These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Mississippi


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Mississippi (in which to live):

  1. Lyon
  2. Sallis
  3. French Camp
  4. Meadville
  5. Osyka
  6. Walthall
  7. Big Point
  8. Helena
  9. Plantersville
  10. Hamilton

If you live in one of these small towns like Lyon, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Mississippi.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Mississippi

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 143 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 143, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Mississippi. Top of that list — Lyon.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Mississippi. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Mississippi.

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1. Lyon


Population 2014: 360
Median Income: $53,906
Median Home Price: $117,900
Crime Per 100k: 2,789

2. Sallis


Population 2014: 302
Median Income: $78,750
Median Home Price: $105,000
Crime Per 100k: 3,188

3. French Camp


Population 2014: 319
Median Income: $44,792
Median Home Price: $223,400
Crime Per 100k: 1,622

4. Meadville


Population 2014: 610
Median Income: $47,083
Median Home Price: $84,200
Crime Per 100k: 4,088

5. Osyka


Population 2014: 589
Median Income: $46,667
Median Home Price: $119,600
Crime Per 100k: 4,185

6. Walthall


Population 2014: 303
Median Income: $51,799
Median Home Price: $85,000
Crime Per 100k: 2,910

7. Big Point


Population 2014: 914
Median Income: $80,500
Median Home Price: $192,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,622

8. Helena


Population 2014: 1,247
Median Income: $56,701
Median Home Price: $108,100
Crime Per 100k: 1,198

9. Plantersville


Population 2014: 1,066
Median Income: $33,264
Median Home Price: $91,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,608

10. Hamilton


Population 2014: 631
Median Income: $61,250
Median Home Price: $125,600
Crime Per 100k: 3,083

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 10 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. Farrell
  2. Crawford
  3. Cruger

