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best place in mississippi to raise family - 7/29/2009
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cameron
Madison, MS

Madison is the best place in Mississippi to raise a family. The cost of living is low, public schools are the BEST in the state, people are very friendly. Housing is very affordable compared to other cities like Madison in the country.

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Ken
Madison, MS

City Planning - 4/27/2014

Forget everything you've heard about Mississippi. In 30 years, Madison and Ridgeland, sister cities, have grown from being whistle stop railroad communities into two of the nicest places you could find to raise a family. Carefully planned, Madison offers excellent public and private education opportunities, beautiful housing and commercial developments, and ample recreational opportunities. Situated on the Natchez Trace Parkway, Ridgeland is known for water activities at the Ross Barnett Resevoir and a network of bike trails that take advantage of the natural beauty of both the Trace and the "Rez". Median family incomes in the Madison area much higher than any other area of the state. Expect a very high quality of life in town that you can be very proud to call home.

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Eric
Madison, MS

Beautiful city-Madison Mississippi - 1/29/2014

Madison is a beautiful city. I have been leaving here for 1year. Love it!! It's safe and has best school system in Mississippi.

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Alfred
Madison, MS

Nice Area to Raise a Family - 12/4/2013

The Madison County area just north of Jackson is a growning community with excellent school systems both public and private. This provides oppportunity to select the education opportunity that will best fit your family's needs. Housing construction continues at a fast pace as more people are moving into the area.

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Emily
Madison, MS

HA!!HA!! - 9/3/2013

When you ever read good things about Madison, you can bet your money the Queen Mayor Mary, the dictator, has paid them whether it be by comment or word no one is sure, but these people around here and the snootiest people I have ever seen in my entire life and for the most part you just aren't good enough to live here....No One is or could be everyone thinks they are too good to live here. The schools are trying to get rid of all the kids that do not make good grades for the fact they used to be way at the top of the list, but with the inadequate teaching staff they have fallen to below average. This is most definitely not a place to raise children due to the police here...There are several law suits with the police station for there on going abuse and harassment of teenagers. But on a good note, we have finally sold our house in Madison. There have never been this many houses up for sale in this city, not even through the mortgage crisis, but since our Queen some how won the election for her 9th term, which I am sure the votes were miscounted as everyone does the homes have sign going up and an alarming rate and everyone is moving to the county. Our mayor lost the outlet mall to Pearl, because she wanted higher end stores here so we got Wal-Mart and now the Sam's Club is coming...Is it me or does our Queen not know what higher end stores are? The homes are lovely here and to see the shopping chooses there are DO NOT match!! Oh yea and by the way..be sure to pull up your taxes if you live there, I am paying for add ons that did occur as most everyone in my old neighborhood is doing along with many neighborhoods. Soo wonder who is responsible for you paying for things you don't have! Good Bye Madison Mississippi!! Hope you all have a very Merry Peacock Christmas!!

