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A varied little flood zone. - 3/11/2013
Hattiesburg experiences virtually all of the extremes in weather.
The summers are hot and humid.
Fall is still pretty nasty, except for the latter part of September. The weather is absolutely perfect. It's simply impossible to complain either way, but that only lasts for a week or two.
Winters--while not comparable to say, Buffalo, NY--are still frigid. We sometimes get snow and ice; I dislike the cold, so maybe that's just my bias showing.
Spring can get uncomfortably warm, and unbearable for people with allergies. On windy days, you will definitely see pollen swirling madly about.
I've lived here for a few years and I have experienced snow and ice; hurricanes; lightning storms; insane torrential downpours; flooding; and of course, tornadoes.
If humidity and pollen aren't deal breakers, I'd advise that you be mindful of the fact that virtually all of Hattiesburg is a flood zone. There are tons of low-lying areas that readily accept falling water.
Please don't think I'm exaggerating, but it could rain moderately for only 5 or 10 minutes, and it would flood many of our streets. They would certainly still be passable, but it wouldn't be an easy task.[more...]
Larger MS Town - Smaller Minds - 10/5/2012
I grew up in Hattiesburg but have lived in many US & Int'l cities. There is an oddity about Hattiesburg. Many of the average citizens behave cliquishly, live beyond their means and spend most of their life & efforts trying to scale a social ladder that leads nowhere. I have found their intelletual level, common-sense, logic/rational, world-awareness and ethical behavior to be far below par.
This is not a good spot to try to open a small/medium business with new concepts unless you have many years capital to sustain the business while you try to educate and urge the sheep-like consumer that it is okay to try something new.
It has been said, "You are entering Hattiesburg...Set your watches back 20 years."
I'm not sour...I just really know this town & it's people. Save yourself the greif - Choose another location to visit or live. [more...]
Culture, what culture? - 1/10/2011
Well, I hate to bash, so I will try not to...
I've lived in several different places in my 30 years including overseas, and this is my least favorite (My family moved here in 1993). My husband and I are, at the moment, getting ready to relocate to Texas.
There are two good universities here, none of which I went to (I attended college out of state). My sister attended USM, and was ecstatic to be done with that particular institution. I have only heard positive things about William Carey, although it does not have as many programs to offer as USM. Even having two universities and a community college located in city limits has not made this town a true "university town". I understand that several years ago it was voted one of the best towns to retire in, and that sounds more accurate to me. Rent is high and so are housing prices despite the economy.
I do not live IN Hattiesburg, but 10 miles outside (Sumrall). We do most of our shopping and what-not in Hattiesburg. There are several little towns around Hattiesburg. It is referred to as the Hub City because it is just that. Hattiesburg is right in between Jackson and Gulfport (about and 1.5-2 hour drive to either city depending on how you drive.
The medical facilities are great here...there are two hospitals (I prefer Forrest General). There seems to be a clinic on every corner...just like the churches. There are several large churches in the area and even more smaller ones. I think you can find just about any religion here.
My main complaint - and the reason my husband and I want to move our family away from here - is the culture...there is none. There's not really anything to do besides shop or eat at a chain restaurant (or one of our MANY asian restaurants), or sit around and talk about each other. There is a small zoo, which is much nicer than it used to be, but really not comparable to the Audubon at all (it is not an AZA zoo). That's about it. Downtown Hattiesburg is trying to revive itself, but seems to be taking quite a long time to do that.
I would not consider this town to be "family oriented"... or maybe just not enough for me.
We have state income tax, federal, and all of the other wonderful deductions...land taxes are pretty good in rural areas, but in Forrest County and the more developed parts of Lamar County (the two that make up Hattiesburg) the land taxes are very high - higher in forrest than lamar. And if that isn't enough, check out the license plates...$350 for a 2011 Nissan sentra (Lamar County). But wait, it gets better...that price might go down to $300 the following year. I have a 2008 NIssan quest and just paid $315 (in Lamar County). I don't even want to know what it would cost in Forrest. We are the poorest state (or one of the poorest), but I think we are one of the most ignorant as well...we let our government take everything that we work for...and our schools are still rated at the bottom of the pole.
So, if you are considering moving to the Hattiesburg area, you might want to do some research ON EVERY LITTLE COST before you do.
If you want the small town feel and don't mind the gossip that comes with the true small towns that surround Hattiesburg and bleed into it, then you will probably be fine. It is in a good spot to visit the mountains in about 10 hours or the beach (a good one) in about 3. Other than that...shop till you drop...have fun! I'm out.[more...]
A great place to live - 6/24/2009
Hattiesburg has two universities, the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University which has a new medical school. There are numerous community colleges.
The drive to New Orleans is 1 1/2 hours, Gulf Coast 1 hour, Gulf Shores, Alabama 2 1/2 hours and Destin, Florida 3 hours.
Hattiesburg and the surrounding area have great law enforcement and fire departments with low crime rates.
Hattiesburg local government is multi-cultural, efficient and cooperative. Mayor Johnny Dupree has been re-elected and has done an outstanding job.
It is hot here from June to October but there rest of the year is fabulous.[more...]
Great Place to live - 5/8/2009
Hattiesburg is the perfect small town! We have great healthcare, and the University of Southern Mississippi. It's about an hour and a half away from New Orleans, Molbile, Gulfport, and Jackson. Plus- most people are literate now![more...]
Hot and Humid - 6/4/2007
If you like the heat and don't care about how the humidity will frizz your hair from May through October, this is the place for you. The four seasons don't exist here. Inland enough that the hurricanes don't affect you much, aside from Katrina which hopefully won't happen again for another 30 years. Close to the water, bring your boat.[more...]
manager - 5/23/2007
I have been doing research on child care facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I have discovered that there are no facilities that have extended hours. All the facilities close between the hours of 5:30PM -6:30PM. Is there not a need for an extended hour facility in the Hattiesburg area? Are there any information on child care facilities in the Hattiesburg area?[more...]
Went to college there..loved it - 6/27/2006
From Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, etc...went to college here at Southern Miss....I live in Colorado now and actually missed it. It is a small town that is family orientated, with good local restaurants. There is an bar scene with a little something for every type. It definitely has personality. But, you have to stay awhile to appreciate it. Hattiesburg is even revitalizing their downtown and I went one of the newer restaurants. The food was great, priced well. Here in Denver, they would have charged ten times as much and called it "Fusion Cuisine". Anywho, it was nice living there.[more...]
Hattiesburg - 6/4/2006
Not much to do here especially with the coast devasted after Katrina...[more...]