 39440
601.428.6142
1.877.465.2875
Fax: 601.428.6439
comevisitus@laurelms.com
laurelretirement.com

 

Madison

Madison is a suburb of Jackson that offers residents a unique array of pastimes. The town is a planned community that places a high priority on safety, comfort and atmosphere. Just five miles north of Jackson, Madison's close proximity to the state's capital has made the town a thriving community. The arts play a predominant role in daily life in Madison. The Madison County Cultural Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. Residents with a creative side can take classes in dance, theater, art and music. Strawberry Patch Park combines walking trails with exercise stations, playground equipment and picnic areas, all surrounding a serene lake that is prime for fishing. With more than 70 carefully planned subdivisions, Madison retirement provides a serene environment for residents who desire the best that a metropolitan area has to offer.

Mccomb

A lush landscape of forests, trails, lakes and creeks surround the peaceful town of McComb, while beautiful blossoms and gardens line the city streets. A home to greenery year-round, McComb's seasonal blooms almost make calendars obsolete. Daylilies and crepe myrtles mingle with the scents of backyard barbecues throughout the summer. Chrysanthemums and dogwood mark the arrival of fall. Magnificent camellia bushes burst through the light frost of winter. And the sensational colors of crocus, daffodils and azaleas signal the return of spring – a magnificent sight for all those who live here. The appearance of our brilliant azaleas means it's time for the annual Lighted Azalea Festival. During the festival, the nights of late March and early April sparkle with hundreds of illuminated yards showcasing their marvelous azalea and dogwood blossoms. A royal ceremony in Edgewood Park presents the Azalea Queen and her court to the community. Nearby Percy Quin State Park is a welcome retreat for the active and discerning outdoorsman. Its 1,700 acres are filled with cabins, campsites, hiking trails, a lake and an arboretum. For those who'd rather hit the links than the trails, Percy Quin features the Quail Hollow Championship Golf Course. And just to let off a little steam, every June the Iron Horse Festival celebrates McComb's railroad roots. The two-day party by the tracks pays tribute to the city's locomotive history with bands, crafts and regional cuisine.

McComb Facts and Figures

Population:

12,852

Hospital Beds:

198

Physicians:

75

Average cost of Home:

$87,075

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a

half-acre lot:

$150,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,663

(65 and older): $901

Places of Worship:

55

Denominations Represented:

14

Commercial passenger air service available in Baton Rouge, LA (60 miles southwest) and New Orleans, LA (80 miles south).

Contact information:
Pike County Chamber of Commerce
213 Main Street
P. O. Box 83
McComb, MS 39649
601.684.2291
1.800.399.4404
Fax: 601.684.4899
pcedd@pikeinfo.com
pikeinfo.com 

Natchez

Founded in 1716 high above the mighty Mississippi, Natchez is the oldest city on the river, and visitors will find evidence of its rich past at every turn. Natchez has lived under five flags, as nation after nation fought for control of its strategic vantage point above the river. The most obvious examples of Natchez's history are the over 500 antebellum buildings that still line the streets. Many structures remain from the French, Spanish and English eras as well, and large areas of the downtown residential districts are completely Victorian or antebellum. Every year, the city opens its doors for its Fall and Spring Pilgrimages, during which visitors arrive for special home tours. The month-long May Opera festival is a delight for both seasoned opera enthusiasts and those who have never before seen a live mezzo-soprano. Each February, the Literary and Cinema Celebration focuses on a different topic and sponsors lectures and seminars by well-known filmmakers and authors. The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race brings with it three days of hot air balloon races, music and partying on the bluff. These activities support many bed and breakfasts, as well as many great restaurants for residents to enjoy all year. Natchez Under-the-Hill, a riverside district of the town, was once infamous for the aristocrats and rogues who frequented its gambling houses, and dockside gaming can still be found there in the our modern casino. In addition to gaming excitement, the casino offers wonderful dining and entertainment options to visitors and locals alike.