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BitsiBeck

No place for illiterate trash - 5/6/2013

I know this may come as absolutely SHOCKING news, but Madison is not for everybody. For as long as I can remember, I've worked like crazy to master skills, make good grades, and be the most I could be. I've saved and invested since before I was old enough to drive. And I worked hard, exercising and dieting, to look good enough to marry someone worth having. It worked, and I caught a big, gorgeous guy from a good family, whose goals and accomplishments mirrored mine. What I wrote about myself could describe my parents, my grandparents, and most people we know in Madison. It took generations of application, thrift, and prudence, to get me to where I am today. That could be said of most people in Madison. It is a town of and FOR high-achievers. Most of us work three thousand hour years, and worked very hard to attain advanced degrees and coveted certifications. It is a city of busy people who work long hours, then work hard at rearing our children, decorating our homes, and maintaining the grounds around our homes. There is very little time for anything else. Ours is a work culture. We like to be busy. We derive our self-worth from our accomplishments. There are plenty of communities nearby, for those who just like to kick back with 'a cold one' and watch cable TV. We moved to Madison because of the current Mayor (I pray that tomorrow, following the Primary, she will STILL be Mayor...). She has created a town where people like us can feel that we are not missing out on life by staying in Mississippi. She created an alternative to moving out of Mississippi. With our professional standing and net worth, we could now move anywhere in America. But because of Mary's Miracle, we have been able to remain in our home state. Because of the quality community that is Madison, we have passed on opportunities which offered to take us to more affluent states and regions. However, I truly can say that our lifestyle is as good in Madison as it would be in any of the other "Best Places" in America. Once you factor in convenience and Cost of Living, Madison ranks among the Best of the Best. Criticisms of the town are generally by those who would be more comfortable in a nearby community. If you can't drive with a reasonable level of competence, or if your car makes a lot of noise, then you will probably be pulled over. If drug fumes are coming from your car, then the predictable will happen. And if your taste in exterior decor is uncouth, then measures will be applied to bring it into compliance with accepted norms. If you live in an illegal flophouse full of criminals, and stick tacky blinking lights on top of that house, then something will probably be done about you and your house. If your Pitt Bull attacks a policeman, then you can expect to have the thing shot dead. All of this sounds pretty GOOD to me. If you want to put in a business (or build a building) which lowers the prestige of the town, and which lowers property values within the town (thereby devaluing the portion of my life and net worth which I have invested in Madison...basically, STEALING from me), then our excellent City Government will stop you. I like investments which grow in value. Madison grows in value, because its 'branding' is carefully managed by our elected officials and their 'assigns'. But if what I've described sounds oppressive, and/or if you think 'Clique' is pronounced "Click" (hint: it rhymes with 'Clinique'), then maybe you need to discover your Inner Flowood. Jackson and Ridgeland are only minutes away, and Rankin County is only a short hop distant, across the sparkling waters of 'The Reservoir'. Please! If Madison is too snooty for you, then don't move here! And if you're unhappy here, then please remove yourself to a more appropriate place! TTFN! Oh, and I've spotted plenty of new buildings in town which are NOT made of brick. Was at Corner Bakery for lunch, in fact. It's an Apricot-colored stucco. But again: if brick offends thee, then there are nearby communities which seem to feature a lovely array of aluminum siding, vinyl siding, and concrete block. I'm sure you'd be welcome.

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Katie
Madison, MS

Best place to live...... What a joke! - 4/17/2013

I moved here with my family 11 years ago from Nashville TN. I wish I could say it got easier living here after time but Unfortuantly it hasn't. As a teenager living here school was hell for me. I had a bunch of football players pull my dress up in front of practically the whole school during first bell. Not once but twice. The second time my books fell all over the floor and I fell against the wall crying. I called my parents who came in personally to talk to Coach Cofield who is the assistant principle at Madison Middle. He felt that just because one of them said they were sorry nothing should be done to them. After my parents fought for some sort of justice they decided to paddle only one of the players twice. This football player went around bragging about only getting two licks for what he had done to me. My parents then tried contacting the supervisor over the school board who would not return any call. The school system is a joke. This is only one incident that happen but many more. I always felt out of place. The friends I had were not from Madison either. I think that's why we all got along. Now as a mother, my husband and I are terrified of our little girl being raised in the Madison county school system. So much that we are thinking of putting her in a expensive private school with the hope that the things that I endured will not happen to her. People are snooty and clickish here. Its hard to fit in. As much as I wish to leave this place all my family is here and we have roots here now. I dream of hitting the lottery and moving us all outta here. My husband and I are home owners. The covenants are a joke. You have to ask permission to repaint your shutters the same color. It's a joke. My parents made beautiful changes to their home that only improved the neighborhood but they only received grief from the home owners association. The homeowners association is nothing but a bunch of control freaks. Who knows what they spend our dues on??? They won't send out statements. The cops are bullies. Schools suck. The area is super expensive. Snobby people. So with all that being said don't move here unless you have to! If I could say one good thing about Madison "The City" there is not a lot of crime. Not unless they cover it up which is a definite possibility.

