Located on the Gulf Coast, Gautier, Miss., was ranked as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance. The city embodies traditional Southern charm with an identity as "Nature's Playground" to promote a relaxed local lifestyle. With a population of approximately 19,000, Gautier attracts new residents from all over the country who wish to take advantage of serene natural beauty and the city's central location. Search for Gautier apartments for rent, and find Southern hospitality on the Mississippi shore.
Fernando Upton Gautier established a homestead at the mouth of the Pascagoula River Basin in 1867. The town remained a rural community until shipyard workers moved into the area at the beginning of World War II to help the war effort. Today, Gautier is one of the largest cities in Mississippi, with residents who are proud of their heritage. With beautiful natural surroundings, residents here take advantage of the city's acclaimed public school system and close proximity to the services and amenities at the nearby University of Southern Mississippi. Gautier apartments are home to people of all ages, as the city was also voted as one of the Best Places to Retire by U.S. News and World Report in 2009. Living in Gautier allows residents to enjoy a Southern lifestyle without breaking the bank. The city's cost of living index of 88 is well below the United States average.
Gautier is home to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, which was established to protect the unique habitat of the endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes. Families can visit designated areas in the refuge or take guided tours to observe wildlife in the wet pine savanna. Eco-Tours of South Mississippi also connects visitors to nature with trips through the Pascagoula River. As the largest unimpeded river in the continental United States, the river is a great place to see different species of plants and animals up-close. The city hosts the annual Gautier Mullet and Music Festival, which features events including an art festival, popular live bands, educational exhibits, live demonstrations and food vendors.
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