Best Small Towns In Mississippi For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Mississippi.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Mississippi for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Mississippi? Tunica is the best small town in Mississippi based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Tunica, 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.

For more reading on the Magnolia State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Mississippi For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,138
Median Income: $53,125 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $190,400 (1st Best)
More on Tunica: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,759
Median Income: $66,544 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $151,600 (9th Best)
More on New Hope: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,991
Median Income: $64,135 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $139,100 (20th Best)
More on Saltillo: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,384
Median Income: $65,015 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $153,800 (8th Best)
More on Florence: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,332
Median Income: $99,250 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $179,400 (3rd Best)
More on Hide-A-Way Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,523
Median Income: $44,919 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $151,500 (10th Best)
More on Beechwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,606
Median Income: $62,475 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $143,300 (15th Best)
More on Collinsville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,586
Median Income: $61,563 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,300 (16th Best)
More on Caledonia: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,398
Median Income: $52,583 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $139,800 (18th Best)
More on Nellieburg: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,292
Median Income: $41,126 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $144,200 (14th Best)
More on Tunica Resorts: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,654
Median Income: $61,167 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $132,300 (23rd Best)
More on Gu: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,635
Median Income: $55,000 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $157,300 (7th Best)
More on Sumrall: Data | Homes For Sale

Water Valley, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,339
Median Income: $38,347 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $97,000 (45th Best)
More on Water Valley: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,412
Median Income: $71,557 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $133,200 (22nd Best)
More on Cleary: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,073
Median Income: $37,045 (46th Best)
Median Home Value: $101,900 (40th Best)
More on Belmont: Data | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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 – 125 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 125, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Mississippi. Top of that list — Tunica. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Mississippi.

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 15 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. Tchula
  3. Friars Point

