On Mississippi's central coast, low key Bay St. Louis sits amid rivers, marshes and estuaries along the Bay of St. Louis and the Gulf of Mexico.
Quiet Brandon, a Certified Retirement Community, boasts safe neighborhoods, lake recreation and a peaceful way of life. It is a great retirement spot!
Hernando, named after Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, is a fast growing town about 25 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. It is home to a sizeable musician population and has been landing on "best places to live" lists in the last few years.
Collegiate, safe and reasonably priced, Oxford entices with its rich literary vibe, intellectual stimulation and Southern sophistication. It is a great retirement spot!
The tranquil hamlet of Ocean Springs sits on Biloxi Bay on Mississippi's east Gulf Coast and has a history of endurance. It began as the first permanent settlement in French Louisiana in 1699. In the mid-1800s, it became a resort town and garnered accolades for its healing waters. In 2005, it was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina and even today continues to rebuild.
Bordered on three sides by water, the Gulf of Mexico town of Pass Christian is called "Pass" by locals and was chartered in 1848. It was the site of the South's first yacht club and has some of the region's finest oyster reefs.
A college town, Starkville is a somewhat liberal place in an otherwise very conservative state and boasts a reasonable cost of living.
The Magnolia State entered the Union on December 10, 1817. Prosperous cotton plantations dominated the landscape during the first half of the 19th century. After the American Civil War, the state struggled to find a new economy. Mississippi became a battleground for the Civil Rights Movement.
The state's topography is primarily hilly. The flat, alluvial Mississippi Delta stretches between two rivers and contains 2.7 million acres of wetlands. Blues music has its origins there. Residents of the state experience long, hot summers and short, mild winters.
Mississippi continues to produce cotton, but over cultivation has led to diversification. Rice, soybeans, and aquaculture have helped boost the state's fragile economy. Petroleum and natural gas mining are recent developments and have helped the state move toward the manufacture of chemicals and plastics.
Musicians born in Mississippi include Jimmy Buffet, Elvis Presley, and Leontyne Price. Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center performed the world's first human lung transplant in 1963 and the first heart transplant in 1964.
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