Mississippi, USA
  • Oxford The Square in downtown Oxford, Mississippi, is a great mix of food, fun and books. CC license via Flickr.com Oxford
    The Square in downtown Oxford, Mississippi, is a great mix of food, fun and books.

Named by USA Today as one of the United States' top six college towns, Oxford is a Southern arts center defined, in part, by its past -- a past that ranges from the greatness of William Faulkner to the turbulence of integration in the 1960s.

Faulkner's hometown is one of America's greatest

These days, Oxford has been named one of the "Best 100 Small Towns in America" and is known for its good schools and "The Square," the downtown geographic and cultural center of the city. The downtown area is filled with great restaurants, bookstores and the South's oldest documented store. Home to a thriving music scene, the city has been the setting for numerous movies. It also has several historic sites, including Barnard Observatory, the LQC Lamar House and Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner. Oxford is a fun, thriving town with an energy in the air that visitors and residents enjoy.


  • Humid subtropical

Physical Environment

  • Rolling countryside
  • Town under 20,000 people


  • Local film festival
  • Major public college in downtown
  • Active club/bar/music scene
  • Local community theatre
  • Fine art museum
  • Ethnic restaurants


  • Moderate


  • $$$ -- Prices seem reasonable


  • Year-round fitness swimming center
  • Public golf course
  • Biking, hiking, running trails
  • Downtown yoga studio


  • Public squares
  • Working farms within 25 miles
  • Safe bike corridors
  • Lots of downtown living space
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods


  • Community swimming pool
  • Emergency medical services within 25 miles
  • Community senior center