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Things you should know before moving to Mississippi

Managing Real Estate Broker with Taylor Realty Group 23302

Thinking of moving to Mississippi?  I am going to try to help you decide whether or not moving to Mississippi is a good idea for you??Specifically, I’ve got the top 5 things you need to know before you move to MS, that you might not have thought of before today!  We’ve helped many people just like you call the Magnolia State home, and we even asked a few of them this week as I was culminating this video idea if they had some things to share!  So, I’ll take a few of their ideas, as well as a few of my own.  As a native Mississippian that’s lived here for most of my life, there are definitely lots of things I took for granted when my husband and I were first married and looking for a new place to call home…when in 2011 we moved to Denver, Colorado.  


And that brings me to the first thing on my list….Church on Sunday.  So, as you probably know, Mississippi is in the bible belt.  And on Sunday, most people go to church, as a matter of fact, A lot of restaurants and stores are closed here on Sunday.  It’s not completely shut down, I mean, you can go grocery shopping and the major retailers are open, but lots of smaller boutiques and restaurants are closed.  And people just respect your time for church….I’ll never forget my first summer in Denver, and the schedule for the tennis team that I had just joined schedule for the season was posted and I realized that every single match was schedule for Sunday morning, I was appalled.  But, I was the only person on the team appalled by this…it never occurred to anyone else that Sunday morning is for church….I think that’s the moment I knew that when and if we ever had children, we were moving back to the south…which we did of course 3 years later…but that’s another story for another day.


#2 on my list that you need to know is about our weather.  Yes, it’s hot and yes, it’s humid.  We do get a lot of rain here…it’s not gloomy like you’d think of the Pacific Northwest, but we do get a good bit of rain, according to google, our average rain fall in Central MS is 54 inches per year….where the US average is only 38 inches.  But, that rain is another thing I took for granted when I moved away.  I never realized how much cleaner everything is when it has the chance to get rinsed off regularly….like take the sidewalks for example.  I noticed when walking to work while living in Denver, the sidewalks always seemed dusty…it’s because it almost never rains there.  It also is the reason for all of our greenery here, that stays green most of the year with ease because our plants and trees thrive with all the rain. We almost never get snow here…so, if you’re moving here from a cold climate, you can get rid of those heavy coats….you won’t need them.  Get rid of all your snow removal equipment while you’re at it.  We only get about 2 inches every few years and the city will shut down for the day so everyone can enjoy the snow!  It will melt away the next day and it’s back to work and school!  We do have all 4 seasons here, but winter is definitely the shortest…typically only for a few weeks in January to February.  So, if you hate the cold weather, you will love that aspect of Mississippi.


#3 on my list is our culture.  It’s true that people in south are friendly, but especially here in Mississippi, in fact, did you know we are known as the Hospitality State?  The people here are known to be the friendliest in our country, so don’t be freaked out when you see a total stranger say hello or wave at you, like they don’t want anything from you, it’s just what we do here.  And we say y’all a lot, it might sound strange at first, but it’s the first word people that are new here pick up, it’s fun to say!  But Mississippians love some football, especially college football.  Be careful when speaking casually about football, you’re likely to see the non-hospitable side of a native Mississippian flare up!  Most Mississippian are VERY VERY loyal to one of our universities here, so just a heads up on that!  But, like anywhere I’m sure you can find mean people here too…If you are looking for a conservative state to move to where you can make some friends, you can definitely find some here!


4th thing you might want to know about living here, is the cost!!  Mississippi housing is much less expensive than just about anywhere else in the nation and a lot of buyers we work with are surprised to see the quality of construction here….not just the price.  The average home in Madison, MS which is the more affluent suburb of Jackson is currently $420,000 which will get you around 2,500 sq feet newer brick home with 4 bed, 3 baths on a half-acre lot…in a nice neighborhood with A+ rated public schools. Once again, another thing you need to know is that it’s hard to find rentals in Madison and that’s because 95% of our residents in our town of 28,000 people own their home.  There are no apartment complexes and will likely never be.  Or, you can take a look at Brandon, MS which is another city in Central MS where you can get even more bang for your buck where the average home price is currently $320,000 and still A rated public schools and lots of shopping and dining options, in case you missed it, check out our video all about Brandon where we take a deep dive into living there.


So, the #1 thing and I think probably the most important thing you should know before moving here is that we have a slower pace of life compared to probably almost every other state!  So, if you’re looking for a place that has lots of traffic and hustle/bustle, Mississippi is probably not a good fit for you.  Our entire state only has 2.5 million people spread out of a fairly large mass of land, makes us a rural state.  In fact, if you wanted to find a place to live on 20 or more acres outside and away from the city where you can live cheaply, we can make that happen too.  We don’t have any professional sports teams, we don’t have the population for that.  We don’t have a lot of night life, don’t have the population for that either.  So, if you’re looking for a place to slow down and enjoy the outdoors, our many lakes like, golf courses and trails, then you will love living here.   


Whether you’re thinking of moving here next week or in a year from now, please reach out and let’s connect!  You can find our contact info below. Or, if you just want to browse active listings in our MLS, check out our website at www.taylorgroupms.com that has all the local MLS listings and it’s updated every 10 minutes.


