These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Mississippi For 2019


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 2019:

  1. Tunica (Homes)
  2. Saltillo (Homes)
  3. New Hope (Homes)
  4. Beechwood (Homes)
  5. Collinsville (Homes)
  6. Caledonia (Homes)
  7. Florence (Homes)
  8. Nellieburg (Homes)
  9. Arnold Line (Homes)
  10. Bridgetown (Homes)

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:

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 – 128 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 128, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Mississippi. Top of that list — Tunica.

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

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,205
Median Income: $53,229 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,700 (6th Best)
More on Tunica: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,975
Median Income: $71,923 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,600 (18th Best)
More on Saltillo: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,804
Median Income: $65,250 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $147,800 (13th Best)
More on New Hope: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,141
Median Income: $50,813 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $147,700 (14th Best)
More on Beechwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,008
Median Income: $77,977 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $164,300 (7th Best)
More on Collinsville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,424
Median Income: $60,938 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,700 (19th Best)
More on Caledonia: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,341
Median Income: $65,952 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $149,200 (11th Best)
More on Florence: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,585
Median Income: $54,477 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $148,900 (12th Best)
More on Nellieburg: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,481
Median Income: $55,654 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $114,600 (30th Best)
More on Arnold Line: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,183
Median Income: $78,750 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $181,900 (2nd Best)
More on Bridgetown: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,596
Median Income: $59,808 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $131,400 (22nd Best)
More on Gu: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,305
Median Income: $62,744 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $118,200 (26th Best)
More on Cleary: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,934
Median Income: $39,112 (38th Best)
Median Home Value: $150,800 (10th Best)
More on Tunica Resorts: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,001
Median Income: $50,417 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $145,600 (16th Best)
More on Sumrall: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,390
Median Income: $64,053 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,400 (20th Best)
More on Lynchburg: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,582
Median Income: $55,357 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $119,500 (24th Best)
More on Terry: Data | Homes For Sale

Fulton, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,010
Median Income: $31,382 (66th Best)
Median Home Value: $97,500 (47th Best)
More on Fulton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,732
Median Income: $60,724 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $169,800 (4th Best)
More on Lyman: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,355
Median Income: $39,235 (37th Best)
Median Home Value: $111,300 (32nd Best)
More on Farmington: Data | Homes For Sale

Poplarville, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,942
Median Income: $45,045 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $115,300 (29th Best)
More on Poplarville: PhotosData | 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. Friars Point
  3. Walnut

