Mississippi’s
Safest Cities

2019

There’s no state that’s more fun to spell other than Mississippi. Located in the Deep South, Mississippi has many cities including Jackson, its capital, plus Gulfport, Biloxi, Southaven, and Hattiesburg. The word Mississippi itself comes from an Algonquin Native American word meaning “great river,” referring of course to the famed Mississippi River. Among its most famous people include Jimmy Buffett, Faith Hill, B.B King, and Elvis Presley, making the state a bastion of music! In fact, you can still visit The King’s birthplace in Tupelo. Aside from its celebrities, Mississippi is known for its many bodies of water, including the aforementioned Mississippi River, Yazoo River, the Gulf of Mexico, Grenada Lake, and more.

What to do while in Mississippi? Well, a ton, but to name a few:

  • Vicksburg National Military Park: A battleground in the Civil War, this museum educates people on the Vicksburg Campaign.
  • Ship Island: An island off the coast of the state in the Gulf of Mexico, this is a great place not only to swim, but also to learn more about the Civil War.
  • Beau Rivage Resort and Casino: For those that like to gamble, make sure to check out this waterfront casino which includes a hotel, poo, spa, bars, and restaurants.

No matter where you go in Mississippi, you should probably learn a thing or two about its safest cities. Number one is Petal, a city right along the Leaf River in Forrest County. According to FBI statistics, the city had no violent crimes and only 8.38 property crimes per 1,000 people!  Other top choices include Madison, Brandon, and Byram.

2.857

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

1.552
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
27.339

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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1
Petal, Mississippi
Petal
Safety Score: 86.8

Petal, MS

Population 10,743
Median Income 56,467
Households 3,773
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.19
Property Crimes 8.38
Property Crime 0.75

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Madison, Mississippi
Madison
Safety Score: 86.04

Madison, MS

Population 26,339
Median Income 103,121
Households 9,151
Violent Crime 0.42
Violent Crime -0.12
Property Crimes 9.53
Property Crime 1.95

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Brandon, Mississippi
Brandon
Safety Score: 85.13

Brandon, MS

Population 24,125
Median Income 72,529
Households 8,563
Violent Crime 1.12
Violent Crime +0.49
Property Crimes 9.28
Property Crime 0.26

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Byram, Mississippi
Byram
Safety Score: 77.17

Byram, MS

Population 11,549
Median Income 63,932
Households 4,320
Violent Crime 1.56
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 20.61
Property Crime NAN

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Pass Christian, Mississippi
Pass Christ.
Safety Score: 73.63

Pass Christian, MS

Population 5,902
Median Income 51,094
Households 2,088
Violent Crime 0.85
Violent Crime -0.91
Property Crimes 26.6
Property Crime 0.24

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Horn Lake, Mississippi
Horn Lake
Safety Score: 73.46

Horn Lake, MS

Population 27,199
Median Income 47,300
Households 9,426
Violent Crime 1.18
Violent Crime +0.44
Property Crimes 25.85
Property Crime -0.04

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
Ridgeland
Safety Score: 72.87

Ridgeland, MS

Population 24,551
Median Income 54,833
Households 10,615
Violent Crime 2.4
Violent Crime -1
Property Crimes 25.78
Property Crime -4.09

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Oxford, Mississippi
Oxford
Safety Score: 72.48

Oxford, MS

Population 24,071
Median Income 36,561
Households 9,456
Violent Crime 1.5
Violent Crime -0.19
Property Crimes 27.59
Property Crime -0.43

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Southaven, Mississippi
Southaven
Safety Score: 72.32

Southaven, MS

Population 53,928
Median Income 60,093
Households 18,737
Violent Crime 1.39
Violent Crime +0.28
Property Crimes 27.43
Property Crime -0.33

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West Point, Mississippi
West Point
Safety Score: 70.28

