Life in Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg is located in southern Mississippi, less than 65 miles from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 100 miles from Mobile and New Orleans, and 90 miles from the capital of Jackson, giving it the title of the region’s “Hub City.” With a population of approximately 50,000 and a combined metropolitan population of over 100,000, Hattiesburg is the fourth largest city in the state and serves as the educational, retail, and medical center for more than a quarter of a million people in the southeast Mississippi region. 

Historic downtown Hattiesburg is undergoing a revitalization that includes homes from the antebellum and Victorian era, a restored Saenger Theater for performances and Hattiesburg Cultural Center with an art gallery and historic museum.  Hattiesburg offers a unique blend of a high standard of living, affordable housing, and a low cost of living. In fact, Hattiesburg was recently recognized by Kiplinger as one of the nation's top college towns. The mild winters, pleasant summers and falls, pine forests, and abundant parks, make Hattiesburg ideal for year-round outdoor recreational activities. The Longleaf Trace rails-to-trails project is ideal for walking, running, cycling, and roller blading, and many local rivers offer canoeing trips.


Students tailgating before a Southern Miss football game