South Mississippis lower six counties Pearl River, Stone, George, Jackson, Harrison and Hancock offer a range of diversity. Residents of the upper three counties enjoy rural living and pastoral scenes, yet they are close to the amenities of nearby larger cities. Residents of the lower three counties enjoy life by the beach, gambling, shopping and urban amenities, yet they are near rural areas with the nature and quality of life they afford. All of that combined makes for a great place to live. In this 2013 Guide to Gulf Coast Living, we talk to residents of all of South Mississippis communities to find out what they like about their communities in an effort to give readers a sense of all that South Mississippi has to offer.