Highway 49 serves as the main roadway in Richland. Highway 49 connects with I-20 just north of the city for easy commutes throughout the area. As a spread out, somewhat rural area, you'll need a car to travel around Richland. The quiet country lanes that wind through the cozy neighborhoods are perfect for evening walks and afternoon bike rides.
Richland features two main parks: Richland Westside Park and Richland Eastside Park. Richland Westside Park features ball fields, picnic areas, a playground, and a paved walking trail. Richland Eastside Park features a pavilion, picnic areas, a playground, tennis courts, a community center, and ball fields.
The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, established by the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks is located right outside Richland. When you visit the museum, bring your hiking shoes and camera so you can enjoy the many nature trails and view local wildlife and birds along the way. Enjoy the aquariums and exhibits located in the museum that feature dinosaur and natural science artifacts. If you have children, they can attend the summer camps and educational resources offered at the museum. It's just a wonderful learning experience for the whole family.
Richland is fast-growing and highly desirable. As a result, the cost of living is slightly higher than the state average. In Richland, a home costs about $108,000, which is slightly higher than the Mississippi average of $98,000. The average rent for apartments in Richland is about $825.
Rankin County was formed in 1828 and was named for Christopher Rankin, who moved to the Mississippi Territory in 1809 from his home state of Pennsylvania. Rankin was elected to the territorial legislature in 1812. He later served as a US Representative, from 1819 until 1826.
After moving to Richland, be sure to visit the Old Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark, this stately building now serves as a museum. Built in 1839, it served until the state capitol until 1903. Today, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the state's history, complete with interactive exhibits and a variety of artifacts.
In Richland, the main shopping area is located along Highway 49 and Harper Street. Here, you'll find Walmart, GameStop, Cato Fashions, and Hibbett Sports. Just outside of Richland, the Outlets of Mississippi is a terrific shopping destination, featuring stores like Coach, Cole Haan Outlet, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Banana Republic, White House Black Market, and more. Across from the outlets you'll find Bass Pro Shops, which features a variety of sporting goods and outdoor gear.
If you love antiquing, head into nearby Flowood and explore the Flowoods Antique Flea Market. This large market is open every weekend and covers 65,000 square feet. Explore the more than 150 booths and find some great treasures for decorating your new apartment. Head up to Market Street and spend the day shopping at the variety of stores here -- From Belk's and JCPenney to Kirkland's and HomeGoods to Dick's Sporting Goods.
You'll find a variety of restaurants near the intersection of Highway 49 and Harper Street, including local favorites like the Crawfish King and El Ranchito. Just across I-20, the Outlets of Mississippi has a food court, while next door at Bass Pro Shops, you'll find the tropics-inspired Uncle Buck's Grill.
Neighboring Flowood (home to Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport)is home to Market Street Flowood, a large shopping area situated along Lakeland Drive. Here you'll find several restaurants like the hip and trendy Georgia Blue and the stylish Ichiban Chinese Buffet - Flowood. If you want outstanding Mexican food, head to El Potrillo, which gets top marks for its Aztec-inspired décor, its beef and shrimp fajitas, and the outstanding cheese dip.
Residents also have the option of driving into downtown Jackson, which houses a variety of restaurants like Parlor Market, a rustic Southern café in a historic building. After dinner, be sure to check out the Iron Horse Grill, which often hosts live music.