Biloxi : Mississippi


What It Is Like to Retire in Biloxi

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.

Where to Retire in Biloxi and Home Prices

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, the National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoulia area to be $179,400 during the 1st quarter of 2021, a 15.7% rise from a year earlier. There are vast numbers of waterfront and near waterfront properties available for those willing to build in this hurricane-prone area.


What Is Special about Biloxi

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.

What Is Not Special about Biloxi

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.

Who Will Like Retirement in Biloxi

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.

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)

Climate and Physical Environment

Biloxi is on the Mississippi Sound of the Gulf of Mexico. It is oppressively hot and humid in summer.

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.


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


Medical Facilities

There are 10 hospitals in the region including Gulf Coast Regional Medical, Biloxi Medical Center, and VA Gulf Coast.


Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is convenient and offers frequent service. I 10 goes through town.

Valuable Links

City of Biloxi

For retirement information contact MIssissippi Gulf Coast Retiree Partnership

Here is the Wikipedia page for Biloxi


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