Oxford, described by its fans as the quintessential southern town, may be best known for its famous residents, such as author William Faulkner or New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. But there are plenty of other reasons to love living here. Residents say you'll always be warmly greeted as you wander around the gracious town square, whether you stop for a morning pastry at the Bottletree Bakery or the award-winning fare at the City Grocery. Home to the University of Mississippi and its 15,000 students, Oxford also boasts an impressive volunteer community, plentiful golf courses, and the university's Blues Archive, one of the world's most extensive collections of blues recordings. And, of course, the town worships football: for Ole Miss' home games, the Grove is the liveliest place in the state, as fans pack the ten-acre area with elaborate tailgate spreads.
- Vibe: Football meets Faulkner
- Population: 14,911
- Median housing price: $185,750
- Average number of sunny days: 217