BusinessWeek cites Biloxi as best to raise children

BusinessWeek has named Biloxi as Mississippi’s best place for raising children.

The magazine said its most important factors in analyzing communities across the country with a population of at least 50,000 was school performance, affordability, and safety. The criteria also considered cost of living, air quality, job growth, racial diversity, and local parks, ball fields, zoos, recreation centers, museums, and theaters.

In a story on its online edition, BusinessWeek said of Biloxi, “The coastal city is going through a building boom in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. It is famous for its casinos, Gulf Coast beaches, and saltwater fishing.”

The report listed Biloxi has having a population of 50,833 and a median household income of $52,786.

Runners up for the Mississippi honor were Gulfport and Jackson. Mount Prospect, Ill., a quiet Chicago suburb with a population of just over 56,000, was named the winner of BusinessWeek’s second annual roundup of the Best Places in America to Raise Kids.

To see the Biloxi section of the report and find a link to the overall story,
click here.

News and notes

Veterans parade: To see photos from Saturday’s Veterans parade through downtown Biloxi, click here.

Library work: Contractors demolishing the downtown building that once housed the Biloxi library have closed Jackson Street north of the site for the next couple of days. Motorists should use an alternate route.

Holiday: All non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi are closed today for Veterans Day. All offices and divisions will re-open at their appointed times Wednesday.