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liv­ing be­low the na­tional av­er­age. The me­dian cost of buy­ing a house is $137,842, which I find shock­ingly low in to­day’s mar­ket. And if you’re into cul­ture, the Abra­ham Chavez The­ater is a fa­vorite spot. It’s shaped like a som­brero. Yep, I had to put that in there.

The next few cities on the list are McAllen, Texas; Day­tona Beach, Florida; Pitts­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia; Austin, Texas; and one I find rather sur­pris­ing, Wash­ing­ton, DC. If you haven’t picked up on it, let me point out that all th­ese places are metropoli­tan cities. In fact, no place in Mis­sis­sippi lands on the Top 100 list be­cause the mak­ers of the list don’t even con­sider cities smaller than 50,000 in pop­u­la­tion. Hmmm…

Ac­cord­ing to those at US News & World Re­ports, then, Mis­sis­sippi doesn’t ex­ist. So Starkville doesn’t ex­ist. I’m a lit­tle bit ok with that; how about you? I like our minimetropoli­tan feel in Starkville. With the univer­sity here, we get so much more di­ver­sity than we might other­wise have in a small town. And our Cham­ber and Part­ner­ship have worked dili­gently over re­cent years to cre­ate a more at­trac­tive-to-re­tirees feel.

We might not have as much to do in Starkville and Ok­tibbeha county as we would in Sara­sota or San An­to­nio, but I would ar­gue that we DO have much go­ing on here, and the fact that I know when I at­tend any sin­gle event in our com­mu­nity, I’m go­ing to see friends, busi­ness ac­quain­tances and even fam­ily makes at­tend­ing all the more mean­ing­ful to my qual­ity of life. A re­tiree who is lonely in Starkville (and who is phys­i­cally able to get out) need only reach out and try.

One more plug for our com­mu­nity, if you’ll in­dulge me. Starkville is a place where we help our friends and fam­ily. Christy Stevens Sav­age was raised in Starkville and has made this her home all her adult life. She makes a liv­ing as a hair­dresser at Park Place Sa­lon. Many, many of you know her and/or her mother, Faye Stevens. Christy’s son, Matt, was crit­i­cally in­jured in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent on July 3 and is in in­ten­sive care at UAB hos­pi­tal in Birm­ing­ham, with months of care ahead. Matt, a grad­u­ate of West Point Mil­i­tary Academy, is a cap­tain in the US Army. His ex­penses will be great, but he also has good ben­e­fits be­cause of his mil­i­tary ser­vice. Christy, how­ever, has not left and will not leave his side. All the prepa­ra­tion in the world with dis­abil­ity in­sur­ance, health in­sur­ance, etc. could not have pre­pared for this young man’s mother to be out of work for months and car­ing for him two hours from home.

If you’re a com­puter user, please con­sider go­ing to GoFundMe and search for Matt Sav­age, then make a con­tri­bu­tion on­line, if you’re able. If you pre­fer, you can call or text me at 662-418-7957 and make a con­tri­bu­tion di­rectly. I’ll get it to Christy. Ask­ing for help is next to im­pos­si­ble for most peo­ple, but Starkville’s spirit of be­ing there when we’re needed is what makes us spe­cial. It’s what makes Starkville an ideal place to live, work… and re­tire.

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