Natchez Facts and Figures

Population:

15,513

Hospital Beds:

250

Physicians:

100

Average cost of Home:

$92,657

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a

half-acre lot:

$131,248

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,085

(65 and older): $347

Places of Worship:

100+

Denominations Represented:

30

Commercial passenger air service is available in Jackson (105 miles northeast), Alexandria, LA (69 miles west), Baton Rouge (86 miles south).

Contact information:
Natchez, Inc.
211 Main St., Suite B
P. O. Box 700
Natchez, MS 39121
601.445.0288
1.800.7NATCHEZ (762.8243)
Fax: 601.445.0234
retirenatchez@bellsouth.net
natchezretirement.net

 

Oxford

The aroma of wisteria and the historic town square accent life in Oxford. Widely known for the art and literature produced here, Oxford is a cornerstone of southern culture nestled among rolling hills. Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner resided here, drawing inspiration from the town’s local people and places for his fictional world of Yoknapatawpha County. Rowan Oak, his antebellum mansion, still remains intact and is open for tours. The University of Mississippi (better known as Ole Miss) is an integral part of Oxford life. Ole Miss has seven major schools of study, and students over age 65 can take up to four hours each semester for free. The university's various museums include exhibits ranging from classic Roman and Greek antiquities to B.B. King's personal album collection. Named as one of "The 50 Best Small Southern Towns" by Sweitzer & Fields, Oxford has several area golf courses. A local golf course community is a golfer’s dream come true, making it possible to literally live on the fairway of a Jim Fazzio-designed golf course.

Oxford Facts and Figures

Population:

20,136

Hospital Beds:

217

Physicians:

100+

Average cost of Home:

$208,774

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a

half-acre lot:

$268,006

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,076

(65 and older): $613

Places of Worship:

100+

Denominations Represented:

17

Commercial passenger air service available in Tupelo (50 miles east) and Memphis (70 miles northwest).

Contact information: 
Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation
299 W. Jackson Ave.
P. O. Box 108
Oxford, MS 38655
662.234.4651
1.800.880.6967
Fax: 662.234.4655
retire@oxfordms.com
oxfordms.com

 

 

Picayune

Picayune is a nature lover’s delight. Surrounded by lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and pristine woodlands. Picayune is less than an hour away from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the city of New Orleans. Nature walks abound in and around this scenic town, where neighbors socialize on front porches, kids play in yards and the streets are quiet. The Crosby Arboretum is perfect for a relaxing outing, and the Picayune on Stage dinner theater holds performances throughout the year. Each fall and spring the Picayune Street Fair takes over the town, attracting entertainers, vendors and sidewalk shoppers. The annual Christmas parade has taken on a bit of New Orleans flare with participants throwing trinkets and candy. The Pearl River Extravaganza, County Fair and various fundraising events also bring the Picayune community together throughout the year. Pearl River Community College offers a wide array of courses, and senior citizens can take classes for free on a space-available basis. The Stennis Space Center (a NASA testing complex) also offers interesting educational opportunities. A peaceful community with gently rolling hills, fresh air, clean water and short winters creates an easygoing country feel, and makes Picayune an ideal and welcoming haven for retirees.

Picayune Facts and Figures

Population:

10,743

Hospital Beds:

95

Physicians:

70

Average cost of Home:

$135,000

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$150,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,173.20

(65 and older): $368.31

Places of Worship:

68

Denominations Represented:

20

Commercial passenger air service available at New Orleans, LA (62 miles) and Gulfport, MS (61 miles).

Contact information:
Picayune Retirement Development
203 Goodyear Blvd
Picayune, MS 39466
601.798.9079
1.800.791.9188
Fax: 601.798.9079
picretdev@bellsouth.net
picayune.ms.us

 

 

 

Southaven

Just a couple of miles south of the Tennessee border, Southaven is known as the "Top of Mississippi," and its broad array of social and outdoor activities make it a top choice for retirees. Excellent schools, active churches, superb public services and an amazing sense of community embrace Southaven in a world removed from metropolitan hassles. The annual Springfest is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and brings upwards of 90,000 food and music lovers to town. A parade, midway rides, live bands and the biggest barbecue cook-off in Mississippi keep the party going for three solid days. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Arkabutla Lake, which is known for its abundance of three-pound crappie, and for its wildlife management area, which is rich in deer, wild turkey, duck, quail and rabbit. Arkabutla also offers excellent camping and hiking, as well as the best sailing winds south of Chicago. Northwest Community College and the University of Mississippi both maintain campuses in Southaven, providing excellent opportunities for continuing education. Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto is one of the region's best medical facilities, and a well-supported police force has become a national role model, preserving the peaceful sense of security in Southaven.

