Retirement Communities in Mississippi

If you are considering one of the retirement communities in Mississippi, you'll find that Southern Hospitality is alive and well. No matter where you are from, be prepared to be greeted with open arms.

Mississippi has a variety of terrains to choose from with its’ rolling hills, flatlands, lush forests and over 100 miles of white sandy beaches.

Mississippi offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. There are more than 140 golf courses across the state along with miles of hiking and biking trails. You can also enjoy boating and fishing on one of the many popular lakes and streams. And of course, if you love spending time on the beautiful sunny beaches of the Gulf Coast, the Gulf of Mexico is just a short drive from anywhere in the state.

If you enjoy taking risks, there are Casinos located in Tupelo, just south of Memphis as well as Biloxi along the gulf coast.

With a median home price of about 12% below the national average and a cost of living that’s 3% below the national average, Mississippi is a very affordable place to retire. Real estate can be purchased in the larger, inland metropolitan cities for as little as $10,000 to more than $1.45 million for estate properties. Waterfront homes along the Gulf range from $20,000 up to $6 million. So, you can find a home to fit almost any budget.

The winters are short and mild with average January temperatures around 48 degrees F, which is very appealing but on the other hand, the summers are long, hot and very humid.

Hometown Mississippi Retirement, founded by the state in 1999, screens cities throughout Mississippi and defines cities as Certified Retirement Communities in Mississippi. In order to make the list, a city must:

• Be Affordable

• Have Low taxes

• Have a Low Crime Rate

• Have Quality Medical Care

• Have Lots of Recreation Activities

• Have Educational and cultural opportunities

• It must be a warm and welcoming community

These 21 cities are considered Certified Retirement Communities in Mississippi:

• Aberdeen

• Booneville

• Brandon

• Brookhaven

• Clinton

• Columbus

• Corinth

• Hattiesburg

• Laurel

• Madison

• McComb

• Meridian

• Mississippi Gulf Coast

• Natchez

• Oxford

• Picayune

• Southaven

• Starkville

• Tupelo

• Vicksburg

• West Point

Is Mississippi on your list of "Best Places To Retire"? Just remember if are considering Mississippi as your retirement destination, do your homework and visit the area you'd like to call home before you buy.

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