Moving to Hattiesburg,Mississippi

Moving to Hattiesburg,Mississippi

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“Not to be taken lightly”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Rucker, AL

#1 Jan 4, 2008
I am thinking of moving to Hattiesburg, and was wondering what the quality of life is like there. I have small children, and I want to know which side of town is the safest for a family, and good daycares, just any advice on Hattiesburg living. Thanks
Hburger

Hattiesburg, MS

#2 Jan 7, 2008
Personally I would not recommend a move to Hattiesburg or anywhere in Mississippi these days but since you are already on the Miss. Coast it is hard to do worse than where you are. And if you must live in Miss. it is probably an okay choice. (Hattiesburg was once a pleasant town but has been degenerating and there is too much ridiculous road work going on.) The actual city of Hattiesburg is the only place you can get sufficient police and fire protection, protective ordinances that make life better, and that would be true most places. Drive around the area and see what you like best and ask in forums like this as you are doing. Jobs here tend to suck in various ways so research them very, very carefully before giving up a real job for anything promised.

“Not to be taken lightly”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Rucker, AL

#3 Jan 8, 2008
Hburger wrote:
Personally I would not recommend a move to Hattiesburg or anywhere in Mississippi these days but since you are already on the Miss. Coast it is hard to do worse than where you are. And if you must live in Miss. it is probably an okay choice.(Hattiesburg was once a pleasant town but has been degenerating and there is too much ridiculous road work going on.) The actual city of Hattiesburg is the only place you can get sufficient police and fire protection, protective ordinances that make life better, and that would be true most places. Drive around the area and see what you like best and ask in forums like this as you are doing. Jobs here tend to suck in various ways so research them very, very carefully before giving up a real job for anything promised.
wow thanks for the advice i am from Pascagoula,MS and Hattiesburg looks decent, but i will do my research, thanks
Hburger

Hattiesburg, MS

#4 Jan 8, 2008
You are welcome. I hope some place north of where you are will work out for you as hurricanes even got a number of houses damaged in Hbrg. One additional thing I asked someone else about is that some people are happy with Oak Grove schools but I would research all very closely and am glad you are going to do so. Roads in whole area are not kept up well and much road work is planned for this year but one area of Hardy has had barrels blocking it for months. I don't enjoy driving in the suburbs anywhere around here. Hburg schools do seem to be in bad shape these days which I had not mentioned. In years past some of private schools (Presbyterian Christian at least) have terrorized kids with their fundamentalism and I would be suspect of what they provide now too. Years ago the Catholic private school was also badmouthing those who were pro-choice and I would be suspicious of that going on too. Good luck with the research and one can never do too much. Another thing is wherever you are researching always look at it at nighttime too. And read the crime reports everywhere you research.

“Not to be taken lightly”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Rucker, AL

#5 Jan 9, 2008
How far is the Oak Grove community from Hattiesburg? Im trying to go to school for nursing, any good colleges? Thanks.
Eagle

Houma, LA

#6 Jan 10, 2008
Oak Grove and Hattiesburg practically run into each other. It's maybe a 10 minute drive from the University of Southern Mississippi to Oak Grove, and also to Petal (though Petal is east of Hattiesburg where Oak Grove is west). I know Petal is a level 5 school, and Oak Grove is either level 4 or 5 (sorry, don't recall which). USM also has a very good nursing program. It's one of the things the university is known for. I have lived in Hattiesburg for SEVERAL years, including having gone to school at USM, and I honestly really like it here. My advice is also just to come up and look around and see what you like, but I'm sure you can find an area that pleases you.

“Not to be taken lightly”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Rucker, AL

#7 Jan 11, 2008
Wow thanks you have given some good info, appreciate it.
Kim

Laurel, MS

#8 Jan 19, 2008
Try Petal! It's a great town with nice people. Research it on the internet. The schools are awesome!
Mississippi Mind

Hattiesburg, MS

#9 Jan 20, 2008
I have to say that I totally disagree with the other opinions about Hattiesburg. My family moved here from the midwest about a year ago and we absolutely love it here. I do think it would be much smarter to be doing some of the road work on Hardy St at night. But show me any growing community in America that isn't doing road work! Southern Miss has fantastic options for both education and employment. My children are in Oak Grove schools and I'm very happy there as well. One of my children needed some special services so an evaluation was done. One opinion came back that he didn't need them. And then his teacher became very vocal and said, "That child needs these services and we're not leaving here until we have a plan for getting them for him." He's getting the special services. We've never had a teacher so invested in our children as here.

