Area Information


Hattiesburg was founded in 1882 by Captain William H. Hardy, a civil engineer, and was incorporated in 1884. Originally called Twin Forks and later Gordonville, Hardy eventually renamed the city in honor of his wife, Hattie. The arrival of a railroad line running from Meridian, Mississippi through Hattiesburg and on to New Orleans led the city to become part of the lumber boom in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Hattiesburg gained its nickname “The Hub City” due to its location at the intersection of several important rail lines, and later U.S. highways and interstates. The founding of nearby Camp Shelby, now a military mobilization center, benefited Hattiesburg greatly throughout the twentieth century and is now one of the largest reserve training sites in the country.

The weather in our city consists of warm, humid summers with average highs in the low 90s and short, mild winters with the temperature usually dropping no lower than 40; snowfall is extremely rare. Spring thunderstorms are a regular occurrence, as high temperatures can reach 70 degrees by March.

Educational opportunities in the Hattiesburg area are vast, with numerous public and private high schools available. Our area is also home to the public University of Southern Mississippi and the private William Carey University.

Comprehensive health care services in our region are provided by Forrest General Hospital, Wesley Medical Center, the Hattiesburg Clinic and Camellia Home Health & Hospice.

There’s plenty to do both indoors and out in the Hattiesburg area. Enjoy the water and woods at Little Black Creek Water Park or Paul B. Johnson State Park, rent a canoe for an exciting trip down the Okatoma River, or simply enjoy a peaceful stroll through the All-American Rose Garden.


If you’re a fan of history and culture, our city plays host to the African American Military History Museum and the Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby. Hattiesburg is also home to thriving nightlife, USM football games at M.M. Roberts Stadium and a wonderful historic downtown district with unique shops and fun festivals year-round.

The area around Hattiesburg boasts pleasant weather, a bustling downtown, diverse economy and plenty of recreational activities both in and out of the city. If you need a little southern hospitality in your life, give United Country a call today!

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