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

McComb, MS

Type: City-Region

McComb is a Certified Retirement Community with a mild four season climate, low cost of living and high quality of life.

Area Activities and Opportunities include 63 holes of Golf, abundant fishing and hunting, public boating, special courses at special rates to seniors at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Southwest Mississippi Community College, Pike County Arts Council and its local art galleries and festivals, Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, tax savings for seniors (including income tax exemptions for retirement income), and a 90 minutes or less drive to New Orleans, Natchez, Baton Rouge and Jackson.


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