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Old 10-12-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Gothenburg/Sweden
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Hey Everyone,

I need some serious help. I am currently living in Northern Virginia, right outside Washington D.C., and I LOVE it here. However, my husband recently got a job offer down in Gulfport, MS. So now I am doing a little research about the area. My husband and I have had some disputes, because I really don't want to leave the area. But I have to be fair and try to see my husbands point of view as well. So far the only two pro's I have found with moving down to Gulfport, would be the beach and cheap cost of living. The pro's over here on the other hand are so much more. In the area we live at, we have city and country life. There is always something to do over here and you will never get bored. It is very europeanized and shopping and dining is always within walking distance. The people here are so diverse. You find cultures from all around the world. The school districts are wonderful, the weather has 4 seasons. In other words, to me this place is perfect. So can someone please tell me more about Gulfport and maybe convince me why it is better to live there.
What is the city life like? How are the people? What are the schools like?? What are the better areas to live in and what areas should one stay away from??? Do you guys have any mixed communities with living and shopping within walking distance?? How often do one have to worry about hurricanes and tornadoes???
Does winter exist down there???? Sorry if you find any of my questions silly, I am just trying gather as much info as possible.
Thanks in advance
T.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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The Mississippi coast has mild winters. You could say they feel like spring to people up North. The climate is humid year round. Gulport is defintely not as large or wealthy as the DC area. There is a Vietnamese community in Biloxi.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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There is no comparison between the two. DC is much wealthier. However, the Coast has its charms. Average daily highs in winter are 60 degrees and in spring, summer and fall the ocean breezes near the beach are wonderful. Downtown Ocean Springs has the walkable community with unique restaurants and shops. Pass Christian is lined with seaside mansions and a picturesque marina. Bay St. Louis is artsy and has a perfect spot overlooking the bay. Diamondhead is a pleasant golf course community.

There are many restaurants in the area with water views. Gulfport and Biloxi are in the center and the largest and are more urbanized and a mixture of working class and middle class neighborhoods, with a large military presence and with a few upper middle class areas similar to northern Virginia. New Orleans and the French Quarter are only an hour away.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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I lived in the Gulfport area for 6 years. The backwards mentality, horrific school systems (crime/education standards), filth, heat, confederate flag gun toting fools and hurricanes grow old quick. Don't trust the marketing schemes, Gulport/Biloxi is a filthy area, families have to travel to see something nice. Also, Gulport/Biloxi beach, its knee high water!...no tide!...only tourist get in the water.

There are some good things. Year around weather, I could run everyday...I do miss that. Seafood is off the hook. These people love to party. New Orleans, an hour away, is the best. The Florida Panhandle and Alabama beaches (blue water!!) are far superior and within driving distances.

Would I go back to live? No way, the negatives simply overwhelm the good. Would I visit the Gulfport/Biloxi area specifically? No! Would I visit the Florida panhandle, south Bama and New Orleans? A resounding yes!
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Gothenburg/Sweden
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I lived in the Gulfport area for 6 years. The backwards mentality, horrific school systems (crime/education standards), filth, heat, confederate flag gun toting fools and hurricanes grow old quick. Don't trust the marketing schemes, Gulport/Biloxi is a filthy area, families have to travel to see something nice. Also, Gulport/Biloxi beach, its knee high water!...no tide!...only tourist get in the water.

There are some good things. Year around weather, I could run everyday...I do miss that. Seafood is off the hook. These people love to party. New Orleans, an hour away, is the best. The Florida Panhandle and Alabama beaches (blue water!!) are far superior and within driving distances.

Would I go back to live? No way, the negatives simply overwhelm the good. Would I visit the Gulfport/Biloxi area specifically? No! Would I visit the Florida panhandle, south Bama and New Orleans? A resounding yes!
AAAAAAAAA NOW I'M SCARED!!!!!!!!
Crime, is nothing new to me. Having lived here in D.C. Metro Area for so long, you sort of get used to that. But no good school systems. heat and humidity and dirty areasoh no NOT GOODAre there absolutely no good areas at all??? I can deal with Country, I lived in meridian for a year. But are there anything positive out in Gulfport/Biloxi/Pascagoula area????
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Springfield, mo
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Default Gulfport from a former resident

Don't listen to them. I lived in Gulfport for over 40 yrs and it was a pretty safe place. Sure like any town there are bad places but not all if the coast is bad. I lived in the northern area of Gulfport all of my life and went to school there. In fact I lived across the street from a section 8 apartment complex and never had any problems with crime.