Comments (29)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Donna, great post to give potential Mississippi residents a good idea of what to expect.   Definitely a difference in weather from Denver to Mississippi!  Welcome to ActiveRain.

Feb 18, 2024 06:52 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Donna, you're giving me some flashbacks!  I spent most of my youth living in the South, only missing Mississippi and Georgia as lived in states if you started at Maryland and followed the coast around to Texas.  Mostly in Louisiana, driving through MS many times on the way to Alabama to visit my grandmother, where church (Southern Baptist) on Sunday was sitting on a hard wooden pew, no AC and waving the little paper fans on a popsicle stick :)   Bill

Feb 18, 2024 07:12 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wow this is a great Localism Post for Mississippi ! I watch Hometown on HGTV which features Laurel 

Feb 18, 2024 07:21 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Donna and Welcome to the Rain where we all learn from each other and help each other.  Great first post and will be looking for more from you.

Feb 18, 2024 07:23 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Donna Taylor ,

Welcome to Active Rain! I liked reading your post about moving to Mississippi. I lived in Meridian Mississippi when my ex-husband was in Jet Officer training and then we went back to Pensacola FL. I think their are many now looking for a much quieter pace of life and would love moving to your state.

Feb 18, 2024 07:29 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

What a beautifully written first post! I feel like I know everything there is to know about living in Mississippi. Welcome to our ActiveRain community.

Feb 18, 2024 08:18 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Welcome and well done.  We did our research before moving to AZ.

Feb 18, 2024 10:56 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a follower. I would love the follow back. Also, then we both get 50 points. Bill

Feb 18, 2024 11:29 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Donna:

Welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on sharing your first post, with hopefully many more to follow. I look forward to learning even more about your community, your services, and you!

Please feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions about blogging and the AR community!


Feb 18, 2024 12:47 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

HI Donna! Welcome to ActiveRain! Love that you jumped right in and wrote an exceptional post - congratulations! Thanks to Kathy Streib for featuring your first post in her weekly post. We are here to support you and let us know what you need. 

I look forward to seeing you in the Rain!

Feb 18, 2024 01:03 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Donna Taylor,  I do not know any agents there, but now I do 

Feb 18, 2024 04:01 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This was a fun and informative read! In some ways Mississippi and Montana have a lot of similarities although the weather isn't one of them! Welcome to ActiveRain!

Feb 19, 2024 04:46 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Welcome to ActiveRain Donna Taylor What a colorful list of things to consider before moving to your beloved State of Mississippi. I especially like your reference to football teams! 😎

How did you hear about us?  

I suggest you follow each and every member who comments on your blog posts.  You may also wish to join Groups:  YouTube Thursdays, Active Rain Contests and many more.  We learn so much from one another.

To help you complete your profile page, suggest following Craig Daniels He posts golden nuggets about blog signatures, uploading videos and so much more. 

You are also being double featured for your first blog post in the Rain:

Featured Newbie  Hope to see tomorrow on our weekly Zoom call at 2pm eastern.  Q/A Kathleen Daniels and Sunday blog @George Souto for login


Feb 19, 2024 09:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for following my blog. Your comments are always welcome.

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Feb 19, 2024 10:01 AM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

#3 on your list is talking about the hospitality you'll find where you live. If you like hospitality, I think you may have already seen that you've found the right site for it! Look at all the welcoming comments to a new blogger! I'm happy to see that! I see from your banner graphic you are into YouTube videos so I hopped right over and checked out your channel. Well done! In fact, I can include your channel in my post for this upcoming week! I do a YouTube Thursdays post every week and we are looking for good inspiration from others that have already trailblazed. Here's my first tip for you on this site. Spend about an hour to create a "blog signature". This is a block of text that automatically follows every one of your posts. It is a way to quickly introduce yourself and include ways to contact you and how to find your website and youtube channel easily. You can see this post for a longer description of what I mean. welcome!

Feb 19, 2024 11:20 AM
Donna Taylor

Thanks Craig!  I'll work on my signature!

Feb 19, 2024 01:16 PM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Donna ~ Welcome into the 'Rain and congratulations on a great first blog post!  Be sure to keep them coming and stay engaged with the community.

Feb 20, 2024 07:42 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

One of these days, when retirement beckons, Missississo may be on the list of retirement options.

Feb 22, 2024 03:48 PM
Donna Taylor

MS should definitely be on your short list!

Feb 23, 2024 05:26 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Donna Taylor 

Welcome to Active Rain, I've never stopped in Mississippi just passed through. Your post has given me a good thumbnail overview of the Magnolia State

Feb 23, 2024 02:24 AM
Donna Taylor

give us a visit next time you're near!

Feb 23, 2024 05:25 AM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

Welcome to ActiveRain! Your blog is captivating, and I've become your newest follower. I'd be delighted if you reciprocate the follow; it's a win-win, earning us both 50 points. Excited to engage further. Best regards, Dennis Neal, RE/MAX, Big Bear.

Feb 26, 2024 09:22 AM
Donna Taylor

Done, thanks Dennis!!

Feb 26, 2024 09:23 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Donna Taylor welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Apr 02, 2024 01:03 PM