I also very much enjoy the downtown Hattiesburg culture--several art galleries, great restaurants, and multiple venues for live music all weekend long.

Lastly, the cost of housing here is miraculously low, at least compared to where we came from. All in all, we couldn't be happier here!

Since: Oct 07

Houma, LA

#10 Jan 29, 2008
Hattiesburg is a good city overall. Hattiesburg (west of hwy 49 towards hardy st. and hwy 98) is a better and safer place to live. If looking for a house, choose one of the new subdivisions to live in (ex: chapel hill). If looking for an apt., places like the reserve, with gated access, are good options. Safety is a premium, but with children, it's worth it.

Use the help of a local realtor. And keep in mind, although realtors can be an excellent source, use your intuition and get more information from the local community. Talk with neigbors in the community, people at the store, etc. Also feel free to drive around and better familiarize yourself with hattiesburg (that's the best way)

Since: Oct 07

Houma, LA

#11 Jan 29, 2008
Burnt Out

Hattiesburg, MS

#12 Feb 4, 2008
soccer wrote:
Do not bother going to Forrest General.Com .
And whatever you do, please....please do not go to work there! You would be better off selling cold bottled water and turnip greens on the side of a hwy 98. Tony's Seasoning sells real good too!
jlm

Hattiesburg, MS

#13 Feb 12, 2008
west hattiesburg is great
anonymous reader

Coldwater, MS

#14 Feb 12, 2008
Sour grapes, sour grapes from the Forrest General person. Dang, what happened to you there? It must have been bad. I've been a patient there several times and got excellent care. The employees I dealt with were very kind, and hard-working to make me comfortable.
Burnt Out

Hattiesburg, MS

#15 Feb 14, 2008
anonymous reader wrote:
Sour grapes, sour grapes from the Forrest General person. Dang, what happened to you there? It must have been bad. I've been a patient there several times and got excellent care. The employees I dealt with were very kind, and hard-working to make me comfortable.
It has nothing to do with how well the WORKING: RN'S, TECHS, HOUSEKEEPING, CAFETERIA employees are working...it has to do with how well the workers work due to the fact that FGH administration screws over their employees. Many of the employees work hard!!! Many of the big wigs sit in their offices and cut hours and benefits. So when I say "Do not go to FGH for a job, that means for a job" !

“Let's talk”

Since: Oct 07

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#16 Feb 18, 2008
I moved from Hattiesburg a few years ago but it will always be home. I raised two boy there and graduated from USM with a degree in nursing. The Oakgrove and Petal school districts are both very well respected. Forrest General is a very good hospital that gives excellent care and not a bad place to work either despite what a few disgruntled x employees may say.

“Not to be taken lightly”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Rucker, AL

#17 Feb 25, 2008
Retired PCM wrote:
I moved from Hattiesburg a few years ago but it will always be home. I raised two boy there and graduated from USM with a degree in nursing. The Oakgrove and Petal school districts are both very well respected. Forrest General is a very good hospital that gives excellent care and not a bad place to work either despite what a few disgruntled x employees may say.
Oh okay I lived in Tacoma,Washington for two years, im from Mississippi, so it was a major move for me, im not use to mountains, lol.

“Let's talk”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#18 Feb 25, 2008
MyPurpose wrote:
<quoted text>Oh okay I lived in Tacoma,Washington for two years, im from Mississippi, so it was a major move for me, im not use to mountains, lol.
Ahh but they are beautiful aren't they. When I flew up for my job interview the mountains were one of the big things that lured me here. Then there were all of the lakes and being able to see forever.

“Not to be taken lightly”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Rucker, AL

#19 Feb 25, 2008
Retired PCM wrote:
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Ahh but they are beautiful aren't they. When I flew up for my job interview the mountains were one of the big things that lured me here. Then there were all of the lakes and being able to see forever.
It is very lovely there, but I am a country southern girl, so Mississippi will always have my heart, would love to go back to visit. I know there is alot of opprtunity there, I was stationed at Fort Lewis, so It was an okay spot to be.

“Let's talk”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#20 Feb 26, 2008
I'm East of the Cascades but I've driven by Fort Lewis several times. I know what you mean. I'm a Southern boy at heart.

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