• Southern Business & Development – Ten great small towns to operate a business and to retire (2010)

• NewGeography.com – Ranked Hattiesburg 14th in its 2010 Best Cities for Job Growth

• The University of Southern Mississippi is only one of 31 universities in America accredited in all four areas of the arts (2010)

• National Geographic Adventure – Top Adventure Towns (2010)

• CNN/Money.com – 9th Best Place in U.S. to Launch a Small Business (2009)

• Where to Retire – Top 100 Places (2009) and one of eight towns with safe and maintained cycling trails and amenities suitable for retirement

• Kiplinger – Top College Town for Grown Ups (2007)

• Top 10 Affordable College Towns (2006)