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If you're as old as Mississippi's name is long, you're probably about ready to retire.
And there's no better time than now to start thinking about where you're going to spend your retirement years. Well, HomeSnacks is here to help you out. We think The Magnolia State is pretty great. So great that we created a list of the best places to retire in Mississippi for 2021. We know you're all dying to know where these places are located, but first, we need to tell you how we identified the best of the best. We looked at the FBI and Census data for 21 cities with 10,000 residents. To narrow down our list even further, we looked at important factors like crime, affordability, rent, and how close a place is to an international airport.
And this is what our research uncovered. One, if you're looking to rent, you're in luck: Mississippi's rent is currently below the national average. Two, Mississippi does not tax retirement income and the state's property tax is the lowest in the country; thus, leaving you with more money for the fun things that the Hospitality State has to offer. Like, extra funds to spend on a beach vacation to Gulfport and/or a little leftover cash to take your honey out to a nice fried alligator dinner at Snappers in Biloxi.
But, whatever you do, don't do it until you take a look below at Mississippi's top ten best places to retire.
Now it's not lost on us that many of Mississippi's best places to retire are also some of the best places in the state to raise a family. This is usually how it works. Whether it's for your kids or favorite retiree, safety seems to be the number one concern across the board.
So, what is Mississippi's best place to retire? That would be Brandon according to the latest reports.
To see a list of the rest of Mississippi's best places to spend your golden years, take a look below. And if you don't find what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Mississippi For 2021
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Magnolia State for 2021
To create our list of the best places in Mississippi to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Magnolia State -- 362 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 21 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 21, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Brandon, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Mississippi Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Mississippi goes to Brandon.
If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
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