These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Mississippi For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Mississippi have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you trying to find love in Mississippi?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Mississippi, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Magnolia State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.

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

These are the best cities for singles in Mississippi. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Oxford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Starkville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hattiesburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Cleveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Pascagoula (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Laurel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Gulfport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Ridgeland (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.

The most boring place in Mississippi? That would be Brandon.

And after you find a mate, you’ll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don’t forget to check out the best places to live in Mississippi or the safest places to live in Mississippi.

How do you determine which city is best for singles in Mississippi anyways?

To give you the places in Mississippi which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Mississippi, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Mississippi, that meant a total of 42 cities.

Read on to see why Oxford is the talk of the town while Brandon is probably a bit on the boring side.

1. Oxford

Oxford, MS

Population: 21,634
Median Age: 26.4
Married households: 26.9%
Households with kids: 20.9%
More on Oxford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Oxford is a city in, and the county seat of, Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. Founded in 1837, it was named after the British university city of Oxford in hopes of having the state university located there, which it did successfully attract.

2. Starkville

Starkville, MS

Population: 25,011
Median Age: 26.9
Married households: 33.3%
Households with kids: 24.6%
More on Starkville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Starkville is a city in and the county seat of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, United States. The Starkville Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Oktibbeha County. The population was 23,888 at the 2010 census.

3. Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg, MS

Population: 46,846
Median Age: 28.5
Married households: 25.3%
Households with kids: 29.7%
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.

4. Cleveland

Cleveland, MS

Population: 12,346
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 32.6%
Households with kids: 29.8%
More on Cleveland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cleveland is a city in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 12,334 as of the 2010 United States Census.

5. Jackson

Jackson, MS

Source: Public domain

Population: 172,039
Median Age: 32.1
Married households: 27.1%
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Jackson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is the primary seat of Hinds County, equally sharing its county power with Raymond, Mississippi. The City of Jackson also owns more than 3,000 acres comprising Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport in Rankin County. Jackson is on the Pearl River, which drains into the Gulf of Mexico, and it is part of the Jackson Prairie region of the state. The city is named after General Andrew Jackson, who was honored for his role in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 and later served as U.S. president.

6. Pascagoula

Pascagoula, MS

Source: Public domain

Population: 22,163
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 35.2%
Households with kids: 23.2%
More on Pascagoula: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Pascagoula is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States. It is the principal city of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area, as a part of the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. The population was 26,200 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Jackson County.

7. Greenwood

Greenwood, MS

Population: 14,780
Median Age: 34.4
Married households: 26.5%
Households with kids: 34.2%
More on Greenwood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenwood is a city in and the county seat of Leflore County, Mississippi, located at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta, approximately 96 miles north of the state capital, Jackson, Mississippi, and 130 miles south of the riverport of Memphis, Tennessee. It was a center of cotton planter culture in the 19th century.

8. Laurel

Laurel, MS

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,806
Median Age: 34.1
Married households: 30.9%
Households with kids: 35.5%
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.

9. Gulfport

Gulfport, MS

Source: Public domain

Population: 71,265
Median Age: 35.2
Married households: 33.8%
Households with kids: 32.5%
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.

10. Ridgeland

Ridgeland, MS

Population: 24,338
Median Age: 33.3
Married households: 36.8%
Households with kids: 32.9%
More on Ridgeland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ridgeland is a city in Madison County, Mississippi. The population was 24,047 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles 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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the most boring cities in Mississippi according to the data:

  1. Brandon
  2. West Point
  3. Madison

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Mississippi

City Rank Population Median Age
Oxford 1 21,634 26.4
Starkville 2 25,011 26.9
Hattiesburg 3 46,846 28.5
Cleveland 4 12,346 33.9
Jackson 5 172,039 32.1
Pascagoula 6 22,163 37.0
Greenwood 7 14,780 34.4
Laurel 8 18,806 34.1
Gulfport 9 71,265 35.2
Ridgeland 10 24,338 33.3
Biloxi 11 45,271 34.3
Horn Lake 12 26,785 33.1
Greenville 13 32,612 35.7
D’iberville 14 10,829 36.3
Clarksdale 15 16,994 32.5
Meridian 16 40,094 35.2
Columbus 17 24,833 37.9
Indianola 18 10,047 33.1
Pearl 19 26,344 34.1
Canton 20 13,504 35.1
Mccomb 21 12,732 34.7
Vicksburg 22 23,320 35.1
Natchez 23 15,345 39.9
Gautier 24 18,541 37.2
Moss Point 25 13,652 44.5
Corinth 26 14,832 39.1
Ocean Springs 27 17,547 41.2
Tupelo 28 38,856 35.6
Southaven 29 51,816 35.1
Grenada 30 12,863 37.3
Hernando 31 15,227 36.1
Petal 32 10,736 36.6
Picayune 33 10,732 36.3
Long Beach 34 15,450 39.7
Bay St. Louis 35 11,448 39.1
Olive Branch 36 35,508 37.1
Byram 37 11,610 33.9
Clinton 38 25,411 35.9
Brookhaven 39 12,418 35.8
Madison 40 25,473 41.2
West Point 41 11,042 37.2
Brandon 42 23,186 38.3

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