Now it will not be like living in Washington D.C. It doesn't have all of the cultural aspects of really big cities but there is always something going on. Plus, New Orleans is only 1 to 1 1/2 hrs away.

There are two fairly big military bases there so there are people from all over on the coast. There is a big Hispanic and Vietnamese population on the coast. Some consider the south as racist and "rednecks".
Yes there are some bigoted, narrow minded people but they are not the majority of people there.

The education is lacking in some areas. There are many good private schools on the coast.

If you chose to only see the negative in people and places then you will be miserable. Yes there are some things that need improving but there are also lots of good things about the coast.

If you like warm weather, then you will love the area. It does get pretty hot and humid in the summer and it tends to rain quite a bit.

I moved further north because my husband is going to school and found a job here in Missouri. My family still lives there and MS will always be my home. I think that people who hate it there choose to hate it and don't want to give the area a chance. Plus if they think the whole area is backwoods rednecks, then they are hanging out in the wrong area and with the wrong people. We are not all like that!

If you visit the area and try to keep an open mind, I think you will find that it is really not a bad place to live.

Just my two cents...

The area is not as filthy as the other poster claims it is. Yes there are some areas that need work but there are some beautiful areas in Long Beach, Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis etc. Besides there are a lot of big urban cities that are way dirtier than the Gulf Coast.

Last edited by Stephkp; 10-17-2012 at 02:27 PM.. Reason: forgot to mention
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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Don't listen to them. I lived in Gulfport for over 40 yrs and it was a pretty safe place. Sure like any town there are bad places but not all if the coast is bad. I lived in the northern area of Gulfport all of my life and went to school there. In fact I lived across the street from a section 8 apartment complex and never had any problems with crime.

Now it will not be like living in Washington D.C. It doesn't have all of the cultural aspects of really big cities but there is always something going on. Plus, New Orleans is only 1 to 1 1/2 hrs away.

There are two fairly big military bases there so there are people from all over on the coast. There is a big Hispanic and Vietnamese population on the coast. Some consider the south as racist and "rednecks".
Yes there are some bigoted, narrow minded people but they are not the majority of people there.

The education is lacking in some areas. There are many good private schools on the coast.

If you chose to only see the negative in people and places then you will be miserable. Yes there are some things that need improving but there are also lots of good things about the coast.

If you like warm weather, then you will love the area. It does get pretty hot and humid in the summer and it tends to rain quite a bit.

I moved further north because my husband is going to school and found a job here in Missouri. My family still lives there and MS will always be my home. I think that people who hate it there choose to hate it and don't want to give the area a chance. Plus if they think the whole area is backwoods rednecks, then they are hanging out in the wrong area and with the wrong people. We are not all like that!

If you visit the area and try to keep an open mind, I think you will find that it is really not a bad place to live.

Just my two cents...

The area is not as filthy as the other poster claims it is. Yes there are some areas that need work but there are some beautiful areas in Long Beach, Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis etc. Besides there are a lot of big urban cities that are way dirtier than the Gulf Coast.
Thank you for that Step,
I did a lot of research and even actually found a few areas and apartment complexes that had me exciting going there. Unfortunately, my husband found out the other day he did not get the job. So at least for now, gulfport is closed down. Thanks again everyone for chipping in and giving me all this info. I really do appreciate it, both pros and cons. Maybe there will be a vacation planed for gulfport instead one day.
Now we are awaiting job news from meridian,MS. and Norfolk,VA. Kind of interesting in a way to see where our lives will take us
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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I think both Washington AND the Gulf have the advantage of being by deep-water fishing. I was really surprised though. I have my mouth all set for great seafood and have yet to find a decent restaurant. What happened to all of the great Ma-&-Pa Seafood restaurants I've heard that the Gulf Coast is famous for. I could always go to one of the Casinos but who wants deep-fried Cod flown in frozen from New York? What no Grouper??

FWIW.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:39 PM
 
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Half Shell Oyster House in Biloxi is great. Also Mary Mahoneys in Biloxi is famous. The marinas in Long Beach and Pass Christian have great restaurants overlooking the water. Downtown Ocean Springs is full of restaurants. Downtown Bay St Louis has several cool restaurants also. Also several in downtown Gulfport.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:17 AM
 
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Half Shell Oyster House in Biloxi is great. Also Mary Mahoneys in Biloxi is famous. The marinas in Long Beach and Pass Christian have great restaurants overlooking the water. Downtown Ocean Springs is full of restaurants. Downtown Bay St Louis has several cool restaurants also. Also several in downtown Gulfport.
Many thanks! I bet you know where you can find me this weekend!

FWIW.
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