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Old 01-05-2019, 10:52 AM
 
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Hi. I'm 26 years old, I work as a custodian in the public school system in Maryland. My wife is 27, and works as an in home aide for the elderly. We have a 6yo daughter, and a baby on the way. We were tossing up ideas about places to move to, and I mentioned that housing looked cheap in Mississippi. I just wanted to get the perspective of people that live there. We want to live in the country, and together make about $50,000 a year here in maryland. Could you tell me if Mississippi is a good place to move to? Any places to avoid? Good school districts? How's the job market?
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Old 01-05-2019, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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My advice would be to stay away from the delta, check school ratings for any area you consider, and be within driving distance of either the Biloxi - Gulfport metro, Jackson metro, or Memphis metro for job reasons. My wife and I live in small town North MS and jobs are scarce. We both drive to Memphis to work.

Also, visit for a week or so (multiple visits if possible) before making a decision to pick up and move, look at job listings, etc.

If you decide to make the move, welcome to Mississippi and I hope you enjoy it.
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Old 01-05-2019, 07:37 PM
 
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Sounds like you are living on the edge, I'd be wary of moving anywhere that you don't have friends or family to guide you.

Google phrases like, "worst states to live in," "most people in poverty," "highest teen birthrate," "states with poor economies," "states with highest population loss," etc., MS will likely be at the top of most of the returns.

I'll take a crack at answering your questions below:

Could you tell me if Mississippi is a good place to move to? For most people NO.

Any places to avoid? Most of the state.

Good school districts? Several, but housing is going to be noticeably more expensive, for the most part.

How's the job market? Bad, especially for low skill workers, there is opportunity, but the pay is very low.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:46 AM
 
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Mississippi does have beautiful countryside, many charming towns, and affordable homes. Since you're asking about schools and job market, that narrows things down. Here are a few recommendations:

Hernando, Olive Branch, Senatobia - Just south of Memphis, very safe, good schools, plenty of jobs. Hernando and Senatobia are real towns rather than suburbs and have a classic Americana feel to them. Senatobia has a nice community college that would be a lovely place to work as a custodian.

Oxford, Water Valley - Picturesque, growing college town (Oxford) and historic, affordable, neighboring town with much beautiful countryside of trees and hills.

Tupelo, New Albany, Pontotoc, Booneville, Fulton, Corinth - The Tupelo region and surrounding small towns is hard to beat in regard to your criteria. The billion dollar Toyota plant is bound to need custodians with experience. Tupelo, Booneville, and Fulton all have community colleges. Tupelo is known for furniture manufacturing and a huge medical community. This region is safe and growing. Nearby Corinth is perhaps the loveliest of the group and is blessed with nearby lakes and state parks (Pickwick Lake and Tishomingo State Park); however, it's smaller than Tupelo and about 50 miles away thus a smaller job market.

Brandon, Florence, Brookhaven - Lovely countryside all around and large job market as part of Jackson metro area. Very safe, plenty of jobs, good schools. These are excellent options. Brookhaven is further afield from the metro area but in commuting distance and too beautiful and charming to leave out.

Starkville, Columbus - These towns are listed because of the job market (large university, major new manufacturing plants building steel, tires, helicopters, and more). There are some solidly ranked schools (Caledonia, East Webster). Starkville schools are not the highest ranked; however, they are very well run and do produce more national merit scholars than almost any school in the state due to the university. The counties west of Starkville and north of Columbus are filled with trees and hills well-suited for living in the country. If you like baseball, Miss State just built the nation's nicest college baseball stadium, so this region offers college sports (as does Oxford) and boating up and down the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway.

Laurel, Hattiesburg, Petal - Laurel is hot at the moment because of a home renovations tv show based in Laurel, taking advantage of Laurel's bevy of ultra-affordable historic homes. Hattiesburg is larger and has a university, military base and major medical community. It is surrounded by rolling pine forest. Solidly ranked schools in this area. Petal is adjacent to Hattiesburg, with top schools, but is more quiet, ultra safe, and almost like living the country even though it's a town. Overall, this region is definitely one of the best regions to live in the state.

Gulf Coast - This area (the three southernmost counties in the state) is the second most populated region of the state, with lots of tourism-related jobs (casinos, hotels, restaurants), fishing, military bases, NASA, and ship building. North of I-10 it gets country rapidly. For a coastal area this region is very affordable and has well-ranked schools, and there is the added benefit of a hundreds of miles of island beaches, coastline, rivers, lakes and bayous.

Lucedale, Picayune - These towns are just outside large metro areas (Mobile, AL and New Orleans, LA), near the coast and full of trees and nice countryside. Schools are solidly ranked and very safe. Lucedale is smaller but less than 30 minutes to Mobile as well as ship building in Pascagoula. Picayune is more like an hour to New Orleans but within 30 minutes of New Orleans suburbs (Slidell, Covington) and to NASA in Hancock County, MS.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Hi. I'm 26 years old, I work as a custodian in the public school system in Maryland. My wife is 27, and works as an in home aide for the elderly...........
You just are not going to believe what those jobs pay around here.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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I'll back up what Brickpatio has said. I'd stick to Hernando/Olive Branch/Senatobia and/or the Tupelo area. I'd go there if I had the money, life got in the way of that one.

My personal preference for you would be Tupelo, they don't call it the "All-American City" by mistake.
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Tupelo, Ms
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Please pay attention to brickpatio post. Informative and straight forward with those areas.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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If you're looking for cheap housing, I'd suggest Indiana. Healthier job market, more options, not as impoverished. Mississippi has cheap housing, but it comes at a cost, wages are low and opportunities are few.

I've lived in both states.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:10 AM
 
Location: NY>FL>VA>NC>IN
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If you're looking for cheap housing, I'd suggest Indiana. Healthier job market, more options, not as impoverished. Mississippi has cheap housing, but it comes at a cost, wages are low and opportunities are few.

I've lived in both states.
I concur. Fort Wayne is low low LOW COL, safe, big (enough) to have everything you may need, healthy economy and job market is v good per my daughter/her pals (19-25 somethings).
Check it out before you move to that armpit of a state.
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:30 PM
 
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great information brickpatio...I am wondering about some other areas...Vicksburg? Columbus? Meridian? Cleveland?
Thanks
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