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Katie
Madison, MS

BEST PLACE TO LIVE ...... What a joke! - 4/17/2013

I moved here with my family 11 years ago from Nashville TN. I wish I could say it got easier living here after time but Unfortuantly it hasn't. As a teenager living here school was hell for me. I had a bunch of football players pull my dress up in front of practically the whole school during first bell. Not once but twice. The second time my books fell all over the floor and I fell against the wall crying. I called my parents who came in personally to talk to Coach Cofield who is the assistant principle at Madison Middle. He felt that just because one of them said they were sorry nothing should be done to them. After my parents fought for some sort of justice they decided to paddle only one of the players twice. This football player went around bragging about only getting two licks for what he had done to me. My parents then tried contacting the supervisor over the school board who would not return any call. The school system is a joke. This is only one incident that happen but many more. I always felt out of place. The friends I had were not from Madison either. I think that's why we all got along. Now as a mother, my husband and I are terrified of our little girl being raised in the Madison county school system. So much that we are thinking of putting her in a expensive private school with the hope that the things that I endured will not happen to her. People are snooty and clickish here. Its hard to fit in. As much as I wish to leave this place all my family is here and we have roots here now. I dream of hitting the lottery and moving us all outta here. My husband and I are home owners. The covenants are a joke. You have to ask permission to repaint your shutters the same color. It's a joke. My parents made beautiful changes to their home that only improved the neighborhood but they only received grief from the home owners association. The homeowners association is nothing but a bunch of control freaks. Who knows what they spend our dues on??? They won't send out statements. The cops are bullies. Schools suck. The area is super expensive. Snobby people. So with all that being said don't move here unless you have to! If I could say one good thing about Madison "The City" there is not a lot of crime. Not unless they cover it up which is a definite possibility.

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Katie
Madison, MS

BEST PLACE TO LIVE ...... What a joke! - 4/17/2013

I moved here with my family 11 years ago from Nashville TN. I wish I could say it got easier living here after time but Unfortuantly it hasn't. As a teenager living here school was hell for me. I had a bunch of football players pull my dress up in front of practically the whole school during first bell. Not once but twice. The second time my books fell all over the floor and I fell against the wall crying. I called my parents who came in personally to talk to Coach Cofield who is the assistant principle at Madison Middle. He felt that just because one of them said they were sorry nothing should be done to them. After my parents fought for some sort of justice they decided to paddle only one of the players twice. This football player went around bragging about only getting two licks for what he had done to me. My parents then tried contacting the supervisor over the school board who would not return any call. The school system is a joke. This is only one incident that happen but many more. I always felt out of place. The friends I had were not from Madison either. I think that's why we all got along. Now as a mother, my husband and I are terrified of our little girl being raised in the Madison county school system. So much that we are thinking of putting her in a expensive private school with the hope that the things that I endured will not happen to her. People are snooty and clickish here. Its hard to fit in. As much as I wish to leave this place all my family is here and we have roots here now. I dream of hitting the lottery and moving us all outta here. My husband and I are home owners. The covenants are a joke. You have to ask permission to repaint your shutters the same color. It's a joke. My parents made beautiful changes to their home that only improved the neighborhood but they only received grief from the home owners association. The homeowners association is nothing but a bunch of control freaks. Who knows what they spend our dues on??? They won't send out statements. The cops are bullies. Schools suck. The area is super expensive. Snobby people. So with all that being said don't move here unless you have to! If I could say one good thing about Madison "The City" there is not a lot of crime. Not unless they cover it up which is a definite possibility.

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Katie
Madison, MS

BEST PLACE TO LIVE ...... What a joke! - 4/17/2013

I moved here with my family 11 years ago from Nashville TN. I wish I could say it got easier living here after time but Unfortuantly it hasn't. As a teenager living here school was hell for me. I had a bunch of football players pull my dress up in front of practically the whole school during first bell. Not once but twice. The second time my books fell all over the floor and I fell against the wall crying. I called my parents who came in personally to talk to Coach Cofield who is the assistant principle at Madison Middle. He felt that just because one of them said they were sorry nothing should be done to them. After my parents fought for some sort of justice they decided to paddle only one of the players twice. This football player went around bragging about only getting two licks for what he had done to me. My parents then tried contacting the supervisor over the school board who would not return any call. The school system is a joke. This is only one incident that happen but many more. I always felt out of place. The friends I had were not from Madison either. I think that's why we all got along. Now as a mother, my husband and I are terrified of our little girl being raised in the Madison county school system. So much that we are thinking of putting her in a expensive private school with the hope that the things that I endured will not happen to her. People are snooty and clickish here. Its hard to fit in. As much as I wish to leave this place all my family is here and we have roots here now. I dream of hitting the lottery and moving us all outta here. My husband and I are home owners. The covenants are a joke. You have to ask permission to repaint your shutters the same color. It's a joke. My parents made beautiful changes to their home that only improved the neighborhood but they only received grief from the home owners association. The homeowners association is nothing but a bunch of control freaks. Who knows what they spend our dues on??? They won't send out statements. The cops are bullies. Schools suck. The area is super expensive. Snobby people. So with all that being said don't move here unless you have to! If I could say one good thing about Madison "The City" there is not a lot of crime. Not unless they cover it up which is a definite possibility.

