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Old 06-11-2021, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
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Greetings!


I have been watching Home Town for some time now and like many, I was intrigued by Laurel, MS and its charm, greenery and almost story book appearance on this tv program.



A little internet searching and I am not sure about how nice Laurel is, or how affordable these houses are, according to this program. Similarly sized houses anywhere in my city (Houston) would sell for 2-3 times that much. Yeah...Houston....not Los Angeles.


Houston has gotten too congested, expensive and crime-ridden to even consider retiring in or near, so we have began the search to escape Texas, as the CA and NY people move in and ruin it. We were hoping to stay in our native TX, but the crime, expense, congestion and changing politics are making a move almost inevitable.



Anyone here from Laurel and can clue us in to the city and area? We will not have small children, so school and jobs will not be a concern. We won't be looking for jobs, as we will be retired. Looking for a quiet, less congested place that (like Texas) has a center-right, southern feel. Is Lauren the place?



Thanks in advance...
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Old 06-11-2021, 11:04 PM
 
Location: North Jackson
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All I can say about Home Town is that they make a small area of very nice looking homes, appear to be the entire town. The area they focus on in the show is small - just a few blocks in every direction. Then it falls off quickly, and turns into the poverty stricken blight that you see in most of mississippi.

Laurel is a small town, with nothing to do, nowhere to go. A few stores, a few restaurants. Walmart will be your only supermarket. For signs of life you'll need to travel to hattiesburg, or even Jackson.

If your retirement consists of sitting in your house, or heading to the same restaurant or coffee shop, every day, then Laurel may fit your bill.

Good news, the Florida coast is only about 5-6 hours away.
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Old 06-12-2021, 09:26 AM
 
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According to Census figures, Laurel’s population declined lost 9,000 people from 1960 to 2010. But Jones County’s population grew during that time.
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Old Today, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
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We are no strangers to "poverty stricken blight" here in Houston. LOL
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