These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Mississippi For 2019

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.

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

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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 for 2019. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

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

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

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 2013-2017 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 41 cities.

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

Oxford, MS

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Population: 22,092
Median Age: 26.1
Married households: 27.4%
Households with kids: 19.3%
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.

Starkville, MS

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Population: 24,954
Median Age: 26.7
Married households: 33.9%
Households with kids: 22.8%
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.

Jackson, MS

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Population: 170,393
Median Age: 32.4
Married households: 27.2%
Households with kids: 27.2%
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.

Review Of Jackson by HomeSnacks User

horrible streets and roads, crime, businesses leaving the city or states, going out of business, losing airlines, low business environment, bad schools and less good doctors.

The horrible streets and roads the bad; which aren’t being repaired due to lack of funds in the budget.

Pascagoula, MS

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Population: 21,935
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 34.6%
Households with kids: 22.5%
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.

Cleveland, MS

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Population: 12,157
Median Age: 34.1
Married households: 33.1%
Households with kids: 28.0%
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.

Hattiesburg, MS

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Population: 46,495
Median Age: 28.7
Married households: 26.3%
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.

Greenwood, MS

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Population: 14,496
Median Age: 35.3
Married households: 27.4%
Households with kids: 28.0%
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.

Review Of Greenwood by HomeSnacks User

I lived in Greenwood from ’61-’81 and have spent time going back for family and friends. I can remember when G’wood was a thriving town, bustling with business and wholesome activities in the 60s and 70s. No more. White flight along with an agenda of appeasement for the downtrodden coupled with white guilt absolutely destroyed the area. It isn’t even a shadow of it’s former self. Crime is rampant and areas to stay away from have become larger. Greenwood took pride in keeping higher paying jobs out of the City/County for many decades. Planters and Businesses were probably responsible for most of this. The “powers that be” would Never allow common citizens to “rise” financially or socially as I saw it. The ending will probably be along the lines of Greenwood becoming another Tchula or Mound Bayou with the Hospital, Private Prisons, City and County Government being the main employers. For any of you there still holding on, may I offer………..Get OUT while you can.

You can easily cover things to see in a day and then spend an hour at the Crystal Grill for an excellent meal. I can not in good conscience recommend a Motel there aside from the Alluvian and it will cost you….big time for a nice room.

But you’ll be safe and please don’t venture out too far after dark. And lock your vehicle. You’re Welcome.

Laurel, MS

Source: Public domain
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Population: 18,661
Median Age: 34.9
Married households: 31.5%
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.

Horn Lake, MS

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Population: 26,804
Median Age: 33.1
Married households: 40.8%
Households with kids: 33.7%
More on Horn Lake: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ridgeland, MS

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Population: 24,312
Median Age: 34.0
Married households: 37.2%
Households with kids: 27.2%
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 for 2019

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. Madison
  3. Hernando

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Mississippi

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Oxford, MS 22,092 26.1
2 Starkville, MS 24,954 26.7
3 Jackson, MS 170,393 32.4
4 Pascagoula, MS 21,935 36.0
5 Cleveland, MS 12,157 34.1
6 Hattiesburg, MS 46,495 28.7
7 Greenwood, MS 14,496 35.3
8 Laurel, MS 18,661 34.9
9 Horn Lake, MS 26,804 33.1
10 Ridgeland, MS 24,312 34.0
11 Greenville, MS 31,934 36.0
12 Gulfport, MS 71,318 34.2
13 Clarksdale, MS 16,579 32.3
14 Canton, MS 12,800 33.8
15 Mccomb, MS 12,620 34.5
16 Pearl, MS 26,468 34.2
17 Biloxi, MS 45,328 35.2
18 Moss Point, MS 13,501 44.3
19 Meridian, MS 39,213 36.0
20 Natchez, MS 15,191 39.7
21 D’iberville, MS 11,150 36.8
22 Columbus, MS 24,409 37.5
23 Long Beach, MS 15,446 41.1
24 Picayune, MS 10,528 35.9
25 Gautier, MS 18,555 37.3
26 Vicksburg, MS 22,961 35.1
27 Grenada, MS 12,719 36.6
28 Corinth, MS 14,727 38.3
29 Tupelo, MS 38,321 35.5
30 Ocean Springs, MS 17,514 39.9
31 Bay St. Louis, MS 11,918 42.6
32 Petal, MS 10,669 35.8
33 Olive Branch, MS 36,033 37.0
34 Southaven, MS 52,434 36.0
35 Clinton, MS 25,398 34.0
36 Byram, MS 11,660 34.7
37 West Point, MS 10,903 35.9
38 Brookhaven, MS 12,289 36.0
39 Hernando, MS 15,534 36.5
40 Madison, MS 25,350 40.7
41 Brandon, MS 23,421 38.8

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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