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A+ Hattiesburg Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Hattiesburg Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Mississippi
Hattiesburg
8020% less expensive than the US average
Mississippi
8218% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Hattiesburg cost of living
D Hattiesburg Crime Total crime is 58% higher than Mississippi
Total crime
4,76173% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2273% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-28%Year over year crime is down
Hattiesburg crime
F Hattiesburg Employment Household income is 24% lower than Mississippi
Median household income
$30,74844% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,13436% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
9%92% higher than the US average
Hattiesburg employment
F Hattiesburg Housing Home value is 4% higher than Mississippi
Median home value
$109,50041% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$73223% lower than the US average
Home ownership
38%40% lower than the US average
Hattiesburg real estate or Hattiesburg rentals
F Hattiesburg Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Mississippi
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
28%42% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Hattiesburg K-12 schools or Hattiesburg colleges

Living in Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg, Mississippi is a moderately-sized city with a population of 46,846 inhabitants. Individuals of White (43%) and Black or African American (53%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. Hattiesburg tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 29 is far below the national average. In Hattiesburg, only 47% of people over the age of fifteen are married. This city could be a good option for singles ready to mingle.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. To help you find the best places to live in and around Hattiesburg, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, weather, employment and more.

Hattiesburg has a livability score of 63 out of 100 and is ranked #233 in Mississippi and #20,687 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Hattiesburg ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (A-) and weather (B). Hattiesburg does not rank well for the following: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Hattiesburg has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Hattiesburg Zoo, Gatti Town Pizza Buffet & Games, and Paul B. Johnson State Park.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Hattiesburg is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Hattiesburg come in at $109,500, which is 3.6% higher than the Mississippi average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Hattiesburg, the home price to income ratio is 3.6, which is 38.5% higher than the Mississippi average. Real estate appreciation rates in Hattiesburg are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Hattiesburg homes comes in at 3.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 2.3%.

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Living in Hattiesburg, MS for 10 years has been a journey. There are some neighborhoods where I don't like to go, but if I visit the downtown area, I feel like I've stepped back in time. There are older houses, and the shops along the streets are quaint. Many of the shops are owned by people who sell their handmade crafts instead of bringing in items from larger supply chains.

When I first moved to the city from Utah, I noticed that there are several attractions that were outdoors, and there are numerous activities to do that are based on the history of the area. The Armed Forces Museum is a place to visit if you enjoy learning about the various departments in the military. There are memorials set up in the museum for those who have lost their lives while in the military as well as a history of how the departments began.

The Hattiesburg Zoo is another attraction where I like to go if I want to get out of the house. It's rather small compared to some zoos I have visited, but there are some adorable animals that you can see up close. You can also see some of the animals fed by the staff if you get there at the right time. Some of the attractions I have seen deal with African American history. There is an art gallery that features pieces done by African Americans who have lived in the area. Many of the restaurants serve foods that have a southern feel. It's very common to go to a restaurant and order a plate of fried chicken with a side of macaroni and cheese or even collard greens.
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Source: The Hattiesburg, MS data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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