These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Mississippi
We used data and science to determine the places in Mississippi where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Mississippi is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Magnolia State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 33 places in Mississippi with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in Mississippi
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 5 crimes committed in Petal which had a reported population of 10,898. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000459 which translates into a 1 in 2180 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 2014. This left us with a total of 33 places in Mississippi to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 33 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Petal. The most dangerous? Indianola, where residents had a 1 in 120 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.
Population: 10,898Property Crime Rank: 3Violent Crime Rank: 2
Population: 22,707Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 7
Population: 25,572Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 6
Population: 6,422Property Crime Rank: 1Violent Crime Rank: 20
Population: 11,628Property Crime Rank: 11Violent Crime Rank: 10
6. Long Beach
Population: 15,571Property Crime Rank: 13Violent Crime Rank: 8
7. Horn Lake
Population: 26,766Property Crime Rank: 12Violent Crime Rank: 11
8. Olive Branch
Population: 35,314Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 22
Population: 24,511Property Crime Rank: 18Violent Crime Rank: 18
10. Pass Christian
Population: 5,261Property Crime Rank: 21Violent Crime Rank: 12
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Petal is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Mississippi residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Mississippi:3rd Most Dangerous: Natchez 2nd Most Dangerous: Vicksburg Most Dangerous: Indianola
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Mississippi