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
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Amory
  4. Laurel
  5. Pascagoula
  6. Holly Springs
  7. Madison
  8. Byram
  9. West Point
  10. Louisville

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.

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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: 26,486
Cost 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.

2. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,492
Cost 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.

3. Amory

Amory, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,197
Cost 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.

4. Laurel

Laurel, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,720
Cost 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.

5. Pascagoula

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,239
Cost 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

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,585
Cost 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.

7. Madison

Madison, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,871
Cost 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.

8. Byram

Byram, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,609
Cost 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

West Point, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,200
Cost 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.

10. Louisville

Louisville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,498
Cost 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:

  • Gautier
  • Batesville
  • D’Iberville

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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 26,486 80 7 2,155
Aberdeen 2 5,492 79 105 3,077
Amory 3 7,197 80 103 3,959
Laurel 4 18,720 80 69 5,000
Pascagoula 5 22,239 86 104 7,149
Holly Springs 6 7,585 77 35 6,025
Madison 7 24,871 113 11 1,117
Byram 8 11,609 91 14 2,058
West Point 9 11,200 82 109 3,267
Louisville 10 6,498 80 80 692
Starkville 11 24,457 95 107 3,585
Long Beach 12 15,224 96 70 2,193
Jackson 13 173,631 83 7 6,896
Brandon 14 22,616 95 5 977
Louisville 15 6,498 80 81 692
Louisville 16 6,498 80 81 692
Philadelphia 17 7,446 81 64 4,861
Picayune 18 10,838 85 50 5,794
Ridgeland 19 24,209 98 8 3,052
Natchez 20 15,563 82 70 7,273
Greenville 21 33,518 79 93 7,309
Meridian 22 40,809 81 80 5,493
Vicksburg 23 23,559 82 47 7,156
Petal 24 10,675 92 82 796
Indianola 25 10,426 80 85 8,248
Ocean Springs 26 17,446 96 92 3,731
Olive Branch 27 34,543 95 9 3,004
Flowood 28 8,218 101 1 4,623
Hattiesburg 29 46,629 90 82 6,187
Biloxi 30 44,527 92 83 6,515
D’Iberville 31 10,161 89 87 7,469
Batesville 32 7,436 87 49 6,549
Gautier 33 18,581 87 99 3,320

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