These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Mississippi For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Mississippi are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Mississippi, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Magnolia State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Mississippi based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Mississippi ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Mississippi for 2018:

  1. Saltillo (Homes For Sale)
  2. Tunica (Homes For Sale)
  3. Hide-A-Way Lake (Homes For Sale)
  4. New Hope (Homes For Sale)
  5. Beechwood (Homes For Sale)
  6. Lynchburg (Homes For Sale)
  7. Florence (Homes For Sale)
  8. Caledonia (Homes For Sale)
  9. Tunica Resorts (Homes For Sale)
  10. Gu (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Saltillo, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Mississippi

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 129 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 129, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Mississippi. Top of that list — Saltillo.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Mississippi.

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1. Saltillo


Population: 4,988
Median Income: $60,557 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $138,000 (16th Best)
More on Saltillo: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Tunica


Population: 1,249
Median Income: $44,559 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $133,000 (21st Best)
More on Tunica: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Hide-A-Way Lake


Population: 1,883
Median Income: $73,917 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $159,800 (6th Best)
More on Hide-A-Way Lake: Data| Homes For Sale

4. New Hope


Population: 3,393
Median Income: $67,016 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $151,400 (11th Best)
More on New Hope: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Beechwood


Population: 4,365
Median Income: $45,617 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $163,100 (5th Best)
More on Beechwood: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Lynchburg


Population: 2,197
Median Income: $64,620 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,600 (17th Best)
More on Lynchburg: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Florence


Population: 4,313
Median Income: $64,344 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $147,000 (12th Best)
More on Florence: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Caledonia


Population: 1,501
Median Income: $58,839 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $134,300 (19th Best)
More on Caledonia: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Tunica Resorts


Population: 1,839
Median Income: $36,058 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $152,200 (10th Best)
More on Tunica Resorts: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Gu

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,509
Median Income: $60,081 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $132,900 (22nd Best)
More on Gu: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Bridgetown


Population: 2,045
Median Income: $71,914 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $173,800 (3rd Best)
More on Bridgetown: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Arnold Line


Population: 2,349
Median Income: $51,250 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $127,000 (23rd Best)
More on Arnold Line: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Sumrall


Population: 1,795
Median Income: $45,450 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,400 (14th Best)
More on Sumrall: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Collinsville


Population: 1,820
Median Income: $61,696 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $86,000 (58th Best)
More on Collinsville: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Nellieburg


Population: 1,355
Median Income: $50,191 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $156,000 (7th Best)
More on Nellieburg: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Fulton

Fulton, MS

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,034
Median Income: $34,096 (47th Best)
Median Home Value: $95,800 (45th Best)
More on Fulton: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. Cleary


Population: 1,100
Median Income: $62,963 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $107,900 (33rd Best)
More on Cleary: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Poplarville

Poplarville, MS

Population: 2,939
Median Income: $50,536 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $113,800 (28th Best)
More on Poplarville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. Terry


Population: 1,466
Median Income: $53,250 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $118,300 (25th Best)
More on Terry: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Decatur


Population: 2,087
Median Income: $36,908 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $103,700 (36th Best)
More on Decatur: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Mississippi are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Mississippi:

