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Old 01-22-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Gulfport, Mississippi Gulf Coast
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This is a post I made in a thread asking what part of MS is the best place to live. The OP wanted a town that has educated and wealthy residents so he'd feel at home driving a nice car, etc.. Not sure why wealth was his "litmus test" for a place to live , but here's my post anyhow. Hope it helps!

I'd like to put in my 2 cents worth for Gulfport/Biloxi, MS (on the Gulf Coast) as having an educated and relatively wealthy population, and being an excellent choice for someone who wants to relocate to Mississippi. Many of the Coast residents moved to the area to work at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, which provides support to NASA, the Navy, NOAA, and the Army Corps of Engineers. So there are a fairly large number of highly educated, successful scientists, engineers, and researchers from all over the U.S. in Gulfport and Biloxi.

Yes, this area was absolutely devastated by Hurricane Katrina; we lost almost all of the beach-front mansions and centuries-old oak trees! The MS Gulf Coast has both native Mississippians and many transplants from all over the country, courtesy of the casinos, the Naval Construction Battalion, Keesler Air Force Base, and the aforementioned Stennis Space Center. And although Gulfport is the 2nd largest city in Mississippi (after Jackson), there is a small-town, neighbors helping neighbors, feel to the Coast, so no storm could keep South Mississippi's people down for very long! The casinos, local businesses, tourism, and jobs are back, and the Coast is almost back to its pre-Katrina look and feel!

Since you asked, there are many wealthy people in Gulfport/Biloxi - multimillionaires, who have built gorgeous homes, some in older neighborhoods and some in fairly new subdivisions. I'm talking about impressive 7000-10,000 sq. ft. homes! These people also have 55-60' Viking sport fishing boats (the ones a previous poster referred to that burn 2000 gallons of diesel, and easily make the 90-200 mile trip into the Gulf of Mexico for "blue water" deep sea fishing), luxury cars - a gorgeous silver Porsche Panamera (among others), Jaguars, BMW 750's and 6-series convertibles, Lexus, Mercedes - you name it! So nobody cares what kind of car you drive, other than to maybe admire it and compliment you; the people are really nice here! Both towns have great yacht clubs, great public and private schools, and a friendly welcoming population!

There are concerts, food and music festivals, and live shows (e.g. Cirque du Soleil's Alegria), courtesy of the dozen or so casinos, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, the Gulf Coast Symphony, and downtown Gulfport's recently rebuilt marina and Jones Park.

There are wonderful restaurants serving fresh Gulf seafood - NO, the oil spill has NOT ruined the fishing and/or the local seafood! The stuff you see online about deformed, diseased fish is absolute baloney! I have a family member who works on a charter fishing boat. His job for the past year or so has been to investigate (for Dept of Marine Resources) ALL reports of diseased fish, by fishing all of the spots commercial fisherman claim to have caught them. He has found exactly 0, NONE, NADA! One theory is that there are some (not all, certainly) dishonest or lazy commercial fishermen who like getting government and BP checks instead of working (fishing) for their living.. but that's just me...

St. Patrick Catholic High School is ranked in the Top 50 Catholic High schools in the U.S. (out of thousands of Catholic schools)! This is the Catholic High School run by the Biloxi Diocese, and shared by students who previously attended Mercy Cross High in Biloxi and St. John High in Gulfport - schools which were destroyed by and/or torn down after Katrina. Graduates of St. Patrick are routinely admitted to, and offered scholarships by, many prestigious universities around the U.S. For instance, the graduating class of 2012 received over $13 million in scholarship offers - and we're talking about a class of under 70 students!

The New Orleans Saints play at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, which is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Gulfport, where you can also enjoy the French Quarter, fantastic restaurants, and many great concerts, Broadway in New Orleans, a large aquarium, zoo, and of course, Mardi Gras. Oh, and the MS Gulf Coast does Mardi Gras very well, if you prefer to avoid the crowds in New Orleans! I think the MS Gulf Coast is an area you should seriously consider in your search for a new home, if you haven't already settled!
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