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

Hospital Beds:49
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
  • 21st Annual Cruisin’ The Coast

    October 2 - October 8

    Welcome to America’s Largest Block Party.  Cruisin’ The Coast® began in 1996 as a festival to celebrate antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, nostalgic music and related events.  374 vehicles registered that first year and in 2016 we had 7,957 registered vehicles.  Car enthusiasts from 41 states plus Canada and Sweden drive to the Mississippi Gulf …

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  • Mississippi State Fair

    October 4 - October 15

    Ten fun-filled days of carnival rides, games, food, petting zoo and music.

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  • 6th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 19 - October 21

    The Delta Hot Tamale Festival is a fun-filled three-day event that celebrates local and regional artists, musicians, and tamale makers as well as some of the South’s most influential chefs and writers. This year looks to be our biggest and best year yet with some of your favorite chefs and authors returning form last year …

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  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 20 - October 22

    Join us for the best festival in Mississippi! Held on the grounds of the beautiful and historic Rosalie Mansion, on bluffs high above the Mississippi River.  Live, world-class musical entertainment keeps your feet moving while over 50 hot air balloons drift silently overhead. An on-site carnival and an arts and crafts market make this one …

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  • Native American Days 2017

    October 25 - October 27

    Three-day celebration of Southeastern Native American and colonial-era Euro American cultures in Mississippi, including traditional dance, song and storytelling presentations by Native Americans, colonial-era food, arts and crafts, Native American games and ancient weapons demonstrations. October 25-27.

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