Hattiesburg, Miss. – A renowned personal finance magazine has rated Hattiesburg as one of the nation’s top college towns for its livability, due in part to the many benefits associated with The University of Southern Mississippi.
In the May edition of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Hattiesburg was rated among the magazines “Top Ten Towns For Grownups” as part of an article titled “Attractions of a College Town,” focusing on the interests of persons 40 and older. According to the article, college towns are attractive because of the energy that their colleges and universities infuse into the community through “culture, creativity and a love of learning.”
The Kiplinger piece touted Southern Miss’ art and culture attractions, including its symphony orchestra and its ability to attract world-class performers such as Placido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, among others.
“Hattiesburg is a great place to live, regardless of one’s age, and The University of Southern Mississippi is a big part of that reality,” said Bob Pierce, director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. “Southern Miss alumni are moving back to Hattiesburg all the time to be near the institution they love, and other adults obviously see the advantages the city has to offer and are moving here to enjoy the benefits of living in such a great college city.”
The article also cited the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides educational, recreational and entertainment opportunities for mature adults age 50 and older. Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute receive the same advantages as students at the university, including membership in the USM Federal Credit Union, access to health services, library cards and discounts for arts events.
Sue Pace, director and liaison for the Osher Institute, said many senior adults looking for a place to retire often are lured to Hattiesburg because of the benefits of the institute. She said that many of its members can be found attending Southern Miss cultural, educational and athletic events.
“With all things being equal as far as comparing Hattiesburg and other cities that retirees look at for a place to live, the one deciding factor for many of them was the Osher Institute,” she said. “They are interested in keeping their minds active during retirement, and we are all about keeping our members mentally and socially active.”
To view the article online, visit http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/2007/05/collegetowns.html?kipad_id=43. To learn more about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute online, visit http://www.usm.edu/ncpc/olli.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu .