Community and Opportunity

Welcome to Petal

Known as "The Friendly City," Petal stands out with one of the best school systems in the state, ensuring top-notch education for your children. But that's not all – our economy is on the rise, bustling with new businesses setting up shop and creating a vibrant community full of opportunities. Whether you're looking to advance your career, start a new venture, or find a wonderful place to raise a family, Petal is brimming with possibilities. Discover the charm of Petal, where community and opportunity come together to create a place you'll love to call home.

What to Love

  • Top-notch schools offering excellent educational programs
  • Robust real estate market with high buyer demand and home values 
  • A wide range of housing options, from cozy single-family homes to spacious estates

Local Lifestyle

A drive through Petal instantly showcases its lush greenery, from well-maintained parks to picturesque landscapes, illustrating why it's a cherished part of Mississippi. Beyond nature's embrace, the city's streets are lined with a mix of quaint boutiques, family-owned eateries, and modern amenities, making it both comfortably traditional and refreshingly contemporary.
Community involvement is palpable, with local events, sports leagues, and town meetings creating a close-knit environment where everyone knows one another. As the sun sets, painting the sky in hues of pink and gold, residents often gather at local spots to savor Southern cuisine or share stories of the day. The rhythm of life here is unhurried, allowing for genuine connections and moments of quiet reflection.

Dining and Entertainment

Whether you’re seeking an unforgettable gastronomic experience or a laid-back luncheon with friends and family, Petal’s culinary scene is as impressive as it is delicious. For mouthwatering barbecue, check out Leatha's Barbeque, home to a vast selection of melt-in-your-mouth meats and flavor-packed sauces. If you're in the mood for Japanese cuisine, FUJI YAMA and Yamato Steakhouse are local favorites.  And don’t forget to stop by The Ssipp Cafe for a biscuit and an excellent cup of coffee. 
Become an integral part of the community through the events, programs, and festivities hosted at the Petal Branch Library, a hub of learning and involvement. To reconnect with nature, spend some time outdoors at Petal’s most verdant green spaces and recreational hotspots: Petal City Park, Petal Relay Park, and Friendly Park

Things to Do

Indulge in a whirlwind of fun at Southern Bowling Lanes Inc., a popular bowling alley located on S Main Street. Afterward, treat yourself to a new wardrobe piece or one-of-a-kind find at one of Petal’s locally-owned boutiques and specialty shops, such as Fig Boutique Petal and The Vinyl Basket

Education is Top Priority in Petal

Many come to Petal because of its excellent schools. The Petal School District, covering grades PreK through 12 and serving over 4,000 students, boasts a graduation rate of 98.6% – one of the highest in Mississippi. Petal High School is known for its strong football team, show choir, and marching band, among other programs. The local community shows strong support for these schools.  Petal HS students consistently receive more than 10 million dollars a year in college scholarships. Petal has been recognized nationally as a Blue Ribbon School and was the first Excel by 5 school in Mississippi. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Petal Real Estate:

1. What is the current state of the Petal housing market?

Petal's real estate market has historically shown steady growth, with recent data for June 2024 suggesting a continuation of this trend. The market remains competitive, particularly for move-in ready homes in established neighborhoods with mature trees and close proximity to top-rated schools. Median sale prices might show a slight increase year-over-year, and inventory levels might be lower compared to previous months.

2. What types of properties are available in Petal?

Petal offers a diverse housing landscape catering to various needs and budgets. Single-family homes dominate the market, ranging from affordable starter bungalows and cozy ranch-style dwellings to larger family homes in established neighborhoods. The availability of condominiums and townhomes is limited, reflecting the preference for single-family residences with private yards. Opportunities exist for new construction within some developing subdivisions on the outskirts of town.

3. What are the advantages of living in Petal?

Beyond the undeniable allure of a friendly and welcoming community atmosphere, affordable cost of living, and charming historic downtown, Petal offers a plethora of advantages. The Petal School District boasts a strong reputation for academic excellence, solidifying the area's appeal for families. The convenient access to the vibrant city center of Hattiesburg ensures residents can enjoy a wider range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Numerous parks and recreational facilities provide opportunities for outdoor activities and a connection with nature.

4. What are some things to consider before buying in Petal?

While offering a generally lower cost of living compared to the national average, Petal's real estate market can still be competitive for desirable properties. Car ownership is essential for navigating the area, running errands, and exploring the surrounding region. Public transportation options are limited. Depending on the specific workplace location, commute times to Hattiesburg might be a factor to consider.

5. Is Petal a good place to raise a family?

Petal offers a safe and secure environment for families with access to the highly-regarded Petal School District. The abundance of parks, recreational activities, and a strong sense of community create a positive backdrop for raising children. The availability of affordable, family-friendly single-family homes with yards caters to the needs of growing families. However, the limited public transportation options and potential commute times for some workplaces in Hattiesburg might be a consideration for some families. Ultimately, the suitability depends on individual family needs and priorities.

Overview for Petal, MS

11,342 people live in Petal, where the median age is 35.2 and the average individual income is $27,271. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Petal, MS

There's plenty to do around Petal, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Ssipp Café, Hub City Beers, and Mom & Dad's Country Cooking Buffet.

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Dining 1.61 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.96 miles 8 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 2.22 miles 8 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.8 miles 4 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.7 miles 11 reviews 4.7/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.3 miles 18 reviews 4.7/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Petal, MS

Petal has 4,114 households, with an average household size of 2.74. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Petal do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 11,342 people call Petal home. The population density is 676.3 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Petal, MS

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The following schools are within or nearby Petal. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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