Ranked among The Best 100 Small Towns in America, Oxford is also a top college city thanks to the University of Mississippi, commonly called Ole Miss. Oxford has numerous public parks and walking/bicycling trails, and its comfortable year-round weather adds to the city’s attractive quality of life.
Thanks to its central location, the county where Oxford is located – Lafayette County – is within 400 miles of trade zones in 11 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
Oxford is an excellent place for both existing companies and new entrepreneurs to get to work. The business climate here is thriving with a well-educated workforce, and community leaders encourage entrepreneurial growth through organizations such as the Oxford-Lafayette County Entrepreneurial Alliance.
From college apartments to spacious condominiums and historic homes, Oxford has plenty of residential options for those looking to put down roots in the community. A popular upscale neighborhood is the Lamar Park area, which features historic homes, Orleans Oaks Condominiums, walking trails, a lake and restaurants like Mink’s On the Park and B’s Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Q.
Oxford's central business district is the Courthouse Square, with museums, art galleries, shops and the city’s best-known restaurant, City Grocery. Many millennials and young professionals live around the Square at developments such as Oxford Square Townhomes and The Retreat at Oxford.
All Decked Out
An annual Double Decker Arts Festival descends upon Oxford every late April to showcase the city’s talented artists. Also on hand are local and touring musicians who take to the stage, and about 60,000 attend the Friday-Saturday event that features 200 arts and food booths.
Quality of Life Luxuries
Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi serves the entire Oxford metropolitan region with its 217 beds and 1,000 employees, and also accommodating the community is University-Oxford Airport. Residents and visitors are served by plenty of independent restaurants, and the city has multiple nightspots.
Home to William Faulkner
Rowan Oak, former home of novelist William Faulkner, is a Greek Revival house constructed in the 1840s. The house is open for tours, and a highlight is the outline of Faulkner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Fable, penciled in graphite and red on the plaster wall of his study.
Hike Bailey’s Woods
A quiet walk through William Faulkner's former estate is available to the public via Bailey’s Woods Trail, a 3/5-mile pathway. Admission is free and a non-detailed map is available at the University of Mississippi Museum.
Shop at Neilson’s
The South’s oldest store is Nielson’s Department Store, founded in 1839 and still in business today on Oxford’s Courthouse Square. In 1980, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the establishment continues to sell items such as family apparel, shoes and housewares.