A thriving city renowned for its charm, culture, and home to the University of Mississippi, as well as being ranked the #4 Best Place to Live in Mississippi with an overall grade of "A" byNiche.com, we can easily answer the question, is Oxford, MS a good place to live? But don’t just take our word for it. We’re sharing everything you need to know about our beloved Oxford so you can experience firsthand why our vibrant city is truly a great place to live.
Situated in the northern part of Mississippi known for its heavily forested hills, picturesque Oxford is minutes from Sardis Lake and Holly Springs National Forest and is the county seat of Lafayette County. This ideal location offers easy access to major southern metro areas including Little Rock, Memphis, Birmingham, Jackson, St. Louis, and Atlanta -- with just a few hours drive or a quick plane ride.
Founded in 1837 and named after the famed British collegiate city, Oxford, MS is known for a great deal of exciting things. Oxford is home of the University of Mississippi founded in 1848 and affectionately known as ‘Ole Miss’. It is the childhood home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, William Faulkner, and where the author lived out his life in Rowan Oak, a Greek Revival house constructed in the 1840s, now open for tours.
Oxford also claims the South’s oldest store, Nielson’s Department Store, which was founded in 1839. The store is still in business today, located on Oxford’s beautiful Courthouse Square. The Square is located in the central business district and is the hub of social and business life in Oxford. You’ll find a variety of long-standing boutique shops, restaurants, museums, and art galleries on The Square all within five minutes of new homes in Oxford, MS from Oxford Commons.
Residents of new homes in Oxford, MS enjoy four mild seasons with temperatures that range from as low as 32 degrees F in the winter to 92 degrees F in the warmer summer months. August is typically the hottest month of the year and January is typically the coldest. The average annual rainfall is 54 inches, and the average humidity is 56%.
What isn’t there to do is more to the question! Whether you’re an alumnus, current student or simply a fan, there are plenty of fun times to be had tailgating at The Grove before the big game at Ole Miss. History and architecture aficionados will love touring the campus grounds, visiting historical homes like Rowan Oak or touring the many local museums, including the University Museum, L.Q.C. Lamar Museum or the Burns-Belfry Museum.
If you prefer more physical activities or outdoor recreation, you’ll love the beautiful walking trails and parks both in Oxford Commons and throughout the city. Sardis Lake offers ample fishing and excellent water sports opportunities. Hike through 155,000 acres in Holly Springs National Forest located just northeast of Oxford.
The Courthouse Square, known simply by the locals as The Square, is teeming with things to do every day of the week. Dine out at one of the dozens of restaurants, including Bouré, Funky’s, Insomnia Cookies, and the city’s most well-known, City Grocery Bar. Catch some live music at one of the many bars, Lyric, Rooster’s Blues House, or Rafters Music and More. If you love shopping, The Square has endless options from boutique stores to locally hand-crafted gifts and a number of art galleries for the art collectors.
Families with children can take advantage of sending their children to some of Mississippi's highest-rated public schools. Recognized annually as an “A” school district by the Mississippi Department of Education, the Oxford School District is one of the top school districts in the state. Since 2017, our “one-to-one” district has provided Mac laptops and iPads for instruction for every child. And the #1 High School in Mississippi is located just across the street from Oxford Commons -- a community built by the award-winning home builder in Oxford, MS, Blackburn Homes.
We invite you to come experience the charm of our beautiful city and see how quickly you’ll discover why Oxford is truly a great place to live!