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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.

Downtown Biloxi

Downtown Hattiesburg

Downtown Gulfport

Downtown Ocean Springs

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.