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Old 05-20-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Hattiesburg, MS
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Of these three Mississippi college towns, which is most liberal-minded, forward and progressive thinking? Which is most conservative?

- Hattiesburg
- Oxford
- Starkville
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:01 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Probably Hattiesburg. From my experience MS tends to get more and more progressive/open the further south you go.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:28 PM
 
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I don't think any place in MS is liberal or progressive in the sense most people interpret it. Ms is simply not liberal. That is you will not find a place where Obama won, where atheists have a significant presence, where gay couples attend a prom without comment, or government is celebrated. But there are individuals who are progressive in this sense. Also there are places where those who are liberal are accepted and respected by the conservative majority--but perhaps pitied a bit. There are places where liberals can find fellow travelers, so to speak. A liberal simply has to realize he or she is a minority--a small one at that.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:49 PM
 
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I agree with Tama.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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I'm a progressive, although I'm also pro-life and I go to church every week, but I'm planning on moving to Hattiesburg in the future. It doesn't bother me that the area is conservative, I just don't talk much about politics anymore because it leads to a dead end most of the time.
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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I'm a progressive, although I'm also pro-life and I go to church every week, but I'm planning on moving to Hattiesburg in the future. It doesn't bother me that the area is conservative, I just don't talk much about politics anymore because it leads to a dead end most of the time.
I agree with your attitude Although I did say MS is not liberal, Hattiesburg has a large outlier community because of the military presence, medical, and university communities which bring in some diversity of thought. With your attitude I think you will be able to enjoy all the aspects of life here and get along with your new conservative friends and neighbors.

You can also find a more progressive niche, but you will have a larger overriding community of very conservative thought. I personally have a lot of acquaintances who are not lockstep conservatives. Good luck in your move to the Burg--it is a very pleasant and vibrant community.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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Oxford and Starkville are overwhemingly conservative. Hattiesburg is more urban and has more diversity. Of the three, it's definitely the most progressive.
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:18 PM
 
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Hattiesburg....by far!
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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I've never been to Oxford and I've been to Starkville only once. I actually liked Starkville...something about the town got me. It was clean and well maintained something I like in a city.

In saying that I will say that Hattiesburg is the more liberal/cosmopolitan by Mississippi standards out of the 3. Hattiesburg and below is a lot different from the rest of the state as a whole. Don’t ask me why...it just is. As a whole Hattiesburg offers more amenities and things to do.

All in all though Mississippi is an alright state but I can't imagine myself being here after the age of 25 it’s to conservative for my liking.
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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Straying off topic a bit--I understand a young person wanting to leave a state that they grew up in. After all--there is a whole world to explore. I myself would want to be somewhere with museums and galleries and performance arts on a high scale for at least part of my life. It is also a learning and growing time and being able to hear diverse opinions, lectures,
meet fascinating people with amazing intellects is all part of that.

But once you have that under your belt and if you have sufficient means, you can live in Ms and still enjoy those pursuits. I think it is a stage of life thing. The conservative thought doesn't really have to impact your own life at all. It is no different really than any other place out of the big metro areas.


But definitely get out and explore--and then come back and bring some cosmopolitan elements with you--Ms's days in the sun are yet to come.
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