Discover the Rural, Southern Charm of Mississippi

The Hospitality State awaits to win you over, from the lush forests of the Appalachian Mountains to the stunning beaches and casinos along Mississippi’s gulf coast. Known for its sweet-scented magnolias, delicious comfort foods, and great music. The birthplace of Elvis and the Delta Blues has plenty to offer all those who love to wander. From cities rich in history like Natchez and Vicksburg, to the relaxed rural lifestyle found in Tupelo and Madison, Mississippi has much more to offer than you’d initially think.

Why Retire in Mississippi?

While the Magnolia State of Mississippi might not have been your first thought when the conversation of retirement comes up. The low cost of living, which is nearly 14% lower than the national average, along with the lowest retirement spending in the nation means your money will go further. Less worry and more time free to live life and explore top fishing spots in Biloxi, the lush golf courses of Madison and Hattiesburg, and all the general natural beauty Mississippi has to offer.

What are the Benefits of Living in Mississippi?

There are ample reasons people love living in Mississippi and why people choose it as an ideal destination to retire or relocate with family.  Read on for all the benefits Mississippi brings its residents.

  • Low taxes and reasonable cost of living: Get more for your money in Mississippi where there are no taxes on Social Security or on your retirement income. And has been ranked as one of the most affordable states to live in thanks to low property taxes and the nation’s lowest cost of living.
  • Mild Weather: Enjoy the seasons as you’ve always wanted to in Mississippi with no shoveling or de-icing as its mild winters, crisp falls, and warm and sunny summer days will win you over and leave you free to enjoy more of your time exploring.
  • A balance of small towns and cities: Mississippi is the place for wanderers, to enjoy and explore some of the friendliest and safest small towns in the country while enjoying the relaxed rural lifestyle and delicious comfort food. Or lose yourself in the tastes, sights, and culture of the bigger cities like the Mississippi state capital Jackson, Laurel, and Gulfport.
  • Plenty to keep you occupied: Whether the natural beauty for the those who love the outdoors, the deep connection to our country’s past for the history buff, or the sixty-two miles of pristine Gulf coastline with twelve casinos and 24-hour gaming for those who love a little fun, there’s a lot to discover within the Hospitality state.

In Mississippi, you’ll find no shortage of outdoor recreational opportunities. You can enjoy breathtaking views along the Gulf Islands National Seashore, follow wetland trails lined with ancient cypress trees, climb towering rock formations, or experience a multi-day canoe adventure on the Mississippi River. Mississippi is truly a playground for all who love the outdoors.

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When you see some Mississippi communities that look interesting to you, use the information request form to contact a local representative in each one. You can ask questions about the area, chat with a Mississippi native, and get a feel for the lifestyle you could live. You can even get into the details, like health care options, clubs and activities offered, and where you can find the best Mississippi Mud pie.

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Jackson, MS

Wide open spaces, lush greenery and sandy white beaches – what better place to retire than in Mississippi? Mississippi also is the most affordable state for retirement, with a cost of living 14% lower than the national average and total retirement spending the lowest in the nation.

With 13 certified retirement communities, each one a vibrant and hospitable area, the options are plentiful, and each one offers a quality of living unmatched anywhere else in the U.S. Whether you dream of living in the same city as the King of Rock ‘n Roll, or enjoy outdoor activities like golfing or festivals, retiring in the Magnolia State is full of options for every lifestyle.

We look forward to welcoming you home!


Located on the banks of the Tombigbee River, Aberdeen is famous for its magnolia-lined streets, historic homes and unique cultural attractions, including annual pilgrimages where locals and visitors can tour the town’s antebellum homes.


Just six miles east of the state’s capitol and a stone’s throw from Jackson Medger-Evers International Airport, Brandon offers a small-town atmosphere while boasting an amphitheater hosting world-class musicians and waterfront living and activities.


A charming college town situated in the Mississippi Delta, Cleveland is known for its high quality of life. Stroll down brick streets lined with great shopping and restaurants or take in a class or performance at Delta State University – Cleveland has a little bit of everything.


Home to the nationally recognized Crosby Arboretum, Picayune is a thriving city of approximately 11,000 inhabitants and is known for its well-maintained streets, good schools, abundance of churches, stores and restaurants.


A rare example of a booming metropolitan that has retained its small-town charm and atmosphere, this beautiful college town always has something going on – from festivals and events to educational programs and bike rides along the 41-mile Longleaf Trace.


Leading the state with the highest per capita income, highest median home value and highest educational levels – the city boasts exquisite subdivision, expansive country lots and numerous fine dining, retail and arts opportunities.


Located in the Jackson metro area, Clinton is known for its thriving downtown area with tree-lined brick streets, its award winning parks, walking trails and many academic, athletic and cultural opportunities hosted at its own Mississippi College.


Oxford is a vibrant university town heralded for its unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and bars, historic landmarks and comfortable inns, as well as the country’s number one bookstore and top tailgating experience.


Music fans around the globe know Tupelo as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, but that’s just the beginning. Tupelo residents benefit from excellent medical facilities, educational programs, theatre, ballet, a symphony orchestra and galleries.



Just a few miles south of the Tennessee border near Memphis, Southaven is known for its outdoor recreation where enthusiasts enjoy fishing, hunting and camping along the Arkabutla Lake, ranked as one of the Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lakes in America.


If you’re looking for just the right place to enjoy your retirement years, it might be difficult to find anywhere as pleasant and affordable as Starkville. As the home of Mississippi State University, Starkville offers advantages that are rare in many other communities of the same size.


Founded in 1716, Natchez is bustling with history, majestic views of the Mississippi River and is home to 500 antebellum buildings, many of which are open for tours, dining and events. And don’t miss out on the numerous cultural activities held throughout the year.

New Albany

Voted one of America’s Best Southern Small Towns by USA Today, nestled in the heart of the Mississippi hills and located on the banks of the scenic Tallahatchie River, New Albany offers the ideal setting for family and community living.


Home to the largest collection of public art in the state, the historic city of Vicksburg has a commanding view of the Mississippi River alongside art galleries, a thriving Theatre Guild and the Vicksburg National Military Park.


Plan a visit to Mississippi

If easy living and friendly neighbors are your style, then Mississippi is your ideal spot to live in. Explore the Mississippi communities below to get a taste of the best options in the state. When you’ve got a few options you like, plan a tour to see them in real life. Most communities offer tours and stays for those looking to relocate, so you can truly experience the destination. Select a few options, plan a visit, and get to know Mississippi.

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