Southaven Facts and Figures

Population:

50,519

Hospital Beds:

5,000*

Physicians:

5,500*

Average cost of Home:

$155,000

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$175,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1,124.30

(65 and older): $356.06

Places of Worship:

101

Denominations Represented:

25

Commercial passenger air service available in Memphis (3 miles north).

* Includes Memphis

Contact information:
City of Southaven Senior Services
3335 Pine Tar Alley
Southaven, MS 38672
662.895.1138
1.877.867.6367
ahamblin@southaven.org
southaven.org

 

 

Starkville

Located in the foothills of east-central Mississippi, Starkville boasts the state's largest university, a national wildlife refuge and a nationally acclaimed golf course. Residents enjoy all the town has to offer while living in safe, quiet neighborhoods. Starkville is the home of Mississippi State University, and the entire community — as well as several thousand visitors and returning alumni — join together to root for the Bulldogs whenever they play. Great college athletics aren't all that MSU has to offer. Performances by the Starkville-MSU Symphony and theater productions are cultural highlights the town, and the school also sponsors several concerts and performances by visiting artists. The Starkville Community Theater invites residents to step into the spotlight. Continuing education programs are available through MSU, the public school system and city parks department. Together, they offer courses of study for the curious as well as degree-seekers. The Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge has two major lakes, nature trails, hunting areas and a 3,225-acre bird sanctuary. Other public and private lands offer excellent hunting, with several hunting clubs for those who want to share tips, good times and tall tales.

Starkville Facts and Figures

Population:

24,704

Hospital Beds:

96

Physicians:

48

Average cost of Home:

$229,609

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a

half-acre lot:

$270,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $1025.40

(65 and older): $331.35

Places of Worship:

99

Denominations Represented:

20

Commercial passenger air service available Golden Triangle Regional Airport (14 miles east).

Contact information: 
Greater Starkville Development Partnership
200 East Main Street
Starkville, MS 39759
662.323.3322
1.800.649.8687
Fax: 662.323.5815
jgregory@starkville.org
starkville.org

 

Tupelo

If you’re considering retirement in Mississippi, Tupelo may be just what you’re looking for. Fans from around the globe pay homage to Elvis' roots at the two-room frame house where the King was born. The hardware store where he bought his first guitar still stands and is open to tourists, as well as the elementary school where he sang "Old Shep." The Elvis Presley Museum houses one of the most unique private collections in the world, including rare articles from his youth, personal mementos and a dazzling jumpsuit from his Las Vegas act. But Tupelo's rich history reaches back much further than the birth of rock 'n' roll. The Chickasaw Village, an 18th-century Chickasaw settlement preserved on the Natchez Trace, opens a window to a forgotten time and way of life. During the summer of 1864, the Tupelo area saw two of the Civil War's bloodiest battles. Brice's Cross Roads National Battlefield and Tupelo National Battlefield commemorate the brave souls who fell in battle. Tupelo's North Mississippi Medical Center is the largest non-metropolitan hospital in the United States, achieving excellence in many different fields. As a result, Tupelo residents benefit from excellent medical facilities, educational programs and an innovative wellness center, all of which are unsurpassed in the area. Theatre, ballet and the symphony testify that the arts thrive in Tupelo, and residents also satisfy their cultural needs with exhibitions at the Tupelo City Museum and Tupelo Art Gallery.

Tupelo Facts and Figures

Population:

34,818

Hospital Beds:

650

Physicians:

491

Average cost of Home:

$137,535

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$180,220

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $932

(65 and older): $332

Places of Worship:

150+

Denominations Represented:

30

Commercial passenger air service available locally.