West Point, MS

Population 10,817
Median Income 28,571
Households 4,198
Violent Crime 4.53
Violent Crime +1.97
Property Crimes 25.52
Property Crime -3.29

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Brookhaven, Mississippi
Brookhaven
Safety Score: 68.59

Brookhaven, MS

Population 12,334
Median Income 30,432
Households 4,506
Violent Crime 5.43
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 27.73
Property Crime NAN

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Starkville, Mississippi
Starkville
Safety Score: 65.86

Starkville, MS

Population 25,852
Median Income 36,700
Households 9,833
Violent Crime 1.59
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 35.66
Property Crime NAN

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Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Ocean Sprin.
Safety Score: 64.75

Ocean Springs, MS

Population 17,698
Median Income 55,935
Households 6,301
Violent Crime 1.81
Violent Crime +0.23
Property Crimes 37.91
Property Crime -0.36

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Gautier, Mississippi
Gautier
Safety Score: 62.11

Gautier, MS

Population 18,451
Median Income 49,784
Households 6,869
Violent Crime 3.47
Violent Crime +0.67
Property Crimes 39.08
Property Crime 7.62

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Batesville, Mississippi
Batesville
Safety Score: 61.52

Batesville, MS

Population 7,380
Median Income 48,003
Households 2,627
Violent Crime 4.07
Violent Crime +1.49
Property Crimes 41.33
Property Crime 1.17

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Meridian, Mississippi
Meridian
Safety Score: 60.94

Meridian, MS

Population 38,778
Median Income 31,664
Households 16,027
Violent Crime 5
Violent Crime -0.94
Property Crimes 38.73
Property Crime -7.33

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Hattiesburg
Safety Score: 58.84

Hattiesburg, MS

Population 47,116
Median Income 32,009
Households 17,690
Violent Crime 2.76
Violent Crime -0.37
Property Crimes 44.85
Property Crime -13.7

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Holly Springs, Mississippi
Holly Sprin.
Safety Score: 57.8

Holly Springs, MS

Population 7,682
Median Income 28,886
Households 2,339
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -16.32
Property Crimes 33.72
Property Crime 1.47

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Waveland, Mississippi
Waveland
Safety Score: 55.02

Waveland, MS

Population 6,426
Median Income 46,453
Households 2,532
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.66
Property Crimes 54.15
Property Crime 7.46

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Laurel, Mississippi
Laurel
Safety Score: 54.69

Laurel, MS

Population 18,790
Median Income 30,010
Households 6,925
Violent Crime 4.47
Violent Crime +0.29
Property Crimes 48.7
Property Crime 3.92

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Gulfport, Mississippi
Gulfport
Safety Score: 53.77

Gulfport, MS

Population 72,792
Median Income 37,243
Households 28,377
Violent Crime 4.11
Violent Crime +0.97
Property Crimes 50.31
Property Crime -2.23

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Vicksburg, Mississippi
Vicksburg
Safety Score: 46.12

Vicksburg, MS

Population 22,772
Median Income 29,799
Households 9,277
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -5.87
Property Crimes 59.81
Property Crime -2.4

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Biloxi, Mississippi
Biloxi
Safety Score: 44.26

Biloxi, MS

Population 46,263
Median Income 43,632
Households 17,641
Violent Crime 3.85
Violent Crime -0.09
Property Crimes 64.05
Property Crime 5.71

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Pascagoula, Mississippi
Pascagoula
Safety Score: 43.66

Pascagoula, MS

Population 21,928
Median Income 38,651
Households 8,405
Violent Crime 3.28
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 66.13
Property Crime NAN

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McComb, Mississippi
McComb
Safety Score: 39.33

McComb, MS

Population 12,812
Median Income 29,489
Households 4,931
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -5.07
Property Crimes 65.02
Property Crime 11.27

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D'Iberville, Mississippi
D'Iberville
Safety Score: 38.97

D'Iberville, MS

Population 11,852
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 0.84
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 76.53
Property Crime NAN

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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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