Guide to Hattiesburg
Nicknamed the Hub City, Greater Hattiesburg is home to a vibrant culture, diverse economy, high quality of life and a world of opportunity. Covering a tri-county area in South Mississippi, the Hattiesburg MSA encompasses Forrest, Lamar and Perry Counties, with a population of nearly 150,000. Greater Hattiesburg is centrally located between Jackson, MS, Gulfport/Biloxi, MS, New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL, offering a mix of big city advantages with small town charm.
New Orleans is only an hour and twenty minutes away, and the amazing beaches of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are only a one to 2 hour drive. Mississippi is known for its wonderful outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and boating. The Longleaf Trace, a paved rails-to-trails biking project which stretches 43 miles from Hattiesburg to Prentiss, awaits the casual or serious biker.
The University of Southern Mississippi is within short walking distance of the clinic and hospital, and offers Division 1 sports activities as well as a multitude of cultural and academic opportunities. Characterized by history and tradition, the Hattiesburg campus sits on 300 acres in the heart of the Pine Belt. More than 180 buildings dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment for students, employees and visitors.
William Carey University, also located in Hattiesburg, has a an Osteopathic School of Medicine that graduated the first class in 2014. Beginning in the fall of 2016, William Carey University is pleased to offer a doctorate physical therapy program.
Mississippi is home to some of the lowest property taxes in the nation. Residential property is taxed at 10% of assessed value, and seniors qualify for a homestead exemption on the first $75,000 of value. The statewide sales tax is 7%. Locally, food and beverage taxes add 2% and lodging taxes add 2% as well. Counties and cities may add up to 3% to the state rate, but prescription drugs and health care services are exempt. In 2011, Kiplinger ranked Mississippi as having the second lowest overall tax burden in the country.
Known as the “Hub City” because of its strategic location and large regional draw from outlying communities, Greater Hattiesburg has grown into a major retail, healthcare and education hub for South Mississippi. Offering a variety of housing options from homes in the registered historic districts to lake front neighborhoods, Hattiesburg has it all. Homes range from $50,000 to over $1 million and while the real estate market has remained steady, anyone seeking to buy a home can find one to fit almost any budget. The average sales price in 2011 in Greater Hattiesburg is $149,910.
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