10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Mississippi For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Mississippi have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Mississippi.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Mississippi? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Mississippi, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Mississippi and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Mississippi anyways?

To give you the places in Mississippi which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Magnolia State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Mississippi, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Mississippi, that meant a total of 25 cities.

Read on to see why Brandon is where all the families are headed, while Mccomb is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Mississippi For 2019

Brandon, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,421
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 36.4%
More on Brandon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brandon is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi. The population was 21,705 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rankin County. Brandon is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area and located east of the state capital.

Petal, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,669
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 38.9%
More on Petal: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Petal is a city in Forrest County, Mississippi, along the Leaf River. It is part of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 10,454 in the 2010 census.

Southaven, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 52,434
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 36.5%
More on Southaven: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Southaven is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. It is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, and a principal city in the Memphis metropolitan area. The 2010 census reported a population of 48,982, making Southaven the third-largest city in Mississippi. Southaven is traversed from north to south by the I-55/I-69 freeway. The city’s name derives from the fact that Southaven is located south of Whitehaven, a neighborhood in Memphis.

Horn Lake, MS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,804
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 32
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 33.7%
More on Horn Lake: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brookhaven, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,289
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Brookhaven: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brookhaven is a small city in Lincoln County, Mississippi, United States, 60 miles south of the state capital of Jackson. The population was 12,520 at the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the county seat of Lincoln County. It was named after the Town of Brookhaven, New York by founder Samuel Jayne in 1818.

Laurel, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,661
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 29.2%
More on Laurel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Laurel is a city in and the second county seat of Jones County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 18,548. It is located northeast of Ellisville, the first county seat, which contains the first county courthouse. Laurel has the second county courthouse, as there are two judicial districts in Jones County.

Hattiesburg, MS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 46,495
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 24.9%
More on Hattiesburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hattiesburg is a city in the U.S. state of Mississippi, primarily in Forrest County and extending west into Lamar County. The city population was 45,989 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 46,805 in 2015. It is the principal city of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties.

Madison, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,350
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 38.8%
More on Madison: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Madison is a city in Madison County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 24,841 at the 2010 census. The population is currently over 25,000. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Gulfport, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 71,318
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on Gulfport: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gulfport is the second largest city in Mississippi after the state capital, Jackson. It is the larger of the two principal cities of the Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city of Gulfport had a total population of 67,793. Gulfport is co-county seat with Biloxi of Harrison County, Mississippi. Gulfport is also home to the US Navy Atlantic Fleet Seabees.

Clinton, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,398
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 32.9%
More on Clinton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Clinton is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, it is the tenth largest city in Mississippi. The population was 25,216 at the 2010 United States Census.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Mississippi

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Mississippi ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Mississippi according to the data:

  1. Mccomb
  2. Biloxi
  3. Ridgeland

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Mississippi

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Brandon, MS 23,421 58
2 Petal, MS 10,669 37
3 Southaven, MS 52,434 38
4 Horn Lake, MS 26,804 54
5 Brookhaven, MS 12,289 50
6 Laurel, MS 18,661 40
7 Hattiesburg, MS 46,495 70
8 Madison, MS 25,350 42
9 Gulfport, MS 71,318 68
10 Clinton, MS 25,398 36
11 West Point, MS 10,903 68
12 Byram, MS 11,660 36
13 Starkville, MS 24,954 58
14 D’iberville, MS 11,150 58
15 Meridian, MS 39,213 41
16 Jackson, MS 170,393 94
17 Pascagoula, MS 21,935 55
18 Vicksburg, MS 22,961 52
19 Ocean Springs, MS 17,514 45
20 Oxford, MS 22,092 54
21 Greenwood, MS 14,496 45
22 Gautier, MS 18,555 32
23 Ridgeland, MS 24,312 45
24 Biloxi, MS 45,328 33
25 Mccomb, MS 12,620 48

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