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Old 08-06-2021, 11:46 AM
 
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Old 08-06-2021, 01:28 PM
 
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Some people may be tempted to believe that Mississippi’s second largest city is Madison or Southaven, based on how many times they are mentioned in this forum as desirable places to live. But Gulfport is the second-largest city.
Since Mississippi supposedly lost some 6,000 people in the 2010s, I suspect most of the growth highlighted in the link is from in-state people moving from counties with stagnant economies to those that have more jobs. Maybe the coast counties have recovered from Katrina. On the other hand, some people who once lived in those counties have chosen to move further inland, which explains the growth in Stone and George Counties.
Growth in Pontotoc, Lee, and Union Counties can be partly explained by the Toyota factory near the point where the three counties’ boundaries come together. Some people could also be transplants from Lafayette County and its high cost of living due to Ole Miss. A similar scenario is playing out in Lamar, Jones and Lowndes Counties, which are next to the other state counties (Oktibbeha and Forrest) with major universities.
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Old 08-10-2021, 02:45 AM
 
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It's fascinating to see Harrison and DeSoto quickly catching up to Hinds County. Looks like within 15 years or so, Harrison will emerge as the largest county in the state. That's bound to be a psychological boost for the Coast.

But DeSoto County probably has the most potential for growth. If it continues to grab 50-60% of all the growth in the Memphis metro area, DeSoto will surpass half a million people within 40 years and by then be Mississippi's answer to Johnson County, Kansas, with today has some 600,000 people and a median household income of $90,000, equivalent to about 25 or 30 Madisons. That will be a game changer for Mississippi to have such a large, affluent, urbanized area going almost from Memphis to Oxford.
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Old 08-10-2021, 05:44 PM
 
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But DeSoto County probably has the most potential for growth. If it continues to grab 50-60% of all the growth in the Memphis metro area, DeSoto will surpass half a million people within 40 years and by then be Mississippi's answer to Johnson County, Kansas, with today has some 600,000 people and a median household income of $90,000, equivalent to about 25 or 30 Madisons. That will be a game changer for Mississippi to have such a large, affluent, urbanized area going almost from Memphis to Oxford.
I can confirm that while Kansas City, MO is the original and by far the largest individual city in that metro area, all the growth and action was just across the border in Johnson County, KS as of 16 or so years ago. What were formerly "bedroom communities" were experiencing massive growth in industry, commercial entities, hospitals, world headquarters for large firms, etc. My own company opened an office in Overland Park about a year ago.

If the city of Memphis, TN is seen as stagnant, then DeSoto will get the overflow growth. That said, TN has a massive advantage in taxes.
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Old 08-10-2021, 07:22 PM
 
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Tennessee does have a big advantage in tax rates on business owners (5% in MS vs 0% in TN), although after federal deductions, lower sales and property taxes and lower land costs, the difference is not so stark.

That said, Mississippi leaders are all pushing to eliminate the state income tax. It's a matter of agreeing on how to get it done, but once that decision is made DeSoto will be well on its way to becoming the next Johnson County, Kansas.

DeSoto County is already highly diversified economically, is just minutes from the Memphis airport and downtown Memphis, and has a great interstate system and top rated schools. For people wanting large lots with multiple acres and pretty land with trees, streams, and hills, DeSoto is the best place to live in the Memphis metro area. The future is bright indeed.
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Old 09-03-2021, 12:46 PM
 
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I have lived in Grenada, MS for two years as a teenager. MS is not for everyone. It is very different from all places I have lived and I don't mean that in a bad way at all. It was just a cultural shock.

During my time there, I really thought that both Oxford and Tupelo are nice. I always enjoyed my trips to DeSoto County in Southaven for other things that Grenada lacked.

I don't see the appeal in the rest of MS other than maybe Hattiesburg and Rankin County outside Jackson. If I ever move back to MS, DeSoto County would be my first choice before Tupelo and Oxford.
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