These Are The 10 Safest Places In Mississippi For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Mississippi where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Mississippi, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Petal.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Magnolia State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 31 cities in Mississippi with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Mississippi

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Mississippi.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 84 crimes committed in Petal which had a reported population of 10,747. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0078 which translates into a 1 in 127 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 31 of the biggest cities in Mississippi to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 31 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Mississippi".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Petal. The most dangerous city in Mississippi? Vicksburg, where residents had a 1 in 14 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Petal

Petal, MS
Source: Public domain

Population: 10,747
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 763 (2nd safest)
More on Petal: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Taking the crown as the safest city in Mississippi for 2018 is Petal -- a classic example of everything that makes Mississippi great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 131.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,373 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Madison

Madison, MS

Population: 26,119
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 758 (1st safest)
More on Madison: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're thinking of moving to Mississippi and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Madison -- the 2nd safest in the Magnolia State.

Madison is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 131.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Madison.

3. Brandon

Brandon, MS

Population: 23,824
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 902 (3rd safest)
More on Brandon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Brandon ranks as the 3rd safest city in Mississippi.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Brandon.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Long Beach

Long Beach, MS
Source: Public domain

Population: 15,708
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,298 (5th safest)
More on Long Beach: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might be surprised to find Long Beach this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Long Beach is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Magnolia State boasts the 5th best property crime rate and 4th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Horn Lake

Horn Lake, MS

Population: 27,077
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,588 (7th safest)
More on Horn Lake: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is Horn Lake, MS.

You get what you pay for in Horn Lake -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,353 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Horn Lake residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Horn Lake in a heartbeat.

6. Hernando

Hernando, MS

Population: 15,793
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 151 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,197 (4th safest)
More on Hernando: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Hernando, the 6th safest city in Mississippi.

The town of some 15793 people will have to try and continue to keep Hernando a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Hernando?

7. Southaven

Southaven, MS

Population: 53,310
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 110 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,776 (9th safest)
More on Southaven: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Southaven is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Mississippi.

It has 1 in 36.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 903 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Mississippi.

8. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, MS

Population: 36,513
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 183 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,552 (6th safest)
More on Olive Branch: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The eighth safest city in Mississippi for 2018 goes to Olive Branch. Let's see why.

There were only 67 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 932 property crimes to boot.

9. Pass Christian

Pass Christian, MS
Source: Public domain

Population: 5,690
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 175 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,636 (8th safest)
More on Pass Christian: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Mississippi, may we present Pass Christian as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Mississippi, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

150 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 8th best in Mississippi on a rate basis.

10. Oxford

Oxford, MS

Population: 23,052
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 169 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,802 (10th safest)
More on Oxford: PhotosReal Estate | Data

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Oxford.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Oxford residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 39 violent crimes and 646 property crimes in Oxford; that's really good for a place of 23052 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Magnolia State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Petal is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Mississippi residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Mississippi according to the data:

  1. Vicksburg
  2. Mccomb
  3. Jackson
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List Of Safest Cities In Mississippi For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Petal, MS 1 1 10,747 18 763
Madison, MS 2 3 26,119 53 758
Brandon, MS 3 2 23,824 62 902
Long Beach, MS 4 4 15,708 70 2,298
Horn Lake, MS 5 6 27,077 73 2,588
Hernando, MS 6 - 15,793 151 2,197
Southaven, MS 7 - 53,310 110 2,776
Olive Branch, MS 8 9 36,513 183 2,552
Pass Christian, MS 9 13 5,690 175 2,636
Oxford, MS 10 5 23,052 169 2,802
Amory, MS 11 7 7,022 142 3,161
West Point, MS 12 15 10,935 256 2,880
Ocean Springs, MS 13 14 17,688 158 3,827
Gautier, MS 14 8 18,566 280 3,145
Flowood, MS 15 12 8,879 259 3,547
Batesville, MS 16 28 7,371 257 4,015
Ridgeland, MS 17 11 24,406 340 2,986
D'iberville, MS 18 16 11,795 118 7,028
Waveland, MS 19 - 6,382 266 4,669
Laurel, MS 20 19 18,894 418 4,477
Gulfport, MS 21 17 72,668 313 5,254
Holly Springs, MS 22 24 7,596 1,632 3,225
Greenville, MS 23 - 31,732 277 6,205
Hattiesburg, MS 24 18 47,006 312 5,854
Natchez, MS 25 20 15,003 426 5,032
Meridian, MS 26 22 39,364 594 4,605
Picayune, MS 27 21 10,631 442 4,816
Biloxi, MS 28 26 45,952 393 5,834
Jackson, MS 29 25 170,070 853 4,635
Mccomb, MS 30 - 12,632 506 5,375
Vicksburg, MS 31 23 22,986 587 6,221

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