Vicksburg a top retirement town in trade magazine

Published 10:49 am Monday, April 14, 2014

An idyllic lifestyle for retirees has landed Vicksburg on a list of top retirement destinations, according to a trade magazine.

The city appears in “Where to Retire” magazine in its May/June issue available Tuesday, its editor, Annette Fuller, said in a news release. The River City was chosen by the Houston-based publication because it has qualities important to today’s retirees, it said.

“Vicksburg’s setting on the Mississippi River made it a significant conquest during the Civil War,” Fuller said. “Today, the city’s historical connections, scenic bluffs and charming downtown attract retirees. For its small size, Vicksburg has many surprising pockets of culture — art galleries and coffee shops, several museums and more than 30 murals covering the flood walls on Levee Street. Because it’s nicknamed the Red Carpet City of the South, you know you’ll get a good dose of Southern hospitality.”

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Accolades for the city in retirement community circles is not a first.

In 2009, Vicksburg and more than a half-dozen other Mississippi cities were named by Retirement Lifestyles magazine as top locations in the South for retirees.

“Where to Retire” prints six times a year and has a national circulation of 200,000. In the release, the magazine singles out two dozen states and hundreds of towns that seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

It also says retirees who relocate are healthier, better educated and more affluent than retirement-age counterparts who don’t choose to move.