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There's no escaping that northeast Mississippi is the heart of the South, nor would you want to. Mississippi's eclectic mix of culture and heritage provides it with a personality that is all its own, flavored with a generous dose of Southern hospitality. From the distinctive folksy blues to the sweet smell of magnolias that drifts across its restored antebellum homes to the giant oaks that shade the historic Natchez Trace, Mississippi is a sensual delight. But coupled with its leisurely and comfortable lifestyle is a dynamic and cosmopolitan energy that makes living in northeast Mississippi ideal.
Northeast Mississippi represents the growth and prosperity of 21st century Mississippi. These locales offer something for every interest and provide a truly desirable setting in which to raise a family. With a population of approximately 34,000, Tupelo is the largest city in North Mississippi Medical Center's service area. Tupelo has been selected as an All-America City three times over the last three decades, most recently in 1999. And it's no wonder with all it has to offer:
In addition to the cultural and recreational amenities offered in northeast Mississippi, the area provides an exceptional cost of living value. Housing is abundant, neighborhoods are close knit and family-friendly, and housing prices are moderate. Competitive utility and insurance rates are enhanced by the temperate climate and mild winters. As a result, northeast Mississippi has an overall cost of living that is below the national average. The area's educational system often exceeds national standards in terms of student performance, quality of teaching staff and student to teacher ratio. In addition, several community and four-year colleges located within northeast Mississippi, including the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the Mississippi University for Women, are about an hour from Tupelo.
There's no shortage of things to do close to home. Plenty of fun outings are available within a few hours or as day trips. Memphis, Birmingham and Nashville are easily reached from Tupelo. The Natchez Trace Parkway, which runs through Tupelo, angles 444 miles across Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. National Military Parks in Shiloh, Tenn., and Vicksburg are popular stops for Civil War history buffs.
Forests, lakes, rivers and offshore waters abound. Best of all, the mild climate permits year-round enjoyment of boating, bicycling, hiking, hunting and horseback riding. The excitement of deep-sea fishing draws anglers to the Gulf Coast, and more than 150 species of freshwater fish thrive in Mississippi's inland waterways. If you prefer the challenges of golf, two of the state's top courses are located within an hour's drive of Tupelo, Old Waverly in West Point and Kirkwood National Golf Club in Holly Springs. So whether your idea of recreation or adventure includes sports, the arts, history, the sciences or just some excellent dining, there are plenty of nearby options that make living in northeast Mississippi so enticing.