'Home Town' Fans Really Want to Know the Truth About the Filming Location

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Photo credit: Discovery


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Though many home-renovation shows visit various towns across America, HGTV's Home Town isn't like the others.

The popular series, starring home reno enthusiasts Ben and Erin Napier, is all about paying tribute to the American small-town life. Every episode highlights the couple's dedication to rebuilding and revamping the area's historic homes while helping out their neighbors in the process. Together with Ben's craftsmanship skills and Erin's creative eye as an artist, the two are unstoppable and wind up improving their town while maintaining its original local charm.

Of course, after seeing Ben and Erin at work, many watching the HGTV show want to know more about the Napiers' hometown where all of this gorgeous and important renovation work is taking place.

So where is Home Town filmed?

What makes Home Town so special is that all of the work is being done in Ben and Erin's actual home town of Laurel, Mississippi. According to the town's website, Laurel's population is 18,500 and is located 30 miles north of Hattiesburg and 60 miles south of Meridian. The town was once also the the home to several celebrities, including Lance Bass, Leontyne Price, Parker Posey, Ralph Boston and Akeem Davis.

Of course, since the show first began in 2016, Laurel has made tremendous progress. Not only is there a tourism boom in the area, but the Napiers believe people are buying vacation houses in the area at lightning speed.

Photo credit: Discovery
Photo credit: Discovery

"The second a house goes on the market, it gets snatched up," Erin told Pop Sugar in January, with Ben adding: "We've had visitors from New Zealand, Australia and Europe [to our shops]. People are coming from everywhere to see this little town that HGTV introduced them to."

Since doing so much work in Laurel, Ben and Erin have gone on to help other small towns. In Home Town Takeover, the Napiers shift their focus to Wetumpka, Alabama. The town was reportedly chosen for the HGTV spinoff show after the series received 5,000 submissions representing 2,600 towns from across the country.

As for Ben's Discovery+ show Home Town: Ben's Workshop, the beloved woodworker helps celebrity guests to work on various projects.

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