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 1,205 $53,229.0 $167,700.0
2 Saltillo 4,975 $71,923.0 $140,600.0
3 New Hope 3,804 $65,250.0 $147,800.0
4 Beechwood 4,141 $50,813.0 $147,700.0
5 Collinsville 2,008 $77,977.0 $164,300.0
6 Caledonia 1,424 $60,938.0 $136,700.0
7 Florence 4,341 $65,952.0 $149,200.0
8 Nellieburg 1,585 $54,477.0 $148,900.0
9 Arnold Line 2,481 $55,654.0 $114,600.0
10 Bridgetown 2,183 $78,750.0 $181,900.0
11 Gu 2,596 $59,808.0 $131,400.0
12 Cleary 1,305 $62,744.0 $118,200.0
13 Tunica Resorts 1,934 $39,112.0 $150,800.0
14 Sumrall 2,001 $50,417.0 $145,600.0
15 Lynchburg 2,390 $64,053.0 $136,400.0
16 Terry 1,582 $55,357.0 $119,500.0
17 Fulton 4,010 $31,382.0 $97,500.0
18 Lyman 2,732 $60,724.0 $169,800.0
19 Farmington 2,355 $39,235.0 $111,300.0
20 Poplarville 2,942 $45,045.0 $115,300.0
21 Wesson 2,085 $51,429.0 $142,900.0
22 Marion 1,492 $41,385.0 $146,700.0
23 Taylorsville 1,667 $31,161.0 $105,300.0
24 Quitman 1,811 $40,250.0 $95,200.0
25 Belmont 1,956 $34,303.0 $105,500.0
26 Ackerman 1,535 $29,348.0 $105,200.0
27 Kearney Park 1,483 $64,625.0 $89,700.0
28 Wiggins 4,502 $42,656.0 $117,700.0
29 Water Valley 3,340 $31,265.0 $99,300.0
30 Wade 1,104 $75,116.0 $174,100.0
31 Raymond 2,059 $44,485.0 $118,800.0
32 Collins 2,873 $35,645.0 $94,000.0
33 Ecru 1,199 $43,148.0 $98,200.0
34 Delisle 1,185 $57,786.0 $270,000.0
35 Vancleave 4,917 $53,582.0 $169,400.0
36 Decatur 1,888 $24,063.0 $105,800.0
37 Mantachie 1,421 $36,370.0 $96,200.0
38 Coffeeville 1,068 $28,646.0 $66,800.0
39 Purvis 2,577 $30,905.0 $110,600.0
40 Leland 4,150 $31,727.0 $71,500.0
41 Winona 4,478 $31,143.0 $79,900.0
42 Flora 1,789 $37,163.0 $134,200.0
43 Iuka 2,964 $31,622.0 $100,500.0
44 Ellisville 4,570 $27,988.0 $83,600.0
45 Monticello 1,422 $34,667.0 $103,800.0
46 Walls 1,340 $45,163.0 $127,000.0
47 Pelahatchie 1,645 $35,000.0 $79,800.0
48 Charleston 1,796 $20,903.0 $66,000.0
49 Lucedale 3,007 $40,078.0 $85,400.0
50 Kiln 2,021 $46,595.0 $154,800.0
51 Newton 3,278 $29,246.0 $72,700.0
52 De Kalb 1,219 $42,083.0 $67,300.0
53 Tyle 1,786 $31,932.0 $87,800.0
54 Duck Hill 1,157 $21,875.0 $72,400.0
55 Union 2,053 $33,269.0 $76,300.0
56 Morgantown 1,918 $29,608.0 $80,600.0
57 Bay Springs 1,766 $37,670.0 $76,300.0
58 Houston 3,505 $31,178.0 $64,100.0
59 Nettleton 2,022 $36,331.0 $85,500.0
60 Port Gibson 1,743 $21,875.0 $77,800.0
61 Tutwiler 1,062 $28,636.0 $59,700.0
62 Woodville 1,015 $26,591.0 $77,000.0
63 Saucier 1,030 $38,362.0 $162,700.0
64 Sardis 1,978 $31,652.0 $76,000.0
65 Coldwater 1,641 $32,500.0 $72,500.0
66 Sharon 1,401 $52,417.0 $88,300.0
67 Carthage 4,877 $32,685.0 $117,000.0
68 Baldwyn 3,089 $28,935.0 $99,300.0
69 Raleigh 1,438 $35,338.0 $82,900.0
70 Glendale 1,836 $40,258.0 $75,500.0
71 Escatawpa 3,241 $41,808.0 $89,000.0
72 Ruleville 2,768 $30,233.0 $74,800.0
73 Mendenhall 2,711 $28,565.0 $89,300.0
74 Bruce 1,728 $30,353.0 $60,500.0
75 Mound Bayou 1,734 $21,154.0 $84,000.0
76 Calhoun City 1,879 $27,407.0 $74,000.0
77 Crystal Springs 4,910 $37,266.0 $89,500.0
78 Rolling Fork 2,266 $26,077.0 $49,600.0
79 Blue Mountain 1,096 $28,182.0 $65,600.0
80 Magnolia 2,001 $26,941.0 $82,800.0
81 Belzoni 2,137 $28,365.0 $66,200.0
82 Fayette 1,285 $16,786.0 $60,300.0
83 Eupora 2,273 $22,639.0 $75,800.0
84 Summit 2,404 $26,106.0 $94,700.0
85 Hazlehurst 3,895 $34,426.0 $86,200.0
86 Magee 4,343 $31,750.0 $101,800.0
87 Byhalia 1,690 $26,250.0 $109,100.0
88 Morton 3,429 $33,983.0 $77,900.0
89 Sunflower 1,115 $26,289.0 $59,000.0
90 Marks 1,637 $30,169.0 $59,200.0
91 Shannon 1,596 $28,818.0 $84,400.0
92 Pearl River 4,163 $37,539.0 $72,200.0
93 Brooksville 1,091 $24,000.0 $70,400.0
94 Verona 3,059 $23,788.0 $67,000.0
95 Vardaman 1,363 $33,152.0 $54,900.0
96 Elliott 1,314 $28,418.0 $66,800.0
97 Crenshaw 1,138 $30,868.0 $47,400.0
98 Shaw 1,818 $18,098.0 $60,600.0
99 Shelby 2,144 $22,276.0 $63,700.0
100 Metcalfe 1,000 $19,598.0 $64,500.0

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