When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Mississippi.
But where exactly in Mississippi? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Mississippi that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Horn Lake don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Magnolia State to retire:
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Magnolia State
To create our list of the best places in Mississippi to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Magnolia State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 33 places from across the state.
For these 33, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
- Things to do (As measured by population density)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 33, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Horn Lake, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
1. Horn Lake
Population: 26,486Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,155
Horn Lake ranked 1 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 8 place safety rank.
Population: 5,492Cost Of Living: 79
Distance to Closest Airport: 105 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,077
Aberdeen ranked 2 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 12 place safety rank.
Population: 7,197Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 103 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,959
Amory ranked 3 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 17 place safety rank.
Population: 18,720Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 69 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,000
Laurel ranked 4 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 20 place safety rank.
Population: 22,239Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 104 miles
Crime Per 100k: 7,149
Pascagoula ranked 5 overall thanks to its 18 place rank for cost of living and 28 place safety rank.
6. Holly Springs
Population: 7,585Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,025
Holly Springs ranked 6 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 23 place safety rank.
Population: 24,871Cost Of Living: 113
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,117
Madison ranked 7 overall thanks to its 33 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.
Population: 11,609Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,058
Byram ranked 8 overall thanks to its 23 place rank for cost of living and 7 place safety rank.
9. West Point
Population: 11,200Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 109 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,267
West Point ranked 9 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 13 place safety rank.
Population: 6,498Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 80 miles
Crime Per 100k: 692
Louisville ranked 10 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Mississippi goes to Horn Lake.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
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