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.

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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 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:

  1. Petal
  2. Brandon
  3. Madison
  4. Louisville
  5. Byram
  6. Long Beach
  7. Horn Lake
  8. Olive Branch
  9. Ridgeland
  10. Pass Christian

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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
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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.

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1. Petal

Petal - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,898
Property Crime Rank: 3
Violent Crime Rank: 2

2. Brandon

Brandon - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,707
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 7

3. Madison

Madison - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,572
Property Crime Rank: 5
Violent Crime Rank: 6

4. Louisville

Louisville - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,422
Property Crime Rank: 1
Violent Crime Rank: 20

5. Byram

Byram - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,628
Property Crime Rank: 11
Violent Crime Rank: 10

6. Long Beach

Long Beach - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,571
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 8

7. Horn Lake

Horn Lake - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,766
Property Crime Rank: 12
Violent Crime Rank: 11

8. Olive Branch

Olive Branch - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,314
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 22

9. Ridgeland

Ridgeland - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,511
Property Crime Rank: 18
Violent Crime Rank: 18

10. Pass Christian

Pass Christian - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,261
Property Crime Rank: 21
Violent 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

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Petal110,89832
Brandon222,70747
Madison325,57256
Louisville46,422120
Byram511,6281110
Long Beach615,571138
Horn Lake726,7661211
Olive Branch835,3141522
Ridgeland924,5111818
Pass Christian105,2612112
Amory117,122259
Starkville1224,9902216
Ocean Springs1317,5142314
Aberdeen145,4331729
Gautier1518,5262028
West Point1611,2021636
Laurel1719,0803024
Flowood188,5212732
Hattiesburg1947,9303323
Philadelphia207,4222838
Meridian2140,8733137
Picayune2210,7923239
Biloxi2345,0083434
Batesville247,4563631
D'Iberville2510,5954025
Holly Springs267,5282943
McComb2712,7313930
Greenville2832,9174226
Pascagoula2922,2153835
Jackson30172,3763541
Natchez3115,4464133
Vicksburg3223,4603740
Indianola3310,1754342

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