These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Mississippi For 2019

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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 30 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 2019:

  1. Petal (Photos | Homes)
  2. Madison (Photos | Homes)
  3. Brandon (Photos | Homes)
  4. Pass Christian (Photos | Homes)
  5. Horn Lake (Photos | Homes)
  6. Byram (Homes)
  7. Southaven (Photos | Homes)
  8. Clinton (Photos | Homes)
  9. Oxford (Photos | Homes)
  10. Ridgeland (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 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:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
10 Best Places To Live In Mississippi

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.

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

Population: 10,743
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 837 (1st 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: 26,339
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 41 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 952 (3rd 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: 24,125
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 928 (2nd 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. Pass Christian, MS
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,902
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,660 (9th 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. Horn Lake, MS
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 27,199
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,584 (8th safest)
More on Horn Lake: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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6
/10

Population: 11,549
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 155 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,060 (5th safest)
More on Byram: Real Estate | Data

Byram is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 11,489 as of the 2010 census, up from 7,386 at the 2000 census, at which time it was an unincorporated census-designated place. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was incorporated for a second time in its history on June 16, 2009. Southaven, MS
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 53,928
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 139 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,742 (10th 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. Clinton, MS
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 25,202
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 309 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,956 (4th safest)
More on Clinton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Clinton is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, it is the tenth largest city in Mississippi. The population was 25,216 at the 2010 United States Census. Oxford, MS
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 24,071
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 149 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,758 (11th 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. Ridgeland, MS
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 24,551
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 240 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,578 (7th safest)
More on Ridgeland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ridgeland is a city in Madison County, Mississippi. The population was 24,047 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. Mccomb
  2. Greenwood
  3. Vicksburg
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Mississippi For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Petal, MS 10,743 27 837
2 Madison, MS 26,339 41 952
3 Brandon, MS 24,125 111 928
4 Pass Christian, MS 5,902 84 2,660
5 Horn Lake, MS 27,199 117 2,584
6 Byram, MS 11,549 155 2,060
7 Southaven, MS 53,928 139 2,742
8 Clinton, MS 25,202 309 1,956
9 Oxford, MS 24,071 149 2,758
10 Ridgeland, MS 24,551 240 2,578
11 Flowood, MS 9,032 132 3,753
12 Waveland, MS 6,426 15 5,415
13 Starkville, MS 25,852 158 3,566
14 West Point, MS 10,817 452 2,551
15 Ocean Springs, MS 17,698 180 3,791
16 D'iberville, MS 11,852 84 7,652
17 Gautier, MS 18,451 346 3,907
18 Hattiesburg, MS 47,116 275 4,484
19 Brookhaven, MS 12,334 543 2,772
20 Batesville, MS 7,380 406 4,132
21 Meridian, MS 38,778 500 3,873
22 Holly Springs, MS 7,682 1,301 3,371
23 Laurel, MS 18,790 447 4,869
24 Gulfport, MS 72,792 410 5,030
25 Pascagoula, MS 21,928 328 6,612
26 Biloxi, MS 46,263 384 6,404
27 Jackson, MS 168,397 708 4,423
28 Vicksburg, MS 22,772 526 5,981
29 Greenwood, MS 14,146 593 5,867
30 Mccomb, MS 12,812 819 6,501

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