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Mississippi

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Lyon 1 360 $53,906 $117,900 2,789
Sallis 2 302 $78,750 $105,000 3,188
French Camp 3 319 $44,792 $223,400 1,622
Meadville 4 610 $47,083 $84,200 4,088
Osyka 5 589 $46,667 $119,600 4,185
Walthall 6 303 $51,799 $85,000 2,910
Big Point 7 914 $80,500 $192,800 1,622
Helena 8 1,247 $56,701 $108,100 1,198
Plantersville 9 1,066 $33,264 $91,700 1,608
Hamilton 10 631 $61,250 $125,600 3,083
New Hebron 11 548 $45,179 $74,200 5,038
Sylvarena 12 149 $62,500 $77,800 4,385
Mantee 13 308 $46,641 $97,500 4,235
Abbeville 14 490 $51,250 $125,000 2,851
Delisle 15 1,093 $60,391 $159,800 836
Sebastopol 16 181 $57,083 $66,900 2,115
Puckett 17 266 $51,000 $96,000 3,681
Snow Lake Shores 18 474 $44,297 $89,400 3,587
Merigold 19 518 $34,135 $68,600 4,556
Hatley 20 558 $45,357 $77,500 4,689
Soso 21 406 $40,556 $97,500 4,156
Carrollton 22 312 $50,833 $69,500 4,563
Inverness 23 1,019 $37,708 $69,600 1,657
Kossuth 24 154 $46,607 $94,000 4,085
Ashland 25 982 $43,405 $75,600 4,363
Sumner 26 328 $44,500 $76,700 4,625
Bassfield 27 293 $35,577 $78,800 3,257
Glen 28 451 $39,375 $105,100 4,372
Bolton 29 436 $36,618 $73,400 4,541
Taylor 30 289 $41,167 $106,300 3,203
Enterprise 31 607 $32,262 $96,000 4,591
Smithville 32 739 $46,417 $70,300 4,798
Thaxton 33 1,005 $47,222 $78,200 1,688
Renova 34 808 $26,862 $93,100 4,893
Pope 35 214 $34,375 $96,000 4,124
Braxton 36 261 $51,458 $77,500 4,523
Wade 37 744 $65,833 $154,400 2,982
Boyle 38 648 $33,894 $85,700 4,604
Mooreville 39 637 $46,250 $99,500 4,472
Richton 40 965 $25,583 $76,100 4,890
Bude 41 1,229 $26,129 $57,400 1,915
Leakesville 42 733 $33,802 $89,100 1,361
Coffeeville 43 1,055 $31,458 $57,500 1,811
Mize 44 350 $40,833 $91,700 4,130
State Line 45 557 $50,625 $80,000 4,809
Big Creek 46 206 $41,000 $72,000 5,275
Marietta 47 277 $40,139 $80,000 4,502
Chunky 48 209 $40,000 $68,300 4,507
White Oak 49 731 $31,447 $71,600 5,332
Sturgis 50 251 $40,000 $70,600 5,111
Seminary 51 379 $23,393 $78,300 4,832
Slate Springs 52 170 $48,125 $70,600 4,581
Blue Mountain 53 688 $28,750 $74,600 5,207
Lena 54 214 $38,438 $62,500 4,454
Courtland 55 604 $36,500 $72,700 5,164
Sandersville 56 652 $31,635 $65,700 4,964
Webb 57 334 $26,771 $60,900 4,960
Lauderdale 58 497 $30,738 $66,600 5,650
Mathiston 59 862 $42,708 $64,400 4,705
Duck Hill 60 854 $16,889 $74,400 5,083
Potts Camp 61 508 $39,211 $68,000 5,262
D’Lo 62 460 $30,250 $59,000 5,164
Alcorn State University 63 773 $61,167 $47,600 6,303
Pickens 64 1,250 $25,078 $50,400 2,042
Dumas 65 423 $36,250 $71,100 4,989
Sherman 66 505 $15,417 $89,400 4,999
Falkner 67 484 $31,339 $89,000 2,433
Crenshaw 68 1,118 $24,500 $51,700 2,106
Heidelberg 69 877 $26,000 $74,800 5,088
Gattman 70 115 $37,500 $55,000 4,432
Weir 71 518 $36,154 $55,800 5,210
Beulah 72 330 $32,344 $46,100 5,863
Lake 73 338 $30,221 $51,500 5,866
Blue Springs 74 155 $33,750 $97,000 4,438
Liberty 75 666 $24,375 $74,800 5,018
Kilmichael 76 931 $26,000 $69,200 5,329
Tishomingo 77 385 $21,250 $54,100 5,335
Beauregard 78 418 $35,703 $66,000 5,154
Hickory Flat 79 611 $21,544 $63,100 5,344
Algoma 80 568 $32,500 $73,600 5,028
Alligator 81 417 $35,833 $56,900 6,098
North Carrollton 82 522 $25,000 $44,300 6,127
Anguilla 83 671 $40,179 $42,800 5,815
Roxie 84 544 $24,688 $62,700 5,624
New Augusta 85 771 $37,692 $69,000 5,314
New Hamilton 86 506 $31,167 $66,900 5,017
Montrose 87 102 $24,583 $78,600 5,073
Redwater 88 432 $46,250 $69,500 5,346
Tucker 89 707 $31,818 $50,700 6,167
Clara 90 173 $28,125 $68,200 4,792
Walnut 91 825 $24,432 $75,300 4,847
Shubuta 92 510 $29,500 $56,500 5,381
Shuqualak 93 745 $21,379 $51,600 5,677
Louin 94 375 $30,000 $58,300 5,200
Golden 95 176 $20,000 $70,000 5,171
Bentonia 96 477 $27,656 $69,200 5,451
Ethel 97 531 $24,650 $65,100 5,503
Maben 98 817 $19,297 $81,300 5,276
Silver City 99 195 $30,625 $52,300 5,617
Hickory 100 582 $30,417 $45,600 5,785

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