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Living a Golf Lifestyle in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Home of two universities, the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey, Hattiesburg is an ideal college town, with private, public and country club golf courses aplenty. With a population of 52,000, it has historic districts and a welcoming atmosphere, Hattiesburg has a diverse economy and the central location in South Mississippi makes 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.

Where to Retire in Hattiesburg and Home Prices

Active adults in retirement can either live in an historic home or one of the many newer developments just outside of town for people over 50, such as Canebrake, Lake Serene or Timberton. The financial climate is attractive to retirees, as Mississippians share the lowest per capita tax burden of any state.

According to the median home value was $146,800, in mid-2018.

What is special about Hattiesburg

Charming college town with 23 block historic district; Institute for Learning in Retirement; Birthplace of Rock and Roll; Hub Fest; The Retirement Connection welcomes and orients new residents; 10 golf courses; 2 universities - the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University; Low taxes and cost of living

What is not special about Hattiesburg

 Hot, humid summers; Hurricane Katrina hit hard here, killing 24 people in the area; Facilities have been strained with the influx of evacuees and new residents

Climate and Physical Environment

The city of Hattiesburg is positioned in southern Mississippi at the fork of the Leaf and Bouie Rivers. It is about an hour and a half drive to New Orleans, Jackson, and Mobile. Try this link for a review of what it is like to retire in Oxford

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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