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Hometown Retirement

Mississippi is a great place to visit and an even better place to live, thanks to our vibrant communities and affordability. Learn more about Mississippi’s 12 certified retirement cities.













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Named as one of “10 Great Small Towns for Retirement” by Travel 50 & Beyond Magazine, Aberdeen is located on the banks of the Tombigbee River, along the Tenn-Tom Waterway. The town is famous for its magnolia-lined streets and gardens, its many historic homes, and its unique cultural attractions, including annual pilgrimages where visitors can tour the town’s antebellum homes.

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Brandon offers a small town atmosphere, just six miles east of the state’s capital city and a stone’s throw from Jackson-Evers International Airport. The city boasts a new 8,300 seat amphitheater, offering performances by world-class touring acts under the stars. Brandon is situated on the Ross Barnett Reservoir with abundant recreational activities, including city parks and challenging golf courses.

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Located in the Jackson metro area, Clinton is one of the fastest growing cities in Mississippi. The city is home to the oldest four-year college in the state, Mississippi College, offering many academic, athletic and cultural opportunities. Clinton is known for its thriving downtown area with treelined, brick streets, its award-winning parks and convenient walking trails.

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Selected as one of the “100 Best Retirement Towns in America” by Where to Retire magazine, Hattiesburg is a rare example of a booming metropolitan area that has retained its small-town charm and atmosphere. Hattiesburg is home to the University of Southern Mississippi, so there’s always something to do, from educational programs to college athletics to bicycle rides along the 41-mile Longleaf Trace, to golfing at the many courses in the city and nearby.

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Madison regularly tops the list of best places to live in Mississippi, leading the state with the highest per capital income, highest median home value and highest educational levels among other accolades. The city boasts exquisite subdivisions, expansive country lots and numerous fine retail, dining and arts opportunities. Golfing is a popular pastime in Madison, with three golf courses in the area, including Annandale, a Jack-Nicklaus designed golf course.

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Founded in 1716, Natchez is bustling with history and home to over 500 antebellum buildings, many of which are open for special home tours during the Fall and Spring Pilgrimages. The city offer numerous cultural activities, including the month-long May Opera festival February and the Literary and Cinema Celebration. Every year, the city hosts the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race, three days of hot air balloon races, music and festivities on the bluff.

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Oxford is a vibrant University town heralded for its unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks and comfortable inns, along with the country’s number one bookstore according to Publisher’s Weekly. It’s home to the University of Mississippi, offering an array of exciting athletic events as well as enlightening and enriching performing arts programs, scholarly presentations, museums and exhibits.

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Picayune is a thriving city of approximately 11,000 inhabitants, known for its well-maintained streets, good schools, and abundance of churches, stores and restaurants. The city hosts many festivals and street fairs each year and is home to the nationally recognized Crosby Arboretum. The city holds a National Seal of Approval from the American Association of Retirement Communities (AARC).  

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Just a few miles south of the Tennessee border and Memphis, Southaven offers a perfect combination of recreational, public services and community living. The annual Springfest is one of the top 20 events in the Southeast. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy fishing, hunting and camping along Arkabutla Lake. Northwest Community College and the University of Mississippi both maintain campuses in Southaven, providing excellent opportunities for continuing education.

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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 to find in many other communities of similar size. A vibrant college town, Starkville maintains a nice balance between town and gown, offering all the advantages of a thriving business community, attractive residential neighborhoods, and the many sporting events, concerts, plays, museums, and galleries of Mississippi State University.

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Music fans around the globe know Tupelo as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. But Tupelo’s rich history reaches back much further than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, encompassing historic Native American settlements and Civil War battlefields. Tupelo residents benefit from excellent medical facilities, educational programs, theatre, ballet, a symphony orchestra, the Tupelo City Museum and Tupelo Art Gallery.

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The historic City of Vicksburg, with its commanding view of the Mississippi River, has served as the region’s center of commerce and culture for nearly 200 years. The city is home to the largest collection of public art in Mississippi, art galleries, a thriving Theatre Guild and is the site of the Vicksburg National Military Park.

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