For more mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Mississippi

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Tunica, MS 1,138 $53,125.0 $190,400.0
2 New Hope, MS 3,759 $66,544.0 $151,600.0
3 Saltillo, MS 4,991 $64,135.0 $139,100.0
4 Florence, MS 4,384 $65,015.0 $153,800.0
5 Hide-A-Way Lake, MS 2,332 $99,250.0 $179,400.0
6 Beechwood, MS 3,523 $44,919.0 $151,500.0
7 Collinsville, MS 1,606 $62,475.0 $143,300.0
8 Caledonia, MS 1,586 $61,563.0 $140,300.0
9 Nellieburg, MS 1,398 $52,583.0 $139,800.0
10 Tunica Resorts, MS 2,292 $41,126.0 $144,200.0
11 Gu, MS 2,654 $61,167.0 $132,300.0
12 Sumrall, MS 1,635 $55,000.0 $157,300.0
13 Water Valley, MS 3,339 $38,347.0 $97,000.0
14 Cleary, MS 1,412 $71,557.0 $133,200.0
15 Belmont, MS 2,073 $37,045.0 $101,900.0
16 Bridgetown, MS 2,538 $88,574.0 $184,800.0
17 Fulton, MS 4,024 $28,565.0 $103,000.0
18 Terry, MS 1,344 $54,286.0 $139,300.0
19 Farmington, MS 2,532 $41,981.0 $112,900.0
20 Lynchburg, MS 2,558 $61,250.0 $137,800.0
21 Marion, MS 1,522 $35,870.0 $166,000.0
22 Arnold Line, MS 2,501 $54,167.0 $109,400.0
23 Leakesville, MS 1,084 $43,182.0 $106,400.0
24 Ellisville, MS 4,815 $30,294.0 $105,200.0
25 Kearney Park, MS 1,434 $53,494.0 $86,500.0
26 Hurley, MS 1,276 $77,396.0 $161,200.0
27 Poplarville, MS 2,960 $42,625.0 $123,600.0
28 Wesson, MS 2,166 $54,813.0 $147,800.0
29 Flora, MS 1,800 $44,821.0 $140,300.0
30 Lyman, MS 2,405 $61,119.0 $172,100.0
31 Woodville, MS 1,205 $38,021.0 $87,700.0
32 Bay Springs, MS 1,511 $36,429.0 $78,600.0
33 Coffeeville, MS 1,108 $27,361.0 $71,300.0
34 Kiln, MS 2,112 $48,864.0 $145,600.0
35 Taylorsville, MS 1,998 $31,469.0 $122,300.0
36 Wiggins, MS 4,552 $42,995.0 $124,800.0
37 Leland, MS 4,058 $31,116.0 $70,100.0
38 Morgantown, MS 1,655 $29,401.0 $78,400.0
39 Ackerman, MS 1,534 $27,368.0 $98,800.0
40 Raymond, MS 2,409 $41,136.0 $117,200.0
41 Monticello, MS 1,393 $32,578.0 $96,100.0
42 Mantachie, MS 1,387 $38,939.0 $89,800.0
43 Purvis, MS 2,493 $30,192.0 $103,700.0
44 Iuka, MS 2,978 $34,369.0 $94,000.0
45 Port Gibson, MS 1,699 $24,904.0 $74,800.0
46 Sardis, MS 2,245 $36,042.0 $73,200.0
47 Decatur, MS 1,917 $22,311.0 $102,000.0
48 Charleston, MS 2,086 $23,730.0 $67,700.0
49 Ruleville, MS 2,719 $36,100.0 $88,100.0
50 Pelahatchie, MS 1,433 $43,676.0 $86,300.0
51 Ecru, MS 1,237 $45,313.0 $95,000.0
52 Winona, MS 4,367 $31,171.0 $92,100.0
53 Union, MS 2,126 $33,778.0 $82,300.0
54 Belzoni, MS 2,009 $35,347.0 $68,800.0
55 Nettleton, MS 2,103 $37,083.0 $86,400.0
56 Quitman, MS 2,001 $26,125.0 $94,000.0
57 De Kalb, MS 1,278 $40,764.0 $67,300.0
58 Tutwiler, MS 4,398 $30,385.0 $58,300.0
59 Calhoun City, MS 1,866 $33,507.0 $70,600.0
60 Pearlington, MS 1,022 $44,203.0 $101,400.0
61 Mendenhall, MS 2,835 $28,554.0 $94,700.0
62 Saucier, MS 1,191 $41,397.0 $151,500.0
63 Duck Hill, MS 1,133 $21,875.0 $74,600.0
64 Tyle, MS 1,791 $26,144.0 $94,700.0
65 Newton, MS 3,251 $26,361.0 $72,000.0
66 Sharon, MS 1,020 $50,521.0 $86,900.0
67 Escatawpa, MS 2,811 $40,598.0 $87,700.0
68 Collins, MS 2,889 $29,583.0 $82,800.0
69 Walls, MS 1,347 $42,583.0 $128,500.0
70 Shannon, MS 1,862 $30,972.0 $86,500.0
71 Crystal Springs, MS 4,892 $46,328.0 $88,600.0
72 Mound Bayou, MS 1,728 $20,647.0 $83,800.0
73 Coldwater, MS 1,646 $37,440.0 $75,300.0
74 Shelby, MS 2,102 $30,112.0 $67,300.0
75 Okolona, MS 2,591 $23,785.0 $65,900.0
76 Byhalia, MS 1,537 $26,827.0 $119,300.0
77 Houston, MS 3,497 $31,977.0 $60,600.0
78 Fayette, MS 1,333 $18,446.0 $67,600.0
79 Eupora, MS 2,317 $26,932.0 $76,900.0
80 Lucedale, MS 3,059 $40,637.0 $81,300.0
81 Magee, MS 4,301 $30,072.0 $89,200.0
82 Rolling Fork, MS 2,306 $26,235.0 $64,500.0
83 Summit, MS 2,185 $25,956.0 $101,500.0
84 Raleigh, MS 1,409 $35,167.0 $91,000.0
85 Baldwyn, MS 2,998 $29,443.0 $97,800.0
86 Hazlehurst, MS 3,877 $28,882.0 $83,500.0
87 Sunflower, MS 1,158 $25,714.0 $61,700.0
88 Robinhood, MS 1,438 $44,828.0 $72,800.0
89 Vardaman, MS 1,320 $33,304.0 $56,700.0
90 Shaw, MS 1,733 $20,857.0 $59,800.0
91 Prentiss, MS 1,223 $27,386.0 $93,700.0
92 Helena, MS 1,233 $33,267.0 $111,600.0
93 Itta Bena, MS 1,556 $20,417.0 $63,400.0
94 Marks, MS 1,741 $31,172.0 $65,700.0
95 Pearl River, MS 4,205 $37,143.0 $69,500.0
96 Hillsboro, MS 1,124 $31,307.0 $53,700.0
97 Como, MS 1,280 $26,298.0 $130,300.0
98 Carthage, MS 4,862 $32,302.0 $115,100.0
99 Verona, MS 3,105 $25,710.0 $69,600.0
100 Lexington, MS 2,018 $29,722.0 $62,900.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.