These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Mississippi


We analyzed over 33 places in Mississippi to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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:

  1. Horn Lake (Photos)
  2. Jackson (Photos)
  3. Brandon
  4. Laurel (Photos)
  5. Ridgeland
  6. Louisville (Photos)
  7. Long Beach
  8. Olive Branch (Photos)
  9. Holly Springs (Photos)
  10. Louisville (Photos)

Why did Horn Lake take the top spot? And where are Jackson and Hattiesburg?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Mississippi.

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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.

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1. Horn Lake

Horn Lake, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,785
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,131
Horn Lake ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 7th place rank for cost of living and it’s 8th place safety rank.

2. Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 172,039
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,960
Jackson ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 16th place rank for cost of living and it’s 27th place safety rank.

3. Brandon

Brandon, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,186
Cost Of Living: 95
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 953
Brandon ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 27th place rank for cost of living and it’s 5th place safety rank.

4. Laurel

Laurel, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,806
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 69 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,977
Laurel ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 7th place rank for cost of living and it’s 20th place safety rank.

5. Ridgeland


Population: 24,338
Cost Of Living: 98
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,036
Ridgeland ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 31st place rank for cost of living and it’s 11th place safety rank.

6. Louisville

Louisville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,373
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 80 miles
Crime Per 100k: 706
Louisville ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 7th place rank for cost of living and it’s 2nd place safety rank.

7. Long Beach

Long Beach, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,450
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 70 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,161
Long Beach ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 29th place rank for cost of living and it’s 9th place safety rank.

8. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,508
Cost Of Living: 95
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,923
Olive Branch ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 27th place rank for cost of living and it’s 10th place safety rank.

9. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,591
Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,020
Holly Springs ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 23rd place safety rank.

10. Louisville

Louisville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,373
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 81 miles
Crime Per 100k: 706
Louisville ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 7th place rank for cost of living and it’s 2nd 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:

  • Batesville
  • Starkville
  • West Point

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Mississippi

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Horn Lake 1 26,785 80 7 2,131
Jackson 2 172,039 83 7 6,960
Brandon 3 23,186 95 5 953
Laurel 4 18,806 80 69 4,977
Ridgeland 5 24,338 98 8 3,036
Louisville 6 6,373 80 80 706
Long Beach 7 15,450 96 70 2,161
Olive Branch 8 35,508 95 9 2,923
Holly Springs 9 7,591 77 35 6,020
Louisville 10 6,373 80 81 706
Louisville 11 6,373 80 81 706
Madison 12 25,473 113 11 1,091
Byram 13 11,610 91 14 2,058
Philadelphia 14 7,399 81 64 4,892
Picayune 15 10,732 85 50 5,851
Greenville 16 32,612 79 93 7,512
Meridian 17 40,094 81 80 5,591
Natchez 18 15,345 82 70 7,376
Petal 19 10,736 92 82 791
Indianola 20 10,047 80 85 8,559
Aberdeen 21 5,427 79 105 3,114
Vicksburg 22 23,320 82 47 7,229
Ocean Springs 23 17,547 96 92 3,710
Amory 24 7,110 80 103 4,008
D’Iberville 25 10,829 89 87 7,008
Pascagoula 26 22,163 86 104 7,174
Hattiesburg 27 46,846 90 82 6,158
Biloxi 28 45,271 92 83 6,408
Flowood 29 8,532 101 1 4,453
Gautier 30 18,541 87 99 3,327
West Point 31 11,042 82 109 3,314
Starkville 32 25,011 95 107 3,506
Batesville 33 7,402 87 49 6,579

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