Best Place to Raise Your Kids: Mississippi

Best Place to Raise Your Kids: Mississippi

Gulfport

Nearest city: Gulfport
Population: 66,913
Median family income: $49,589
Runners-up: Hattiesburg, Jackson

Gulfport, the state's second-largest city, is a commercial and business hub with a large industrial park, an airport, a seaport, two colleges, and large shopping centers. Its public schools are also rated highly within the state.