LEARN WHY HATTIESBURG IS AMONG THE MOST LIVABLE SMALL CITIES IN THE US
Hattiesburg's population is around 52,000 but has a 5 county radius population of 250,000 people. Hattiesburg is a great small city because of its low cost of living, strong healthcare services as well as the amount of cultural and recreational opportunities offered. Hattiesburg was also chosen as one of the 100 best Retirement towns in America by "Where to Retire" magazine.
Excellent Health Care
Hattiesburg has been rated as one of the top Healthcare communities for cities under 100,000 people in the Rating guide to Life in America small cities.
Two hospitals with over 400 physicians and one hospital with a level two trauma center. Hattiesburg Clinic is the States largest multi-specialty clinic with over 200 physicians representing every type of medicine.
Camp Shelby is a Military installation nearby that is the largest National Guard training base east of the Mississippi River.
Camp Shelby, Mississippi, encompassing more than 134,820 acres, is the largest state-owned and operated field training site in the United States. Camp Shelby Training Site (CSTS), encompassing over 525 square kilometers, is located in portions of Perry and Forrest Counties, in south Mississippi. The training site was established during World War I and it has served almost continuously since then as a training site, not only for the Reserve Components of the Army, but also for the Active Components of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The training site consists of a mix of State, Department of Defense, and U.S. Forest Service lands in the DeSoto National Forest.
It is a training ground for the Abrams M1 Tank, Paladin Howitzers and home to the 3rd Brigade 87th Division Training Support. Camp Shelby serves as a training site for National Guardsmen and Reservists from throughout the country hosting as many as 100,000 personnel annually. It is located 12 miles south of Hattiesburg, Miss., on US highway 49 South.
Throughout the year, over 100,000 troops from all branches of the United States military train here. Numerous non-DOD and civilian agencies also conduct activities here.
Hattiesburg offers two colleges; the University of Southern Mississippi as well as William Carey University.
Southern Miss offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in five degree-granting colleges – Arts & Letters, Business, Education & Psychology, Health and Science & Technology. In all, Southern Miss offers more than 180 degree programs for both undergraduates and graduates.
Today, Southern Miss has a diverse student body of approximately 17,000 with students from all 50 states and 70 foreign countries. The university celebrates diversity in every sense of the word, using our rich melting pot of cultures and backgrounds to further enhance the educational experience that is Southern Miss.
Hattiesburg has 28 schools that include public and private options. The public schools include Hattiesburg city schools, and Forrest and Lamar county schools. There are two private schools that offer a k-12 education.
Hattiesburg Recreation whether being a spectator or participant offers a variety of activities such as College Football, basketball, baseball, and soccer fans year round.
The Longleaf Trace is Mississippi's first and only Rails-to-Trails project and south Mississippi's premier recreational attraction. The 10-foot wide asphalt trial winds approximately 37 miles between two points, Prentiss and Hattiesburg. The conversion of this historic railway into a recreation trail provides a beautiful setting for biking, walking, roller blading, and horseback riding. The beauty of the trail also makes it a perfect location for other activities such as outdoor photography, bird watching, and picnicking. For horseback riding enthusiasts, a 23-mile equestrian trial runs parallel to the paved trail between the historic communities of Carson and Epley. An environmental asset, the Longleaf Trace offers it users the perfect opportunity to enjoy warm southern hospitality and the unique towns of Sumrall, Prentiss, Bassfield, Carson and Hattiesburg.
Other walking and hiking trails are located throughout the area in city parks, Wesley Medical Center and Paul B. Johnson State Park.
Hattiesburg is fast becoming South Mississippi's golfing location of choice with over 12 public and private courses within a 30-mile radius. Travelers looking for a respite from cold northern weather enjoy the many year-round golfing opportunities in Hattiesburg.
Tennis a favorite sport of area citizens. Matches and tournaments are held year-round on over 50 public/private tennis courts around the Greater Hattiesburg Area.
Fishing, Boating, Camping, and Swimming
Paul B. Johnson State Park, 15 miles south of Hattiesburg, offers numerous facilities for camping, fishing, swimming, water skiing and other outdoor activities.
Fishing enthusiasts will find the Hattiesburg area bounding with opportunities for that trophy catch. Lake fishing is enjoyed at public and private lakes as well as in local ponds filled with bass, bream, which perch and catfish. Bait shops provide everything needed to get to the fishing hole The Pat Harrison Waterway District encompasses 10 water parks, all located within an easy drive of Hattiesburg. The Little Black Creek Water Park is the closest park to the Hattiesburg area, only 25 miles southwest in Lamar County. All offer cabins for rent, fishing, boating and camping activities. Other campgrounds are available around the area.
For the hunter, south Mississippi is a haven for white tail deer, turkey, squirrel, dove, rabbit and other small game. Hunting in the Desoto National Forest south of Hattiesburg is open to the public. There are many hunting clubs that hold leases for hunting rights to private land. These clubs are by membership only.
Hattiesburg is home to several national business branches that hold thousands of jobs across the Pine Belt. It currently hosts branches of Kohler Engines and BAE Systems Inc., as well as the Coca-Cola Bottling Co.. Companies such as Sunbeam (shared with Mr. Coffee and the Coleman Company) and Kimberly Clark used to manufacture in Hattiesburg.
Mississippi topography varies as much as its cuisine. Mississippi has the flat lands of the delta as well as the rolling hills in North Mississippi. The Ms Gulf coast boasts of miles of sandy beaches and great fishing spots.
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