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Old 08-25-2014, 07:42 PM
Location: South Florida for now
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Keep in mind! This is not set in stone, merely a thought that she wants to contemplate and think through in her head. A family friend of ours has been casually considering the idea of relocating with her husband to a working-class, laid-back town (pop. 2-6k) that offers certain amenities (grocery store, gas station, family diner, etc) and can suit her desires for a more rural way of life. Salary is 3-4k p/month with her career at Walgreens here in SE Florida. Mississippi was the first state to cross her mind, one she is most insistent on, but she knows there are vast alternatives. But not with her budget. Crime rate, we'd prefer it not to be a war zone but she'd thrive in almost any environment. Suburban and urban lifestyles are not her cup of tea, but she's willing to remain local for as long as timing inhibits other options.
She's considering making room for a move, but is not sold on it.
Advocating for her, as a family friend, I would prefer friendly advice with the notion that it's not a certainty in any shape or form.
Preferred towns: Diberville and Bay St Louis (latter of which is coastal, she could go either way). Southern Mississippi could be a nice fit, but any other recommendations would do.

Thank y'all,
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:02 AM
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A rural town of 2,000 to 6,000 people describes almost the entire state.

A few that come to mind would include Poplarville and Picayune in Pearl River County (southern MS) which I think is a great location near the coast and New Orleans. And Poplarville, which is the smaller of the two, has a nice community college in town to give it some life. Also nearby is Wiggins, just 25 minutes north of Gulfport. Very much a tiny town but reasonably nice, with lots of woods and hills around and pretty good location between Gulfport and Hattiesburg.

For some more historic appeal, the town of Columbia is pretty cool, by the Pearl River about 30 minutes west of Hattiesburg. Lots of neat little cottages and bungalows, huge trees, and very green. Similarly the city of Brookhaven comes to mind, although it's quite elegant and slightly more bustling, I think with close to 13,000 people.

Further north, the town of Kosciusko on the Natchez Trace is very charming with about 7,000 people and pretty woodlands and hills all around. The town of Eupora I think is kind of charming and is just 20 minutes from Mississippi State. In northeastern MS, the towns of Pontotoc, New Albany, and Booneville fit the bill. This area has the new, billion dollar Toyota plant and is near prosperous Tupelo and elegant Oxford.

One last one...the town of Senatobia, about 30 miles south of Memphis. I think they have about 7,000 people roughly and also a large, pretty nice community college. With the Memphis suburbs in DeSoto County about 20 miles to the north, this town is close to lots of employment but maintains a small-town charm. Also, you might look at the Corinth/Iuka area in extreme northeastern MS. Corinth is a bit larger with about 15,000 people and lots of historic and new homes. Iuka has about 2,000 people at the most and is about 20 miles east of Corinth. Iuka is next to very nice Pickwick Lake and although it's tiny and extremely quiet, it has a bit of a resort feel due to the boaters coming through town.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:46 AM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Mississippi has plenty of towns that fit the criteria, like Brick said.

Bay St Louis is a great little town, but prices are rising fast. (There was a time when the water rose fast; prices fell as the water rose)

Honestly, the towns that occur to me aren't all in Mississippi. They are north of I-10 in Alabama and Georgia, and some in Florida. There seems to be a plethora of small towns like you described.

But let me say this: I went through that stage. Had to live in a small town. And I found one in North Alabama. Built a house and everything. But in my case I ran into that brick wall of not being related to anyone, and being an outsider. We never did overcome it, and never were happy. It was better than Atlanta, mind you, but we never were really happy there.....

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Old 08-27-2014, 07:17 PM
Location: South Florida for now
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I appreciate the insightful replies. Yup, all she practically wants to fulfill her needs are friendly locales who are more than willing to engage in conversation and appealing scenery, as well as convenience and affordability. Lots of these towns do come to mind, but being deemed as an outsider could be a tad bit harsh on her behalf.
She's not making up her mind in the short term, and she'd thrive the way she is right now. In the event that she does decide to relocate just to clear her head, which is a valid likelihood, we'll take all these towns into consideration and of course, I have friends in Georgia who wouldn't hesitate to offer her a temporary home 'til she could afford a fairly-priced household with her salary...
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:21 PM
Location: South Florida for now
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Any input on the Semmer, AL area? Stopped there for gas more than once on family vacations, and it looks like a quiet little town on the outskirts of Mobile with that 'Southern hospitality' feel to it... Saw plenty of rolling hills and woodlands down 98 so it might appeal to her liking.
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