Quality of Life

From Meridian to the Gulf Coast, visitors can take advantage of beautiful parks, year-round festivals, exciting sporting events and live music performances to satisfy a broad spectrum of interests. There is something for everyone in Southeast Mississippi.

In downtown Meridian, the Mississippi State University Riley Center features a beautifully restored 1889 grand opera house theater. This stunning facility plays host to exciting art and entertainment events throughout the year. Further south, outdoor enthusiasts can take a relaxing ride on South Mississippi's premier biking, running, hiking and equestrian trail in Hattiesburg. This 41 mile rails-to-trails conversion project stretches from Hattiesburg to Prentiss, providing a peaceful retreat from a busy day with beautiful vistas.


The Gulf Coast is a major tourism destination. Baseball fans can catch an exciting game at the newly constructed MGM Park to watch South Mississippi's minor league baseball team, the Biloxi Shuckers. Casinos offer non-stop gaming action and nationally recognized entertainment. Visitors can also enjoy world-class golf courses and deep sea fishing excursions, water parks, children's museums and a variety of shopping venues.


Hear from our small business customers who chose Southeast Mississippi as their home and partnered with us for energy-saving programs, economic development incentives and more.


Hear Jim Spiers' story on what makes his printing business in Biloxi successful.


Watch Robert St. John share his journey as a restaurateur in midtown Hattiesburg.


Learn why Jean Gillan chose downtown Gulfport as the home for her small business.

Ocean Springs

See life inside the Walter Anderson Museum and listen to Julian Rankin's account of how downtown Ocean Springs is evolving.

Additional features of living and working in Southeast Mississippi include:

  • Cost of living 10 percent lower than national average
  • State-of-the-art medical technology
  • Over 300 annual festivals
  • Average temperature of 65 degrees
  • Over 35 national and state parks
  • Museums around every corner – celebrating everything from natural science to the blues
  • Over one million acres of hunting land and abundant freshwater and saltwater fishing


For additional information, please visit the Visit Mississippi website and the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast website.