We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Mississippi, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Petal.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Magnolia State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 30 cities in Mississippi with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
So what's the safest place to live in Mississippi for 2019? According to the most recent FBI UCR data, Petal ranks as the safest place to live on a violent crime and property crime rate basis.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
For more reading on safe places to live in and around Mississippi, check out:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2018) in Mississippi.Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 93 crimes committed in Petal which had a reported population of 10,743. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0087 which translates into a 1 in 115 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 30 of the biggest cities in Mississippi to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 30 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Mississippi".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Petal. The most dangerous city in Mississippi? Mccomb, where residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Welcome to Petal, our number one safest city in Mississippi for 2019. It's so safe in this little Hattiesburg-burb, that the alligators are always showing their faces along the Leaf River at the same time every evening reminding the residents to get home before dark. Thanks gators!
Petal is known as 'The Friendly City'. So it is no surprise that they scored an 8/10 HomeSnacks snackability score with an emphasis on job availability and safety. They keep their city safe so you will want to move to their neck of the woods.
We're pretty sure the only crime being committed here is a 'Petal-ite' cheering for any NFL team other than the Saints. Unfortunately, we can't say so much for the refs during the last Saints vs LA Rams game.
Madison is the ideal destination when you're trying to find that true Mississippi, swampbilly feel with safe, small city vibes and big city pride. This is definitely one of the reasons it has held strong from last year to be our second safest city in Mississippi for 2019.
This Madison County city is the kind of place where one can safely cruise the roads on ATVs, lawnmowers, and trucks with gun racks. It's also the kind of place where packages from Amazon won't get stolen from your front porch. But if they do, it was probably a gator. And take it from us, you should pick your battles. #bettersafethansorry
It might not be Jackson but this little city with a vibrant melting pot of swampbillies, Saint's fans, and cotton farmers, as well as five star restaurants, unforgettable summer festivals, and endless fun, is just as notable and just as safe. Probably why it's one of the most populous cities in Rankin County.
Brandon's gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents, their large number of educated residents, and their A+ social and economic infrastructure, is the reason it's our third safest city in Mississippi for 2019. #Gettin'ItDoneInThe601
One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, and drum roll......our fourth safest city in Mississippi for 2019 is Pass Christian.
This little Mississippi gem scored a strong 6/10 on our snackability scale. They scored an 8/10 in terms of safety and an 8/10 for number of educated residents. I think it's safe to say they're the poster city for the rest of the state. And word on the street is that young professionals are starting to take notice and move Pass Christian's direction. So don't wait, cuz the word is out.
At the very, very, very northern tip of Mississippi is our fifth safest city in Mississippi: Horn Lake. It's nestled so far North in Mississippi that their nickname is 'Doorway to Mississippi'. Don't get any ideas Tennesseeans, this is Saints' country.
Whether it's strolling Elvis Presley's ranch, buying crawfish at the local seafood shop, or sippping a Mississippi Mudslide at the local watering hole, nothin' says safe like a community that creates opportunities to get to know anything and everything about each other. Just make sure you safely take out the trash in proper attire cuz someone is always watching, and you wouldn't want to be the talk of the DeSoto Times. #justsayin'
Byram, located just South of Jackson, is our sixth safest city in Mississippi. This little city in Hinds County is super family friendly and virtually crime free. It's one of the safest places to call home on our list.
We think Byram's city motto should be: 'Feels Like Home'. They are super welcoming; and in true Mississippi fashion, they would be happy to get anyone out of a pickle.
Byram's overall HomeSnacks snackability score was off the hook! Not surprising, considering their safety rating is a 7/10 and percentage of educated residents is 8.5/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.
Keep makin' The Magnolia State proud, Byram.
Something pretty spectacular must be happening up there in that northern Mississippi border-land cuz our seventh safest city, Southhaven, also hails from that region.
If you ask the residents what they are doing to keep it so safe, they will tell you that they take pride in their education and that they keep people employed. Smart, busy swampbillies? That should definitely be a reality show.
Swampbully-ing aside, the term SAFE takes on a new meaning in this Memphis-burb. Not only do people think wearing a Saint's jersey will keep them safe, it truly is a family friendly city where the (S)treets (A)re (F)or (E)veryone. The people here are super welcoming and there are a ton of safe, family friendly parks and activities.
Welcome to our eighth safest city in Mississippi: Clinton. This city with a little over 25,000 residents in Hinds County, should be called 'Mississippi's Best Kept Secret,' cuz all is crazy safe and super fine in the city where the hospitality never ends. We all know that people don't want to live in a city that is not welcoming and not safe.
And kudos to Clinton, their snackability rating is a whopping 7.5/10! Their number of amenities scored 8/10 and their education rating an 8.5/10! Scott has a strong sense of community with a big city focus. Check it out! We're pretty sure you will want to call it home. #YouBelongHere
Don't expect any Mississippi mayhem in this city. Oxford is safe. Our ninth safest city in the Magnolia State for 2019.
This is the quintessential city in Lafayette County. Oxford's neighborhoods are super safe and there's a ton of stuff to do. Needless to say, it was not shocking to see them in the top ten. Heck, they crushed our snackability scale.
And you'd think it was the home of Oxford University with all of the smart swampbillies here. They scored a 9/10 in education! Good work, Oxford.
Y'all flip on your swamp boat hazards, slap on a life jacket, and read on to find out why Ridgeland is our tenth safest city in Mississippi.
It might not be Jackson, but this safe, little Ross Barnett Reservoir city with a vibrant fishing and boating community, quiet neighborhoods, and hardworking residents is just as notable and just as safe. Probably why it's one of the most sought after cities outside of Biloxi.
If this doesn't make you a "Ridgeland Believer," check out our story "Best Places to Live in Mississippi". This Madison County city is the real deal!
Looking at the data, you can tell that Petal is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Mississippi residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Mississippi according to the data:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|4||Pass Christian, MS||5,902||84||2,660|
|5||Horn Lake, MS||27,199||117||2,584|
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