  1. Conehatta
  2. Jone
  3. Walnut

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Mississippi

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Saltillo 4,988 $60,557 $138,000
2 Tunica 1,249 $44,559 $133,000
3 Hide-A-Way Lake 1,883 $73,917 $159,800
4 New Hope 3,393 $67,016 $151,400
5 Beechwood 4,365 $45,617 $163,100
6 Lynchburg 2,197 $64,620 $136,600
7 Florence 4,313 $64,344 $147,000
8 Caledonia 1,501 $58,839 $134,300
9 Tunica Resorts 1,839 $36,058 $152,200
10 Gu 2,509 $60,081 $132,900
11 Bridgetown 2,045 $71,914 $173,800
12 Arnold Line 2,349 $51,250 $127,000
13 Sumrall 1,795 $45,450 $140,400
14 Collinsville 1,820 $61,696 $86,000
15 Nellieburg 1,355 $50,191 $156,000
16 Fulton 4,034 $34,096 $95,800
17 Cleary 1,100 $62,963 $107,900
18 Poplarville 2,939 $50,536 $113,800
19 Terry 1,466 $53,250 $118,300
20 Decatur 2,087 $36,908 $103,700
21 Wesson 2,295 $51,325 $139,900
22 Hurley 1,020 $70,038 $156,000
23 Taylorsville 1,534 $35,389 $105,400
24 Kiln 1,903 $53,272 $146,700
25 Marion 1,581 $40,169 $135,500
26 Raymond 1,897 $40,781 $115,400
27 Kearney Park 1,405 $68,750 $96,600
28 Purvis 2,447 $37,199 $100,900
29 Lyman 2,421 $57,519 $170,500
30 Ecru 1,309 $39,650 $118,100
31 Morgantown 1,753 $35,197 $78,200
32 Water Valley 3,360 $30,426 $89,800
33 Farmington 2,366 $40,492 $95,800
34 Wiggins 4,516 $42,913 $108,300
35 Mantachie 1,439 $36,078 $94,400
36 Sharon 1,206 $51,542 $94,100
37 Iuka 2,997 $33,250 $89,600
38 Quitman 1,914 $31,215 $82,700
39 Charleston 1,807 $22,163 $66,100
40 Ackerman 1,731 $30,066 $84,200
41 Delisle 1,205 $58,491 $286,100
42 Houston 3,547 $29,286 $67,400
43 Wade 1,063 $73,194 $176,200
44 Leland 4,254 $31,059 $71,400
45 Pelahatchie 1,545 $32,063 $103,200
46 Ellisville 4,561 $25,470 $80,600
47 Flora 2,058 $32,689 $133,900
48 Winona 4,592 $26,250 $79,500
49 Coffeeville 1,139 $28,086 $66,100
50 Walls 1,326 $41,845 $126,200
51 Nettleton 1,819 $34,306 $85,800
52 Belmont 2,059 $31,440 $100,100
53 Union 1,860 $31,750 $77,600
54 Monticello 1,365 $29,911 $100,000
55 Sardis 2,047 $31,164 $72,800
56 Port Gibson 1,597 $22,022 $73,600
57 Woodville 1,034 $25,341 $86,300
58 Mendenhall 2,683 $29,271 $94,500
59 Tyle 1,750 $26,627 $89,500
60 Collins 2,557 $26,076 $89,300
61 Bay Springs 1,613 $34,821 $75,800
62 Newton 3,346 $26,130 $71,300
63 De Kalb 1,148 $37,569 $66,100
64 Glendale 1,917 $39,149 $75,400
65 Marks 1,591 $28,026 $60,300
66 Magee 4,383 $29,899 $100,600
67 Lucedale 3,025 $39,417 $88,000
68 Blue Mountain 1,077 $31,071 $60,000
69 Shannon 1,744 $30,786 $83,100
70 Mound Bayou 1,711 $23,406 $79,200
71 Coldwater 1,501 $28,750 $73,800
72 Eupora 2,070 $18,068 $80,600
73 Byhalia 1,861 $30,164 $100,300
74 Mount Olive 1,003 $31,771 $64,400
75 Baldwyn 3,073 $25,515 $96,200
76 Raleigh 1,536 $30,298 $59,000
77 Fayette 1,491 $19,464 $58,300
78 Belzoni 2,194 $23,713 $62,800
79 Morton 3,430 $33,007 $76,700
80 Ruleville 2,841 $24,113 $68,200
81 Calhoun City 2,071 $25,238 $72,000
82 Magnolia 1,987 $26,386 $80,400
83 Bruce 1,701 $24,688 $59,900
84 Rolling Fork 2,346 $26,580 $55,000
85 Saucier 1,511 $39,321 $154,800
86 Summit 2,210 $24,639 $90,800
87 Hazlehurst 3,927 $32,521 $84,500
88 Como 1,386 $24,779 $109,400
89 Carthage 4,938 $24,566 $105,400
90 Vardaman 1,325 $24,837 $52,700
91 Pearl River 4,203 $37,629 $67,000
92 Escatawpa 3,582 $34,533 $85,100
93 Prentiss 1,370 $30,855 $108,100
94 Richton 1,020 $23,487 $74,100
95 Crystal Springs 4,951 $24,434 $84,700
96 Itta Bena 1,886 $21,758 $58,400
97 Lexington 2,133 $30,200 $56,500
98 Shelby 2,401 $21,493 $59,200
99 Verona 3,032 $23,097 $64,300
100 Shaw 1,750 $17,700 $62,200

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