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Old 10-23-2012, 05:05 PM
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Hello Everyone!

I myself am from Wisconsin & love the green, the trees & the beauty, but HATE the cold. I moved to Utah when I was 9 & I have hated it here ever since.

Before I met my husband, he was stationed in Gulfport. He has a daughter who lives in the Coastal area of Ms who he very rarely gets to see. He took my children & I to visit her 3 years ago for the first time. My children & I instantly fell in love with Mississippi! We've been talking for about a year & a half about relocating. I have done SOME research on the internet & have spoken with my step-daughter's relatives about the Coastal area. A lot has changed since my husband lived in Ms & neither of us are sure exactly where would be the best place all around to raise our family & not be so far away from his daughter.

Can anyone give me some thoughts, suggestions &/or ideas of some good areas? If you're going to trash Ms, please DO NOT COMMENT! I'm not looking for negative, crude remarks, only helpful insight.

Thank you
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:43 PM
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Bay St Louis is artsy and laid back. Diamondhead is a comfortable golf course oriented community...further from the center of but closer to New Orleans.

Pass Christian is quiet and elegant. Long Beach is quiet and affordable. Both have well rated schools.

Gulfport has some of the wealthiest new neighborhoods along the north side of Bayou Bernard. Gulfport also has poor neighborhoods. Downtown was just redone and is on the upswing.

North of I-10 is sprawling suburban shopping and some homes on larger lots and two new traditional neighborhood developments, one named Tradition.

Biloxi is pleasant and diverse with newer neighborhoods near Pass Rd and Popps Ferry just south of Biloxi Bay. Ocean Springs has a trendy downtown and some pleasant residential areas and suburban shopping.

North of I-10 has some larger
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:55 PM
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+1 Diamonhead
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:20 PM
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When I think of places for "kids" I think of places where the kids can be out of sight and you don't have to worry about them. No offense, but I don't know if pricey living and high-dollar digs automatically translates to great places to raise kids. IIRC that recent scandal in California (see: "**** League"?) took place in one of the most up-scale areas imaginable. For me a great place to raise kids would equate to someplace where there could be a little "safe" rebellion and some soft-core "hangin' out". This is one of the few times you will ever hear me advocate for the excessive use of school sports as "community cement".

That said does anyone else have thoughts on good places to raise kids? Put another way, if there were kids on this forum where would THEY vote to live? Thoughts?

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:23 AM
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Whatever you do make sure your children can get a good education. The school "system" in Ms. is the worst in the nation.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:50 AM
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Clinton, MS. Clinton has one of the best school systems in MS along with Southaven, MS. I reloctaed to Clinton just for the school system and I have not been disappointed. Also, Clinton is a 2 hour drive to the Gulf Coast and minutes drive to other nice places such as Flowood, Ridgeland, Madison, Pearl, Vicksburg.
I wish you luck and know that you will enjoy any place because it sounds as if your heart is into it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:04 AM
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I second Clinton!
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:28 PM
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Thinking about relocating with my family ....single parent looking for a new start narrowed my choices down to Mississippi...or South Carolina...education, entertainment, crime etc...pros and cons please ...help!!
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:02 PM
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I would also recommend looking at Hattiesburg. It's an hour's drive north of Gulfport, about an hour & a half from Jackson and Mobile, and just under two hours from New Orleans. Hattiesburg is a city of around 47K people and is a university town (my alma mater, Southern Miss!), so there's a lot of activity associated with USM.
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:59 PM
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First, SJAarmyWife said Southern Mississippi, which I take to mean anything south of Magee or Crystal Springs.

Brickpatio and golden eagles fan pretty much covered a lot of it. Both are good choices. The coast has a lot more "stuff", but Hattiesburg has a medium-sized university, one of the state's "Big Three" (University of Southern Mississippi).

But if you choose the coast, you need to be aware of hurricanes. Katrina did at least as much damage here as it did to New Orleans, just 70 miles to the west. For that reason, I'd stay away from the immediate shoreline. Look for a US Geological Survey or Corps of Engineers relief map for the region, and buy a house at least 30 feet above sea level. A little planning can go a long way.
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