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Apartment Living in Mississippi
It is easy to guess where this state derived its name. Named after the mighty river, Mississippi is located in the deep south of the United States. Its playful name has been helpful to grown-ups and children alike for counting the seconds down. Besides hide and seek, Mississippi makes you think of riverboats, catfish, magnolias, the blues, gospel, country, jazz and rock and roll. Known as the "Birthplace of America's Music," Mississippi relishes in its gently sloping farms, majestic mansions and southern charm and hospitality. Composed entirely of lowlands, the state has sticky temperatures that average in the 80's in the summer and short, mild winters in the upper 40's. The cities that sit on the Gulf are susceptible to hurricanes moving inland.
Mississippi is known for its higher education system and for being the home to the scholarly including writers William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, John Grisham, Willie Morris and Richard Wright. For those wishing to attend one of the state's many colleges or universities, Mississippi has plenty to offer in nearby apartments. The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State are two of the more popular colleges.
Mississippi's manufacturing operations are getting stronger every day. Since at least half of the state is covered in trees, lumber is key to the state's economy. The state is the leading producer in the nation for upholstered furniture. Mississippi is also starting to lead the way in medical technology.
When cotton was king and before the Civil War, Mississippi was one of the wealthiest states in the nation; however today, it has the lowest per capita personal income in the country. On the bright side, this state of nearly 3 million people also has one of the country's lowest living costs. Apartment seekers will be happy to find that rentals are 12 percent below the national average. Mississippi's largest cities and best locations for apartments are in Jackson, Gulfport, and Biloxi.
Jackson is the largest city and the state's capital. If you enjoy culture, you'll want to find an apartment in this area. Inner-city delights include southern cooking, a lively nightlife and clubs and music, of course, but also the more formal Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Opera House nearby. Average apartments can start as low as $400 a month.
Like most of the cities along the Gulf, Gulfport was severely damaged by hurricane Katrina and is still rebuilding. The city is the state's second largest city in Mississippi and is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area. Living by the water will cost you a bit more with apartments starting around $800, which is a bit more than the nearby city of Biloxi.
Despite its sometimes volatile weather, people still love to live along the coast. This coastal community is quickly growing and to meet the demands of its growth, apartment buildings are springing up just as fast. There are thousands of apartments to choose from with most of them in a reasonable price bracket. Apartments here start in the $675 range.