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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Pass Christian, Mississippi?

Overview:  Bordered on three sides by water, the Gulf of Mexico town of Pass Christian is called "Pass" by locals and was chartered in 1848. It was the site of the South's first yacht club and has some of the region's finest oyster reefs.

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Both Hurricane Camille in 1969 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 brought devastation to Pass Christian, but this quaint, friendly community rebuilt after each storm. The town's War Memorial Park is the centerpiece for a farmers' market, as well as a variety of art and jazz festivals. Its Mardi Gras draws regional visitors, and the local library sponsors a cultural series. The historical society and art association offer luncheons and exhibits. Pass Christian's pretty harbor is home to shrimp and oyster boats but also has piers for pleasure craft and fishing. The annual blessing of the shrimp fleet happens every April. Residents enjoy six parks and support a running club and a 3rd Thursday community bike ride. The Pass Christian Isles Golf Club is the second oldest course along the Mississippi coast.

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Neighborhoods have a country ambiance, and many homes sit atop stilts. Wide Beach Boulevard sits between town and the long, often uncrowded powder white beach.

Population:  5,500 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  44%

Cost of Living:  Meets the national average

Median Home Price: $175,000

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s and 50s.  On average, the area receives 57 inches of rain each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, about 12 miles away, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission?   No, but Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, about 12 miles away, is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average

Public Library:  Yes

Political Leanings:   Very, very conservative

Is Mississippi Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:    A hurricane could easily bring devastation again.   The poverty rate is slightly above the national average.

Notes:  Pass Christian saw a drop off in popualtion after Katrina, but the population has been returning. The town has some of the best schools in the state and is only a few minutes from Gulfport's big city amenities.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes, although the high poverty rate is something to consider.

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Mississippi:

The Magnolia State entered the Union on December 10, 1817. Prosperous cotton plantations dominated the landscape during the first half of the 19th century. After the American Civil War, the state struggled to find a new economy. Mississippi became a battleground for the Civil Rights Movement.

The state's topography is primarily hilly. The flat, alluvial Mississippi Delta stretches between two rivers and contains 2.7 million acres of wetlands. Blues music has its origins there. Residents of the state experience long, hot summers and short, mild winters.

Mississippi continues to produce cotton, but over cultivation has led to diversification. Rice, soybeans, and aquaculture have helped boost the state's fragile economy. Petroleum and natural gas mining are recent developments and have helped the state move toward the manufacture of chemicals and plastics.

Musicians born in Mississippi include Jimmy Buffet, Elvis Presley, and Leontyne Price. Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center performed the world's first human lung transplant in 1963 and the first heart transplant in 1964.

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Stats:

Population - 2,988,726 

Persons 65 years old and over - 15%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 82% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 21% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 3% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 56% 

Median household income - $39,665 

Median home value - $103,100 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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