Top 15 Safest Cities In Mississippi For 2018

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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 31 cities in Mississippi with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Mississippi for 2018:

  1. Petal (Photos | Homes)
  2. Madison (Photos | Homes)
  3. Brandon (Photos | Homes)
  4. Long Beach (Photos | Homes)
  5. Horn Lake (Photos | Homes)
  6. Hernando (Photos | Homes)
  7. Southaven (Photos | Homes)
  8. Olive Branch (Photos | Homes)
  9. Pass Christian (Photos | Homes)
  10. Oxford (Photos | Homes)
  11. Amory (Photos | Homes)
  12. West Point (Photos | Homes)
  13. Ocean Springs (Photos | Homes)
  14. Gautier (Photos | Homes)
  15. Flowood (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Mississippi, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Mississippi

Safest Cities in Mississippi Graph

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 2017) 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:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 84 crimes committed in Petal which had a reported population of 10,747. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0078 which translates into a 1 in 127 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 2016. This left us with a total of 31 of the biggest cities in Mississippi to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 31 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? Vicksburg, where residents had a 1 in 14 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.

Petal, MS
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 10,747
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 763 (2nd safest)
More on Petal: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Petal is a city in Forrest County, Mississippi, along the Leaf River. It is part of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 10,454 in the 2010 census. Madison, MS
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 26,119
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 758 (1st safest)
More on Madison: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Madison is a city in Madison County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 24,841 at the 2010 census. The population is currently over 25,000. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area. Brandon, MS
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 23,824
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 902 (3rd safest)
More on Brandon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Brandon is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi. The population was 21,705 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rankin County. Brandon is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area and located east of the state capital. Long Beach, MS
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 15,708
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,298 (5th safest)
More on Long Beach: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Long Beach is a city located in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,792. Horn Lake, MS
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 27,077
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,588 (7th safest)
More on Horn Lake: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hernando, MS
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 15,793
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 151 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,197 (4th safest)
More on Hernando: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hernando is a city in and the county seat of DeSoto County, which is on the northwest border of Mississippi, United States. The population was 14,090 at the 2010 census, up from 6,812 in 2000. DeSoto County is the second-most-populous county in the Memphis metropolitan area. Southaven, MS
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 53,310
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 110 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,776 (9th safest)
More on Southaven: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Southaven is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. It is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, and a principal city in the Memphis metropolitan area. The 2010 census reported a population of 48,982, making Southaven the third-largest city in Mississippi. Southaven is traversed from north to south by the I-55/I-69 freeway. The city's name derives from the fact that Southaven is located south of Whitehaven, a neighborhood in Memphis. Olive Branch, MS
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 36,513
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 183 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,552 (6th safest)
More on Olive Branch: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Olive Branch is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 33,484 at the 2010 census, up from 21,054 in 2000. Olive Branch is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, and is part of the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region that consists of three counties in southwest Tennessee, five counties in northwest Mississippi, and two counties in eastern Arkansas. From 1990 to 2010 Olive Branch was the fastest growing city in the United States, with a growth rate of 838%. Along with other rapidly growing suburbs in DeSoto County, Olive Branch attributes most of its growth and development to the exodus of large numbers of middle-class families from central Memphis. Pass Christian, MS
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,690
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 175 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,636 (8th safest)
More on Pass Christian: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Pass Christian, nicknamed The Pass, is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,613 at the 2010 census. Oxford, MS
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 23,052
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 169 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,802 (10th safest)
More on Oxford: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Oxford is a city in, and the county seat of, Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. Founded in 1837, it was named after the British university city of Oxford in hopes of having the state university located there, which it did successfully attract.
Amory, MS
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 7,022
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 142 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,161 (14th safest)
More on Amory: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Amory is a city in Monroe County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 7,316 as of the 2010 census. West Point, MS
Overall SnackAbility
3
/10

Population: 10,935
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 256 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,880 (11th safest)
More on West Point: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ocean Springs, MS
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 17,688
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 158 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,827 (17th safest)
More on Ocean Springs: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ocean Springs is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States, approximately 2 miles east of Biloxi and west of Gautier. It is part of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,225 at the 2000 U.S. Census. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city of Ocean Springs had a population of 17,442. Gautier, MS
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 18,566
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 280 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,145 (13th safest)
More on Gautier: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Gautier is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, along the Gulf of Mexico west of Pascagoula. It is part of the Pascagoula Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,572 at the 2010 census. In 2002, Gautier annexed land nearly doubling its population to 18,413 by 2010, according to the Gautier Comprehensive Plan 2030. Flowood, MS
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 8,879
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 259 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,547 (16th safest)
More on Flowood: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Flowood is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi. The population was 7,823 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Magnolia State

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:

  1. Vicksburg
  2. Mccomb
  3. Jackson
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Mississippi For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Petal, MS 10,747 18 763
2 Madison, MS 26,119 53 758
3 Brandon, MS 23,824 62 902
4 Long Beach, MS 15,708 70 2,298
5 Horn Lake, MS 27,077 73 2,588
6 Hernando, MS 15,793 151 2,197
7 Southaven, MS 53,310 110 2,776
8 Olive Branch, MS 36,513 183 2,552
9 Pass Christian, MS 5,690 175 2,636
10 Oxford, MS 23,052 169 2,802
11 Amory, MS 7,022 142 3,161
12 West Point, MS 10,935 256 2,880
13 Ocean Springs, MS 17,688 158 3,827
14 Gautier, MS 18,566 280 3,145
15 Flowood, MS 8,879 259 3,547
16 Batesville, MS 7,371 257 4,015
17 Ridgeland, MS 24,406 340 2,986
18 D'iberville, MS 11,795 118 7,028
19 Waveland, MS 6,382 266 4,669
20 Laurel, MS 18,894 418 4,477
21 Gulfport, MS 72,668 313 5,254
22 Holly Springs, MS 7,596 1,632 3,225
23 Greenville, MS 31,732 277 6,205
24 Hattiesburg, MS 47,006 312 5,854
25 Natchez, MS 15,003 426 5,032
26 Meridian, MS 39,364 594 4,605
27 Picayune, MS 10,631 442 4,816
28 Biloxi, MS 45,952 393 5,834
29 Jackson, MS 170,070 853 4,635
30 Mccomb, MS 12,632 506 5,375
31 Vicksburg, MS 22,986 587 6,221

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