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):
- French Camp
- Big Point
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.
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.
Population 2014: 360 Median Income: $53,906
Median Home Price: $117,900
Crime Per 100k: 2,789
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
Population 2014: 610 Median Income: $47,083
Median Home Price: $84,200
Crime Per 100k: 4,088
Population 2014: 589 Median Income: $46,667
Median Home Price: $119,600
Crime Per 100k: 4,185
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
Population 2014: 1,247 Median Income: $56,701
Median Home Price: $108,100
Crime Per 100k: 1,198
Population 2014: 1,066 Median Income: $33,264
Median Home Price: $91,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,608
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:
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- These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Mississippi
Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Mississippi
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