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Abhd
Madison, MS

Too snooty for my liking! Not a friendly place - 12/12/2012

Having located from the Northeast, I can most certainly agree with this person's assessment of Madison, MS. We have found it very hard to integrate into the southern culture. Moved into a new sub-division and not one person stopped by to welcome us. People are very snooty and if you don't go wild for College football, you just don't fit in. It amazes me that so many young people around here drive huge expensive vehicles and live in big homes on one income. You can find all the wives at the gym once the kids are dropped off at school. We thought that that the southern hospitality thing that everyone talks about, would be a welcome thing. As far as I'm concerned, the people from the Northeast are much nicer and not as phoney. This has been our assessment thus far having relocated in 05/12. It's time for us to go!

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Emily
Madison, MS

Awful If you can Avoid this Place Please Do For yo - 9/13/2012

I have no idea where this information comes from or how it could possibly be one of the best places to live. The cost of living here is more than anywhere I have found in the state. We have a Kroger right up the street, and you can go just not even five miles down the road to another Kroger and the prices are cheaper. I pay over 5000.00 a year in taxes on a not quite 3000 SQ foot house. The HOA in every neighborhood I have heard about think they are god. i know first hand mine does. They also increase your homeowners dues every time they can. The schools are the worst I have seen yet. They want you to think they are good. They do not help the children that are not naturally smart. The ones they have to really try and help they either can't or choose not to and find a way to get them to drop out or send them to alternative school. My smart child when I was taking her out they told me exactly, "We can't let her go her grades are too good." From the first state test they take in elementary they tell them they will fail the grade over that test. The police start to harass kids the minute they are teenagers ( and some before) and don't let up. They have a miserable time here. Things get worse a lot worse once they start to drive. They always smell marijuana in the car, and they want to search every car a kid is driving. The mayor is a dictator a poor woman was told to take down her Christmas decorations of peacocks and had that not made the news, and a Facebook page that blew up nationally, she probably would have had to take them down but once the mayor looked like a idiot nationally she changed her view. Most everyone here thinks they are better than you. But hey we did get a 28 million dollar bridge with Strawberry's on the end caps of the supports, that we didn't need... It doesn't matter that she ran in it some of the oldest houses in the city backyards and they will never be able to sale those homes now. She didn't care about that she wanted that Bridge....So I guess we know where our taxes are going. And they have voted to raise them again. She wants Hoy Road four lanes and I guess she will get what she wants again. By the way it really is unnecessary to four lane it. Could use a good pavement however. When we moved here it was a great place to live in 1994, but it is not the same. now they can no longer build homes if they are not 2500 sq ft. How does a new family afford that. They don't because they don't want you here if you don't have money. Don't think about renting because she is keeping those people out too. Even in a falling eccomony where those people were trying to save their house from foreclosure by renting it out. That isn't her problem. Power went to head and it is the worst place I know to bring a family. But hey "WE LOOK GOOD"

