Biloxi : Mississippi

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What Biloxi is like for active adults
Biloxi, Mississippi is on the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound. This old town has miles and miles (26) of white sandy beaches and at least 7 major casinos, including the Hard Rock, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, and Beau Rivage. The city has many attractions (see What is Special in next section) besides these as well.  Biloxi has a small town feel with low-key neighborhoods spreading out away from the water. New developments include attractive malls, new hotels, and apartment complexes that have been built since Hurricane Katrina basically leveled the place in 2005.

Several of the nearby towns could even be more attractive to retiring baby boomers; those include waterfront towns of Ocean Springs and Gulf Park Estates.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Biloxi is part of the Gulf Coast Retirement district and one of 21 certified retirement communities in Mississippi. Biloxi could be a real estate opportunity if you believe in buying in early.  The infrastructure is coming back in this town of 50,000. Housing is relatively inexpensive for a coastal community, but the median home value had climbed to about $170,000 in early 2014 (Zillow). There are vast numbers of waterfront and near waterfront properties available for those willing to build in this hurricane-prone area.

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What is special about this retirement community
There are terrific amenities beyond the casinos, such as Beauvoir, the post-war estate of Jefferson Davis. The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum (see photo above of current construction) was designed by expressionist postmodern architect, Frank Gehry. There are miles and miles of beaches, and the local waters teem with seafood.  Many new buildings and malls. Windance Country Club is one of 20 golf area courses.
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What is not special about this retirement community
Many neighborhoods are still empty after Katrina. Crime is relatively high, and if you don't like casinos - you are in trouble. Ditto with Waffle House restaurants - there is one every quarter mile on the beach.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Biloxi is an easy going town that mixes tourism, casinos, and the old south in a genteel mixture. This area offers some of the finest fishing in the world.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism (particularly casinos and the beaches) and retirement drive the local economy, along with Katrina reconstruction. Mississippi offers a generous homestead exemption to people over 65. There is no tax on qualified retirement income, including Social Security. There are 2 major military bases here - Keesler AFB and the Naval Construction Battalion Center (Seabees)
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Climate and Physical Environment
Biloxi is on the Mississippi Sound of the Gulf of Mexico. It is oppressively hot and humid in summer.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Biloxi boasts the partially completed, Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O'Keefe Museum (pictured above). Centered around the "mad potter", Ohr, the museum's collections will be quite extensive when completed. The Gehry buildings themselves will be art as well - he is one of the most famous architects in the world. Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis's post-war home, is an interesting museum.
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Crime

The crime rate in Biloxi is well above the national average.

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Medical facilities
There are 10 hospitals in the region including Gulf Coast Regional Medical, Biloxi Medical Center, and VA Gulf Coast.
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Transportation
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is convenient and offers frequent service. I 10 goes through town.
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Valuable Links
For retirement information contact MIssissippi Gulf Coast Retiree Partnership at 1 866 672-6278. Biloxi is still rebuilding, 3 years after Katrina (which came in 2005).  Volunteers are still welcome to help the thousands of people who are still living in FEMA trailers. Contact Mississippi Gulf Coast Habitat or Habitat for Humanity to volunteer. Here is the Wikipedia page for Biloxi
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Facts about BILOXI
  • State: MS
  • Environment: Coastal,Boating Community,Resort Community,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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