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Is Buying A Mobile Home In Gulfport, Mississippi Really A Good Idea?
Gulfport is a moderately-sized city, but it still has a quite urban feel, especially for Mississippi. It offers good schools, a low crime rate, a culturally diverse population and a very low cost of living. It is not hard to see why there is such a drive to buy a mobile home in Gulfport these days. That said, the ‘small town – big city’ lifestyle has its disadvantages. One of those is that the city has grown only very slowly over the last handful of years, and new properties are very thin on the ground. Competition for the places that remain can be fierce.
In this article, we’ll explore some of the best neighborhoods for buying a mobile home in Gulfport. We’ll consider the city’s location and geography, the demographics of Gulfport and what there is to occupy you in the city – after all, 73,000 people require quite a few options for what to do on a Saturday night.
This area was originally the territory of the Choctaw tribe of Native Americans. While most of the other cities of the region – especially Biloxi and Mobile – were settled by the French in the 18th century, Gulfport dates back only to 1855 or so. At the time it was called Mississippi City, and the core of that settlement survives as a neighborhood within modern Gulfport. Gulfport was incorporated in its own name in 1898. Its early importance was as a port for the Gulf and ship island railroad, hence the name. After its natural harbor was deepened by dredging, it allowed the lumber mills farther inland in the state to access markets along the coast. By 1902 it was a working seaport, and it became the official port of entry for the district in 1904. It grew steadily until well into the 21st century, and had become the 2nd largest city in the state as early as 1993.
Things to do in Gulfport
Things to do in Gulfport
While you are hunting mobile homes in Gulfport, MS, why not visit the dolphin aquarium at the Institute for Marine mammal Studies? The Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum is great for hobbyists. The recently rebuilt Jones Park offers a lovely walk, and of course the Island View Casino offers some of the Gulf Coast's best nightlife. If you are looking for something more family-friendly, why not try the Gulf Islands Water Park?
The city of Gulfport lies on the southern coast of Mississippi, between Biloxi and Long Beach. Its location on the Gulf of Mexico gives it a humid subtropical climate with short, mild winters and long, hot summers. The sea air does prevent the much higher summer temperatures to be found farther inland in the state, though. Gulfport, MS mobile homes are popular because they are well-suited to these conditions. The region is, however, prone to occasional hurricanes. Before you decide whether or not to buy a mobile home in Gulfport, though, think about where you would like to live, who you would like your neighbors to be, and what kind of amenities you need to be close to. Is proximity to the best schools the most important factor, or is the length of your commute more important? Each of the following areas offers different benefits and drawbacks. Gulfport Neighborhoods Mississippi City The neighborhood of Mississippi City actually predates Gulfport, and was once the seat of government for the county. The median price for real estate there is $242,000, which puts it in the bottom half of US neighborhoods for price, but in the top 15% for Mississippi. Though within the city, this neighborhood serves as a calm suburb amid the busy urban environment. The vacancy levels in Mississippi City are low but not inapproachable, at around 5%. This is a great place to buy a mobile home in Gulfport, but it also offers many small and medium sized single-family homes. Jones Mill You’ll find the neighborhood of Jones Mill inland, to the northwest of Gulfport’s Downtown, and north of Long Beach. Prices are low by national standards, with a median value of just over $257,000, but this is still considered high by Mississippi standards. Jones Mill is within the city limits, but is considered to be ‘outside of town’ by most locals, giving it a distinctly rural feel. The vacancy rate in the Jones Mill neighborhood is high, at just under 11%. This and the low population density make it a particularly appealing site for mobile homes in Gulfport, MS. Lyman The Lyman neighborhood is another good place for buying a mobile home in Gulfport. It is on the inland edge of town, northwest of the airport. The median price for homes in this area is just under $291,000. This just barely scraps into the top ½ of US neighborhoods based on price, but it is in the top 10% for the state. Lyman has a suburban feel despite being part of the city proper, and has a reasonably approachable vacancy rate of around 5.3%. Lorraine Road The Lorraine Road neighborhood is completely encircled by water, with the Bernard bayou flowing along its south and west borders, and the canal along its northeast flank. This is one of the priciest neighborhoods in the city, but it is a great place to buy a mobile home in Gulfport if you can afford the median price of $440,000. Most of the homes in Lorraine Road are medium or large single family units, though there are a few high-rises and apartment buildings as well. The vacancy rate is surprisingly high, at around 14%. The homes there may be expensive, but at least you are likely to have a wide selection.
If you are looking to buy a mobile home in Gulfport, MS, you’ll want to know more about its people. Gulfport is a small city by coastal standards. It had 72,926 residents as of the 2020 census, up nearly 5000 from the population in 2010. The city’s growth has slowed lately, though, with more people moving to the Gulfport – Biloxi Metro Area’s suburbs than buying mobile homes in Gulfport, MS, itself.
More than 88% of Gulfport residents over the age of 25 have high school diplomas, and just over 23% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income was $40,554 in 2020, and the median value of owner-occupied housing units was an affordable 132,700 in the same year.
Arts in Gulfport
Arts in Gulfport
Gulfport is a major node on the coastal Mississippi arts scene. Anyone looking at buying a mobile home in Gulfport is likely to discover art made by locals-done-goods like George Ohr, Walter Anderson or Dusti Bonge. Nearby, you can explore the maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, or see the home of Jefferson Davis, the last president of the Confederacy. The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is a great place to take the kids on a summer afternoon, as is the INFINITI Science Center. The Mary C O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education is actually free, and is well stocked with exhibitions and events for fans of the visual, performing and culinary arts.
Schools in Gulfport
Schools in Gulfport
One of the best reasons to look for Gulfport, MS mobile homes for sale is the quality of education you can get there. Just a few of the best primary and secondary schools in and around the city include Gaston Point Elementary School, Bayou View Middle School, Gulfport High School and Central Elementary School. Colleges and universities in and around Gulfport include the Long Beach campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, the New Tradition Campus of William Carey University, and the Harrison County Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Gulfport is a happy city with a robust and diverse economy. Land is very inexpensive in Mississippi generally, but it can be pricey in Gulfport’s best neighborhoods. There are plenty of Gulfport mobile homes for sale on the outskirts, as well. Economically, it makes sense. But the real issue is whether you and your family would be happy in Gulfport. Perhaps you should visit and see for yourself?
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