These are Mississippi’s best counties for retirees

Published 1:47 pm Sunday, August 22, 2021

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Best counties to retire to in Mississippi

Buyers and sellers of real estate alike—when asked what are the three most essential considerations about a property—will nearly always reply “location, location, location.” While this answer is sometimes tongue-in-cheek, it is often quite accurate, and this reply perhaps applies to retirees more than any other demographic. Settling down after a lifetime of working and perhaps raising a family calls for the perfect location: a spot where you can enjoy life with as few concerns as possible.

When seniors aged 65 years or older decide on where they want to live out their golden years, they consider very specific factors, such as the cost of living, government services, health care facilities, weather and overall climate, crime rate, outdoor recreational activities, eating establishments, cultural and entertainment opportunities, and more.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to retire in Mississippi using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, healthcare, recreation and weather.

Location is critical as retirees determine where to spend their senior years enjoying favorite activities; however, it’s a very unique decision based on a multitude of preferences and needs. Whether it be bustling downtowns or access to parks, affordable home prices or cultural amenities like museums, retirees seeking to settle in a permanent spot are sure to find a private paradise in any of these counties recommended by Niche because, in the end, there is no place like home—no matter the location.

Read on to discover the best counties to retire to in Mississippi.

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#25. Yalobusha County

– Population: 12,367
– Median home value: $79,700 (70% own)
– Median rent: $665 (30% rent)
– Median household income: $41,464
– Top places to live: Water Valley (B-), Coffeeville (C+), Oakland (C-)

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#24. Lowndes County

– Population: 59,150
– Median home value: $134,200 (64% own)
– Median rent: $805 (36% rent)
– Median household income: $50,441
– Top places to live: New Hope (A-), Columbus (C+), Caledonia (B+)

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#23. DeSoto County

– Population: 178,975
– Median home value: $168,500 (74% own)
– Median rent: $1,057 (26% rent)
– Median household income: $67,038
– Top places to live: Olive Branch (A-), Hernando (A-), Southaven (A-)

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#22. Stone County

– Population: 18,276
– Median home value: $112,800 (75% own)
– Median rent: $680 (25% rent)
– Median household income: $45,483
– Top places to live: Wiggins (B)

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#21. Forrest County

– Population: 75,224
– Median home value: $122,700 (55% own)
– Median rent: $773 (45% rent)
– Median household income: $39,840
– Top places to live: Petal (A), Hattiesburg (B+), Glendale (C+)

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#20. Simpson County

– Population: 26,888
– Median home value: $87,900 (80% own)
– Median rent: $660 (20% rent)
– Median household income: $43,850
– Top places to live: Magee (C+), D’Lo (B-), Mendenhall (B-)

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#19. Lauderdale County

– Population: 76,279
– Median home value: $96,300 (64% own)
– Median rent: $752 (36% rent)
– Median household income: $42,534
– Top places to live: Marion (B), Nellieburg (B-), Meridian (C+)

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#18. Grenada County

– Population: 21,088
– Median home value: $105,000 (64% own)
– Median rent: $682 (36% rent)
– Median household income: $40,122
– Top places to live: Grenada (B), Holcomb (B), Elliott (B-)

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#17. Pearl River County

– Population: 55,219
– Median home value: $138,200 (78% own)
– Median rent: $765 (22% rent)
– Median household income: $46,901
– Top places to live: Hide-A-Way Lake (B), Nicholson (C+), Picayune (C+)

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#16. Monroe County

– Population: 35,673
– Median home value: $91,700 (74% own)
– Median rent: $618 (26% rent)
– Median household income: $42,354
– Top places to live: Amory (B), Aberdeen (B-), Hatley (B)

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#15. Tishomingo County

– Population: 19,441
– Median home value: $88,100 (76% own)
– Median rent: $564 (24% rent)
– Median household income: $37,681
– Top places to live: Golden (B), Belmont (B-), Tishomingo (B-)

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#14. Choctaw County

– Population: 8,277
– Median home value: $81,400 (79% own)
– Median rent: $556 (21% rent)
– Median household income: $36,777
– Top places to live: French Camp (B), Ackerman (B), Weir (C+)

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#13. Hancock County

– Population: 46,961
– Median home value: $147,500 (76% own)
– Median rent: $850 (24% rent)
– Median household income: $48,119
– Top places to live: Diamondhead (B+), Waveland (B), Bay St. Louis (B)

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#12. Jackson County

– Population: 142,376
– Median home value: $135,900 (70% own)
– Median rent: $879 (30% rent)
– Median household income: $51,657
– Top places to live: Ocean Springs (A), Gulf Hills (A), Gulf Park Estates (A)

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#11. Montgomery County

– Population: 10,068
– Median home value: $84,800 (69% own)
– Median rent: $554 (31% rent)
– Median household income: $39,840
– Top places to live: Winona (B), Kilmichael (B-), Duck Hill (B-)

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#10. Lee County

– Population: 85,072
– Median home value: $133,700 (68% own)
– Median rent: $752 (32% rent)
– Median household income: $50,559
– Top places to live: Tupelo (A), Saltillo (B+), Shannon (C+)

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#9. Winston County

– Population: 18,229
– Median home value: $84,900 (73% own)
– Median rent: $697 (27% rent)
– Median household income: $34,724
– Top places to live: Louisville (B-)

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#8. Harrison County

– Population: 204,502
– Median home value: $150,500 (57% own)
– Median rent: $895 (43% rent)
– Median household income: $47,894
– Top places to live: Biloxi (A-), Pass Christian (A-), Long Beach (B+)

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#7. Madison County

– Population: 104,562
– Median home value: $219,700 (72% own)
– Median rent: $940 (28% rent)
– Median household income: $71,824
– Top places to live: Madison (A+), Ridgeland (A+), Canton (C)

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#6. Rankin County

– Population: 152,677
– Median home value: $162,500 (77% own)
– Median rent: $983 (23% rent)
– Median household income: $65,996
– Top places to live: Flowood (A), Brandon (A), Pearl (A-)

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#5. Jasper County

– Population: 16,505
– Median home value: $79,000 (85% own)
– Median rent: $578 (15% rent)
– Median household income: $35,872
– Top places to live: Bay Springs (B), Louin (B), Montrose (B)

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#4. Alcorn County

– Population: 37,090
– Median home value: $102,700 (69% own)
– Median rent: $617 (31% rent)
– Median household income: $42,086
– Top places to live: Corinth (B), Farmington (B-), Glen (B)

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#3. Lamar County

– Population: 61,969
– Median home value: $177,700 (67% own)
– Median rent: $927 (33% rent)
– Median household income: $60,328
– Top places to live: West Hattiesburg (A), Arnold Line (A-), Sumrall (A-)

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#2. Clarke County

– Population: 15,770
– Median home value: $84,900 (83% own)
– Median rent: $669 (17% rent)
– Median household income: $43,207
– Top places to live: Quitman (B+), Enterprise (B), Stonewall (C+)

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#1. Attala County

– Population: 18,437
– Median home value: $80,700 (72% own)
– Median rent: $510 (28% rent)
– Median household income: $33,767
– Top places to live: Kosciusko (B-), Ethel (B-), Sallis (B-)