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Safest Places to Live in Mississippi 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Mississippi is located in the south of the United States. It has a coastline of the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. The population of Mississippi is around 3 million, which makes it the 32nd most populous state in the United States. With a population of 175,000, Jackson is the state’s capital and the largest city.

Of course, Mississippi was a Confederate state and its economy largely depended on plantations, slaves and agriculture. At the present time, the state’s economy still heavily relies on agriculture. It is mainly a rural state, with not such a high level of education, health, and median household income.

Mississippi has traditionally been a state of racial, political and many other kinds of conflict. First, there was a conflict during the Civil War. Nowadays, there is the everlasting battle between Republicans voted by the white population and Democrats voted by the black population. Perhaps these conflicts are the reason why Mississippi is the most religious of all states in the US.

In the period from 2016 to 2017, the violent crime rate in Mississippi went up by 1.4%, which is 1.4% per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 3,000.

20 Safest Places in Mississippi 2020

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Madison26,339110.42
2D’Iberville11,852100.84
3Pass Christian5,90250.85
4Brandon24,125271.12
5Horn Lake27,199321.18
6Flowood9,032121.33
7Southaven53,928751.39
8Oxford24,071361.50
9Byram11,549181.56
10Starkville25,852411.59
11Ocean Springs17,698321.81
12Ridgeland24,551592.40
13Hattiesburg47,1161302.76
14Pascagoula21,928723.28
15Gautier18,451643.47
16Biloxi46,2631783.85
17Batesville7,380304.07
18Gulfport72,7922994.11
19Laurel18,790844.47
20West Point10,817494.53

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Crime Score in All Cities in Mississippi 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Mississippi cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

These are the results that we got:

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Pass Christian5,90250.85
2Flowood9,032121.33
3Batesville7,380304.07

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Madison26,339110.42
2D’Iberville11,852100.84
3Brandon24,125271.12
4Horn Lake27,199321.18
5Oxford24,071361.50
6Byram11,549181.56
7Starkville25,852411.59
8Ocean Springs17,698321.81
9Ridgeland24,551592.40
10Pascagoula21,928723.28
11Gautier18,451643.47
12Laurel18,790844.47
13West Point10,817494.53
14Brookhaven12,334675.43
15Greenwood14,146845.94

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Southaven53,928751.39
2Hattiesburg47,1161302.76
3Biloxi46,2631783.85
4Gulfport72,7922994.11
5Meridian38,7781945.00

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in your state?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

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