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Myths About Retiring in Mississippi

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Feb 2016 07:01 PM

When people talk about retirement in Mississippi, everyone has an opinion. Some will sing praises, and others see only flaws. How can you decipher the truth from the rumors? It takes a little time to research the issues, but here are a few myths about retiring in the Magnolia State.

1. Mississippi is a cultural wasteland.
Although some of the state’s schools struggle to keep up with national standards, Mississippi has produced several notable authors. Among the state’s literary giants are William Faulkner, John Grisham, Tennessee Williams and Eudora Welty.

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2. The weather is unbearable.
No one can deny that the weather in parts of Mississippi presents challenges. The summer heat and humidity can be brutal, and the damage suffered from hurricanes and tornadoes takes a big toll. But with modern technology, the effects of weather can be managed. Air conditioning in homes, offices, and vehicles make summers comfortable. Those who are sensitive to heat should avoid afternoon activities during the summer, but evenings can be amazing. Anyone in a disaster-prone zone must prepare for emergencies. The American Red Cross and other agencies provide helpful information for minimizing the damages from natural disasters. Mississippi’s many favorable qualities and low cost of living make the weather bearable.

3. Mississippi is a boring place to live.
In addition to outdoor life and enjoying southern hospitality, people choosing retirement in Mississippi can embrace all the state has to offer. Mississippi is full of museums and historical sites. Plan a day trip or a “staycation” to explore the Civil War Interpretive Center in Corinth or the Armed Forces Museum near Hattiesburg. Check out any of the thousands of art galleries and museums throughout the state, such as Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel or the B.B. King Museum in Indianola. Mississippi is alive in performing arts centers, on college campuses, and along shores of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s hard to be bored when there’s so much to do.

4. Elvis has left the building!
Although Elvis Presley tragically died in 1977, he lives on in Mississippi. The annual Tupelo Elvis Festival honors the town’s most famous son every June. The festival features the music of this iconic performer, along with artists paying tribute to his impact on the world. Don’t miss the impersonator contest or the Sunday Gospel Concert. But Tupelo isn’t the only place to feel the presence of the legend. The state is full of reminders that the King of Rock and Roll was born within its boundaries.

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When people talk about retirement in Mississippi, everyone has an opinion. Some will sing praises, and others see only flaws. How can you decipher the truth from the rumors? It takes a little time to research the issues, but here are a few myths about retiring in the Magnolia State.
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