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