These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Mississippi For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Mississippi have the most for people looking to make the move to Mississippi.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Mississippi a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Mississippi.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Magnolia State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Mississippi, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 23 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Magnolia State for 2018:

  1. DeSoto County (Photos)
  2. Madison County (Photos)
  3. Rankin County (Photos)
  4. Lafayette County (Photos)
  5. Itawamba County (Photos)
  6. Jackson County (Photos)
  7. Monroe County (Photos)
  8. Jones County (Photos)
  9. Choctaw County
  10. Stone County (Photos)

Desoto County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Mississippi. And you might want to avoid Washington County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Mississippi, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Mississippi and the best places to raise a family in Mississippi.

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How do you determine which Mississippi county is the best?

To give you the best county in Mississippi, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Mississippi across each of the criteria from one to 23, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Mississippi’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Magnolia State.

Read on to see why Desoto County is the best county, while Washington County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Mississippi.

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1. Desoto County

Hernando, MS

Biggest Place: Southaven
Population: 170,890
Median Income: $60,111 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $155,000 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (3rd best)
More on Desoto County: PhotosData

2. Madison County

Canton, MS

Biggest Place: Jackson
Population: 101,791
Median Income: $65,924 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $208,800 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (2nd best)
More on Madison County: PhotosData

3. Rankin County

Brandon, MS

Biggest Place: Jackson
Population: 147,930
Median Income: $59,370 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $157,000 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (1st best)
More on Rankin County: PhotosData

4. Lafayette County

University, MS

Source: Wikipedia User |

Biggest Place: Oxford
Population: 52,193
Median Income: $43,162 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $163,500 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (6th best)
More on Lafayette County: PhotosData

5. Itawamba County

Fulton, MS

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Fulton
Population: 23,511
Median Income: $35,380 (18th best)
Median Home Price: $84,400 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (4th best)
More on Itawamba County: PhotosData

6. Jackson County

Gautier, MS

Biggest Place: Pascagoula
Population: 140,850
Median Income: $49,158 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $120,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (10th best)
More on Jackson County: PhotosData

7. Monroe County

Aberdeen, MS

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Amory
Population: 36,029
Median Income: $37,345 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $82,000 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (14th best)
More on Monroe County: PhotosData

8. Jones County

Ellisville, MS

Biggest Place: Laurel
Population: 68,313
Median Income: $37,846 (14th best)
Median Home Price: $85,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (7th best)
More on Jones County: PhotosData

9. Choctaw County

Ackerman, MS

Biggest Place: Ackerman
Population: 8,320
Median Income: $32,953 (20th best)
Median Home Price: $77,400 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (21st best)
More on Choctaw County: Data

10. Stone County

Wiggins, MS

Biggest Place: Wiggins
Population: 17,995
Median Income: $44,995 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $112,900 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (9th best)
More on Stone County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Mississippi To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Mississippi can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Mississippi according to the data:

  1. Washington County
  2. Forrest County
  3. Pike County

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Mississippi

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Desoto County 1 170,890 $60,111 $155,000
Madison County 2 101,791 $65,924 $208,800
Rankin County 3 147,930 $59,370 $157,000
Lafayette County 4 52,193 $43,162 $163,500
Itawamba County 5 23,511 $35,380 $84,400
Jackson County 6 140,850 $49,158 $120,800
Monroe County 7 36,029 $37,345 $82,000
Jones County 8 68,313 $37,846 $85,400
Choctaw County 9 8,320 $32,953 $77,400
Stone County 10 17,995 $44,995 $112,900
Lauderdale County 11 79,233 $38,399 $87,800
Marshall County 12 36,196 $40,598 $93,100
Hancock County 13 46,028 $46,542 $129,900
Panola County 14 34,319 $37,556 $75,300
Harrison County 15 198,570 $43,095 $138,400
Warren County 16 47,834 $40,475 $109,500
Clay County 17 20,147 $33,142 $81,600
Pearl River County 18 55,167 $41,598 $120,300
Adams County 19 31,747 $31,283 $89,400
Hinds County 20 244,596 $38,773 $107,300
Pike County 21 39,939 $31,511 $87,600
Forrest County 22 76,274 $37,017 $111,300
Washington County 23 48,824 $28,452 $73,000

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