Contact information:
City of Tupelo
71 E. Troy St.
P. O. Box 1485
Tupelo, MS 38802
Phone: 662.841.6553
1.800.488.0739
Fax: 662.840.2075
ora.baldwin@tupeloms.gov
tupeloms.gov

 

Vicksburg

The history, charm and character of the Mississippi River flow through Vicksburg, creating an easygoing pace and cheery air. The river has always drawn people to Vicksburg — including 70,000 Union troops during the Civil War. Union generals considered the strategic importance of the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy" so significant that they laid siege to Vicksburg for two months. The Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the siege line to this day. Considered one of America's most beautiful memorials, its serene grounds serve as the final resting place for 17,000 Union soldiers, while 5,000 Confederates lie along their front line in the nearby city cemetery. But this pivotal battle is not the only noteworthy aspect of the town. Gorgeous antebellum homes and churches evoke Vicksburg's rich past as well. Every year thousands of guests come for a glimpse of the town’s wonderful architecture during the Spring and Fall Pilgrimages. The Vicksburg Theatre Guild keeps the town entertained with musicals, comedies, classics and “Gold in the Hills” (the longest running melodrama in the world). The Vicksburg Community Orchestra and the Vicksburg Community Chorus round out the cultural calendar with performances that range from ballet to bluegrass. Retirees who want to broaden their cultural horizons can enroll in the Institute for Creative Learning in Retirement at nearby Hinds Community College. The low-cost program is built specifically for retirees, offering both educational and social opportunities designed around members' interests.

Vicksburg Facts and Figures

Population:

23,563

Hospital Beds:

372

Physicians:

119

Average cost of Home:

$98,331

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a

half-acre lot:

$180,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $926.10

(65 and older): $204.53

Places of Worship:

122

Denominations Represented:

30+

Commercial passenger air service available in Jackson (50 miles east) and Monroe, LA (80 miles west) . Small passenger air service in Vicksburg, and Tallulah, LA (10 miles west).

 
Contact information:
Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce
2020 Mission 66
Vicksburg, MS 39180
601.636.1012
1.888.VICKSBURG (842.5728)
jlflowers@vicksburgchamber.org
vicksburgchamber.org

 

 

West Point

A flourishing, vibrant downtown captures the spirit of West Point. The historic buildings, old-fashioned Main Street and beautiful, wooded parks reflect the civic pride that permeates the town. West Point has twice been named in Norman Crampton's “100 Best Small Towns in America,” and there is much to enjoy and experience. An abandoned railroad converted to a walking trail, The Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway joins five city parks, with picnic areas, arbors, gazebos and a windmill dotting its path. Each year the serene grounds of Sallie Kate Winters Park swell with 30,000 visitors for the Prairie Arts Festival - repeatedly listed as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast. Shoppers arrive early to browse the wares of over 600 vendors. Golfers rejoice when they approach the first tee of Old Waverly and its beautiful residential community, listed by Golf Digest as one of America's 100 greatest golf courses. For a fascinating look at local history, visit Waverley Mansion. Waverley was built in 1852 and served as home to the original builder's family until the last descendent died in 1913. The mansion sat vacant for nearly 50 years before it was purchased and restored by a local couple. Today, this once-abandoned home is a source of civic pride and is open to tours. With its unique octagonal cupola and striking, freestanding twin staircases, Waverley is an outstanding example of antebellum architecture.

West Point Facts and Figures

Population:

11,008

Hospital Beds:

60

Physicians:

20

Average cost of Home:

$90,567

Average Cost of a New 2,000 sq. ft. Brick Home on a half-acre lot:

$130,000

Tax on $100,000 Home with Homestead Exemption:

(under age 65): $933

(65 and older): $467

Places of Worship:

32

Denominations Represented:

19

Commercial passenger air service available Golden Triangle Regional Airport (15 miles south).


Contact information:
West Point/Clay County Community Growth Alliance
510 E. Broad St.
West Point, MS 39773
662.494.5121
1.866.494.5127
lklutts@westpointms.org
westpointms.org

 




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