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5 Reasons to Move to Oxford, MS Right Now

Small-town Southern Charm is beckoning. Here's why you should answer that call.

By Kevin Litwin on December 15, 2021

mural in Oxford, MS
Karen Pulfer Focht

Meet Oxford. This gem tucked away in beautiful North Mississippi is often referred to as the “Cultural Mecca of the South” for its rich history, small-town charm and creative scene. If you’re looking for a happening place to settle down in the Southeast, here’s why you should put moving to Oxford high on your list.

1. Business is booming in Oxford.

Oxford’s business ecosystem is quite diverse and interconnected, especially for a community of its size. Strong economic sectors include education, health care, manufacturing, retail, technology and tourism.

Ole Miss cheerleaders
Ole Miss

2. Oxford is the home of Ole Miss.

The University of Mississippi not only offers students strong academic and athletic programs, but it provides the community with arts and entertainment attractions. One favorite event locals love attending on Saturdays in the fall is Ole Miss Rebels football games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

3. This city oozes history.

Nearly 50 buildings throughout the city are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with about a dozen sites predating the Civil War. One of the most visited historic buildings is the Lafayette County Courthouse, which opened in 1872.

bicycling in Oxford, MS
Karen Pulfer Focht

4. The city is a perfect “spokes” model.

Grab your helmet and start pedaling because Oxford is the first Mississippi city to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. In and around the area, you will find great places to get your wheels turning, such as the South Campus Rail Trail, adjacent to the Ole Miss campus, and Clear Creek Trail, which is a 30-minute drive from Oxford.

5. Oxford is a haven for sports.

The highly utilized mTrade Park is a more than 75-acre sports complex that features five soccer fields, eight baseball diamonds, three softball fields, a tennis center, a walking track and a BMX bike park. Click here for more information.

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