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Living in Mississippi

Mississippi offers an excellent quality of life with stunning natural scenery, outdoor recreational opportunities, cultural events and education, friendly people, and diverse attractions. Hiking, boating, and camping are available at parks and public lands throughout the state. Art and history museums dot the landscape, and acclaimed Mississippi authors frequently make appearances for public readings. International performers entertain audiences in convention centers, auditoriums, theaters, and casinos. Scenic roads and byways welcome travelers to changing scenery and festivals that occur almost every weekend of the year. Mississippi is a melting pot of people from around the world, and new friends are always welcome.

Visit Mississippi

Visit Mississippi is the official tourism organization of the state of Mississippi and a division of MDA. The division manages Mississippi’s 13 Welcome Centers and includes the Blues Trail, the Country Music Trail, the Freedom Trail, the Mississippi Film Office, and the Creative Economy Bureau.

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Mississippi Hometown Retirement

Mississippi’s 20 Certified Retirement Cities throughout the state offer options from quaint towns to metropolitan area. To qualify as a Certified City, each town must pass a comprehensive three-month screening process conducted by Hometown Mississippi Retirement, the state’s official retiree attraction program.

Creative Economy

Mississippi’s creative economy stems from the state’s rich cultural heritage, which has produced some of the nation’s greatest musicians, writers and is the birthplace of America’s music. The creative economy encompasses to the work of artists, musicians, writers, designers, sculptors, architects, chefs, and many others working in a creative field. Employing more than 60,700 Mississippians, the creative economy is a major economic driver and job producer for the state.