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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - With a population of about 50,000, the city of Hattiesburg is the fourth largest city in the state and home to the University of Southern Mississippi.

"I love USM, I love Hattiesburg we have a lot of resources a lot of places and things that people can do," said USM student, Kapriatta Jenkins.

Southern Miss. and Hattiesburg ranks number 24 in the '50 Great Affordable College Towns' in the U.S. Southern was the only Mississippi institution to make the list.

"This is a ranking we all can be proud of, because it speaks to the positive attributes both for the city of Hattiesburg and Southern Miss.," said Jim Coll, USM Chief Communications Officer.

The list was created by great-value-colleges.net, a site devoted to helping prospective college students get the best education for their bucks.

"Being able to go to an undergrad institution where I am able to afford that, it provides me with opportunities to go to graduate or medical school and still you know not break the bank," USM student, Kelly Lyles stated.

According to the council for community and economic research Hattiesburg is one of 50 towns with the best cost-of-living index.

The index considers factors that make living comfortable.

"Great access to quality healthcare, to great food and good prices, to a wide range of entertainment options," Coll explained.

The university has a student body of over 15,000 students, from 56 countries, and all 50 states.

Southern Miss offers more than 180 degree programs and administrators say USM's greatest attribute is quality.

"Certainly cost is important no matter what your field or business is...but quality is always the goal and I think this ranking reflects that we have a good healthy combination of affordability and quality," Coll said.
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