Established in 1994 as an education-based organization focused on retiree attraction as an economic development strategy, The American Association of Retirement Communities is a not-for-profit professional association. The AARC is one of the few non-profit, cooperative organizations in the industry that does research on and for retirement communities.

The AARC Seal of Approval program was established to recognize communities and master-planned developments that possess the resources and amenities to attract today’s relocating retiree, evaluating such areas as Quality of Life (healthcare, retiree-appropriate housing, Adult Education, Services, Recreational and Cultural Opportunities, Crime Rate and more) and formal commitment to retiree attraction and programs (governmental and other retiree-focused organizations). Seal of Approval recipients have submitted their community and its programs to scrutiny by the volunteer board of the AARC.

With the goal of providing an unbiased perspective on retirement communities for potential buyers, the AARC Seal of Approval has gained growing prominence in the retiree buying process. We encourage feedback on ways to make the AARC a greater resource in your decision process – send an email to

Hattiesburg, MS

Type: City-Region

Greater Hattiesburg is known for its low cost of living, quick access to New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, area attractions and recreational activities. A thriving healthcare system, educational institutions and strong military presence make Hattiesburg a fabulous place to live and play.
The area offers programs geared specifically for retirees such as Senior Fair and Senior Prom. One of the most popular educational options is the University of Southern Mississippi’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI); an association for folks 50 years of age or older who seek to explore learning experiences while developing new friendships through special-interest classes and trips.


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