Quality of Life

Both residents and visitors alike enjoy the host of cultural, historical, educational, and natural amenities that Petal has to offer.

Petal, Mississippi is located in the southeast portion of the state with a subtropical climate, mild winters and warm summers. The residents have strong religious ties and enjoy a low crime rate. Housing is affordable, about $92,000 on average in 2001. Average family income is between $30,000 and $40,000. About 57% of Petal's 7,500 residents are of working age, and unemployment is low.

Neighboring Hattiesburg ranks first nationally in health care for cities under 50,000 in population and is known as one of the best small cities in America. Hattiesburg is also home to The University of Southern Mississippi, one of the state's largest universities, and home of the Golden Eagles.

Quality of Life

Best Town in Mississippi

Petal was also named the Best Town in Mississippi for Young Families based on the quality of the public schools, cost of living, growth and prosperity, by NerdWallet.com.

Sports Illustrated Sportstown

Sports Illustrated named Petal the "Sports Illustrated Sportstown for Mississippi" due to the city's exceptional Recreation Department. A variety of recreational opportunities are available year-round, including walking trails, golf courses, tennis courts, bowling & other team sports.

10 Best Cities in Mississippi

Petal was named one of the 10 Best Cities in the state of Mississippi by Movoto’s Real Estate Blog.

Safest City in Mississippi

Petal was named the Safest City in the State of Mississippi by Movoto's Real Estate Blog.