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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Home of two universities, the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey, Hattiesburg is an ideal college town. With a population of 52,000, it has historic districts and a welcoming atmosphere. A diverse economy and the central location in South Mississippi make this an appealing community to newcomers. Mississippi’s 4th largest city, it is called “The Hub City” because of crossing rail lines and highways.

With brief, mild winters and hot summers, Hattiesburg is a great college town for those who love warm weather.There is a 23 block Historic District and an active conservation program.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Its 2 universities provide a rich cultural environment with musical, museum, and theatrical events on a regular schedule. The Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, C.W. Woods Art Gallery, Just Over the Rainbow, and the Hattiesburg Arts Council are also active in town. The Institute for Learning in Retirement offers a wide variety of educational programs that are extremely popular.


The crime rate in Hattiesburg is well below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Forrest General Hospital and the Wesley Medical Center offer almost 800 hospital beds between them.


Amtrak's Crescent train connects Hattiesburg with the rest of the U.S. Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport offers daily flights between Hattiesburg and Memphis, TN. The Hattiesburg - Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport, a municipal airport providing business aviation services for much of South Mississippi. Highways include: Interstate Highway 59, U.S. Highway 49, U.S. Highway 98, and U.S. 11

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