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Dale
Madison, MS

Review of Madison, MS - 11/2/2010

I moved to madison a little over a year ago. Nice enough place. Too many people crammed into too small an area. Idiot drivers everywhere who will cut you off, run you over, and dont like turn signals. I only drive a few miles to work everyday and usually have at least one person in my lane or pulling out in front of me etc. Roads are absolutely horrendous. The worst potholes and surfaces with humps and bumps that can make your car go airborne even when doing the speedlimit. The town makes everything built be covered in bricks and no billboards or signs. Hard to find things at first. I like that they keep the property values up and keep undesireable things like trailer parks and strip clubs out. Need to fix the roads to match the buildings. The person that said there is about 19 students to each teacher is crazy. Some locals are pretty snobby and think they are better than you because of it. Mayor is the dictator of all that is Madison ( Mary Hawkins Butler I believe is her name) I am told that she must approve the wallpaper in a business if it wants to be in Madison. Crime is not bad especially being so close to the very crime laden Jackson. It some times spills over to here. Crime can be bad on the other side in Canton as well. Most people are either born here or got transplanted for work. I dont think anyone will pick this place out of a map as a great place to move to. It is great for the area but not a place to pick because it rates well in polling of cities. There are a lot of nice people in spite of the few snobs. Pretty area. Decent amount of things to do.

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Anonymous
Madison, MS

Very difficult to integrate - 4/11/2010

If you are not originally from Mississippi, you will have a difficult time integrating socially. You are asked who "your people" (i.e. family) are and if they aren't known or you aren't from here, they won't accept you. It is like the "old south" in the civil war era. There is the "good ole boys" club (mostly all preppy hunters and fisherman) who all look and act the same, and the women are expected to be a stepford wife and social conformist, playing the perfect hostess to all her shallow and superficial friends who also look, dress, and act the same. It is a world of the "have" and "have not" and the "haves" are snobby elite's. If you can manage to find people who have moved here from other places, you may end up with friends and grow to accept your lot in life here and do okay, but it takes a while if you aren't willing to become a Mississippi chameleon. Sorry, but there's not a lot of good to say about living here. I can't wait to move.

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melinda
Jackson, MI

Disgusting.... - 10/8/2009

Madison ms is one of the worst places i've lived in yet. first days of school were horrible, people were so mean! the mayor is a psyco freak, who demand all buildings are brick. you also have to request to put anything colorful, in your front yard and remember no colored curtains in the front windows. if you like to be under a dictatorship madison is the place to live

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cameron
Madison, MS

best place in mississippi to raise family - 7/29/2009

Madison is the best place in Mississippi to raise a family. The cost of living is low, public schools are the BEST in the state, people are very friendly. Housing is very affordable compared to other cities like Madison in the country.

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Loretta
Madison, MS

Madison Easy Choice for Next Home - 6/9/2009

Many subtle lifestyle differences help create a very desireable and extremely liveable community that has become an extremely sought after location for folks to move to from other parts of Mississippi. From the aesthetics easily noticed throughout the charming city and surrounding areas in Madison County to the wide choice of family activities offered, Madison will continue to grow quickly in home sales AND popularity.

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Master
Madison, MS

Accolades - 3/25/2009

Mississippi's Most Liveable City Awarded "The Seal of Approval" by the American Association of Retirement Communities. Recognized by Sister Cities International as having the "Best First Year Program Worldwide" for cities under 100,000. Designated as a "Model City" by Southern Living Magazine Named as "One of the Top 100 Cities in America" by Money Magazine Featured as one of "The 50 Best Small Southern Towns" by Peach Tree Publishing Named one of "Top Ten Cities in America" to raise a family by Family Circle Magazine Links available

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Elizabeth
Madison, MS

Can't beat it - 6/2/2008

I have lived all over the eastern US and the south has by far the nicest people in the world. We don't have traffic problems. Our cost of living is reasonable. And we have great schools. I get very angry at people for sterotyping Mississippi. It's a wonderful place to live.

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Bp
Madison, MS

Herrington Realty Co - 2/1/2008

Company Information Since our inception in 2004, The Herrington Realty Company has been dedicated to providing the highest level of professionalism in our market. Owner, Patti Herrington founded the company on Christian principles and is committed to hiring the most professional agents in the business. We have well exceeded our expectations since the beginning of our company and are continually improving the level of our service by investing in our sales associates and our clients. Vision Statement ...to be recognized as a premier real estate company that is committed to providing the highest standards of excellence in the real estate industry. We are continually focused on building a team of Christian professionals that share the same passion for excellence. Because we realize that we are on a pathway that leads to a higher calling, it is our desire to create life long relationships with our clients and peers while working together for the greater good of our community.

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