No matter your lifestyle, Lafayette County has a community for you.
Oxford is known as the “Cultural Mecca of the South.” This charming, creative community is a top draw for young talent. Throw in charming communities and neighborhoods, and it’s easy to see why people love living here.
Population: 26,430, Median Home Value: $295,950*
Named after another Oxford, the one in England, the city was incorporated in 1837 and became home to the state’s first university — the University of Mississippi — in 1848.
While Ole Miss makes Oxford a college town, the city is much more. The city’s epicenter is the renowned Oxford Square, home to iconic restaurants and unique shops like Neilson’s, the South’s oldest department store.
Its nickname, “Cultural Mecca of the South,” recognizes the creativity of musicians, artists and writers who helped make the city what it is today. So, it’s no surprise that Oxford has received many recent accolades from Livability.com, Conde Nast Traveler and Southern Living.
Population: 355, Median Home Value: $282,000*
Incorporated in 1873 as Taylor’s Depot, town leaders officially changed the name to Taylor in 1907. Today, the town nestled in the hills of north Mississippi is a bedroom community of Oxford.
Taylor has long boasted a pastoral way of life, and now a new mixed-use development is taking serene living to the next level.
Plein Air offers charming Southern homes with front porches and sidewalks designed to foster friendly visits with neighbors. A business district includes Grit Restaurant, Lost Dog Coffee, The Mill at Plein Air and more.
Population: 372, Median Home Value: $247,000*
Founded in the early 1800s by pioneers from South Carolina, Abbeville is a quaint town along Mississippi State Highway 7.
Students attend the Lafayette County School District and power the workforce in health care, finance, construction and agriculture. Also in town is the University of Mississippi Field Station, which conducts research focusing on sustainable freshwater ecosystems.
Several retirees enjoy life in Abbeville because of fishing and hunting opportunities at nearby Sardis Lake, and multiple entertainment options in nearby Oxford are only 10 miles away to the south.
*Information provided by the North Central MS REALTORS MLS for August 2022 is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
If you’d like to learn more about the Oxford, MS, area, check out the latest edition of Livability: Oxford-Lafayette County, Mississippi.