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 15 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.


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
Fax: 662.369.3436

MS Gulf Coast
  • Cruisin the Coast

    September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm

    America’s Largest Block party featuring classic cars from all over the world showcase their rides and cruise the beautiful beach-side highway along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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  • Mississippi State Fair

    October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

    One of the South’s largest fairs with amusement rides, concessions, national recording artists, agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and more take place in Jackson.

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  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 19 @ 8:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm

    The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the river as local and national talent fill the air with live music.

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  • 7th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 20 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

    Proclaimed as the “Hot Tamale Capital of the World” this unique festival features multiple tamale vendors, music, eating contest, famous chefs and much more.

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  • Sanderson Farms Championship

    October 22 @ 8:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm

    A great annual stop on the PGA Tour. Enjoy the hospitality, the serenity of the Country Club of Jackson, the pristine course, great food and great people.

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