Hattiesburg's population is around 52,000 but has a 5 county radius population of 250,000 people. Hattiesburg is a great small city because of its low cost of living, strong healthcare services as well as the amount of cultural and recreational opportunities offered. Hattiesburg was also chosen as one of the 100 best Retirement towns in America by "Where to Retire" magazine.

Excellent Health Care

Hattiesburg has been rated as one of the top Healthcare communities for cities under 100,000 people in the Rating guide to Life in America small cities.

Two hospitals with over 400 physicians and one hospital with a level two trauma center. Hattiesburg Clinic is the States largest multi-specialty clinic with over 200 physicians representing every type of medicine.

Military Base

Camp Shelby is a Military installation nearby that is the largest National Guard training base east of the Mississippi River.

Camp Shelby, Mississippi, encompassing more than 134,820 acres, is the largest state-owned and operated field training site in the United States. Camp Shelby Training Site (CSTS), encompassing over 525 square kilometers, is located in portions of Perry and Forrest Counties, in south Mississippi. The training site was established during World War I and it has served almost continuously since then as a training site, not only for the Reserve Components of the Army, but also for the Active Components of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The training site consists of a mix of State, Department of Defense, and U.S. Forest Service lands in the DeSoto National Forest.

It is a training ground for the Abrams M1 Tank, Paladin Howitzers and home to the 3rd Brigade 87th Division Training Support. Camp Shelby serves as a training site for National Guardsmen and Reservists from throughout the country hosting as many as 100,000 personnel annually. It is located 12 miles south of Hattiesburg, Miss., on US highway 49 South.

Throughout the year, over 100,000 troops from all branches of the United States military train here. Numerous non-DOD and civilian agencies also conduct activities here.

Links to Camp Shelby


Hattiesburg offers two colleges; the University of Southern Mississippi as well as William Carey University.

Southern Miss offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in five degree-granting colleges – Arts & Letters, Business, Education & Psychology, Health and Science & Technology. In all, Southern Miss offers more than 180 degree programs for both undergraduates and graduates.

Today, Southern Miss has a diverse student body of approximately 17,000 with students from all 50 states and 70 foreign countries. The university celebrates diversity in every sense of the word, using our rich melting pot of cultures and backgrounds to further enhance the educational experience that is Southern Miss.