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Fun doesn’t cost a thing

Wide open spaces, miles of lush greenery and deep blue waters as far as the eye can see. Annual music festivals with a precedence set by local legends like Bo Diddley, B.B. King and Elvis Presley. Mississippi hits all the right notes with its unique blend of culture, creativity and innovation.

But quality of life is about more than just entertainment. Mississippi’s housing costs are at least 40% lower than the national average, while the cost of living is almost 14% lower — meaning more money in your pocket to spend on the people and things you love.

Whether it’s a relaxing stroll among the state’s beautiful Magnolia or Southern Oak trees or a walk on the sandy beaches of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, you’re sure to find your peace – and place – in Mississippi.

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Success Flows Through Mississippi
Mississippi housing costs 40% lower than the national average
miles of Gulf Coast shoreline
In-state museums commemorating Mississippi’s deep history with music, including GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the B.B. King Museum
Cost of living 14% lower than the national average
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Easy on the eyes, easy on the wallet

Mississippi’s low cost of living and low housing costs offer advantages to residents

With a cost of living almost 14% lower than the national average and housing costs more than 40% lower than the national average, Mississippians have more money for the things they love.

Long history in healthcare

A thriving industry built on history, innovation and talent

The University of Mississippi Medical Center was the location of the world’s first successful heart transplant in the 1960s, and the state continues to be a leader in healthcare to this day. North Mississippi Medical Center is the largest non-metropolitan hospital in America, serving 700,000 patients annually. With three Fortune 100 healthcare companies relying on Mississippi for their distribution needs, it’s no stretch to say that the healthcare industry thrives in the Magnolia State.

Academic success

A strong network of universities and community colleges supporting the state

Mississippi remains committed to education and understands the necessity of providing multiple pathways to student success. With its graduation rate of 87.7%, in line with the national average, Mississippians are well prepared for secondary education at one of the state’s universities and community colleges.

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The Mighty Outdoors

Endless opportunities for adventure

With the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s 62 miles of shoreline, hiking and biking trails, world-class golfing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking and paddle boating, there’s no shortage of outdoor fun to be had. Canoe down the bayou or explore miles and miles of white, sandy beaches all in the same day.

Venture further inland from the Gulf Coast and you’ll find even more opportunities to explore, from hiking in state parks and riding horses to fishing and camping. Mississippi is full of outdoor adventures, and our steady temperate climate allows you to play outdoors almost year-round.

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Music in our veins

"Creativity" is more than just a word in Mississippi — it’s a way of life.

Music, film and craft festivals abound throughout the year, and a variety of art galleries and museums throughout Mississippi are accessible for both casual visitors and connoisseurs. Mississippi is known for its strong literary background, with authors like William Faulkner and Richard Wright and playwrights Tennessee Williams and Beth Henley being born in the state.

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