These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Mississippi For 2017

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 28 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. Long Beach
  5. Horn Lake
  6. Oxford
  7. Amory
  8. Gautier
  9. Olive Branch
  10. Starkville

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

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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 (Sept 2015). 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
These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Mississippi

For example, there were a total of 229 crimes committed in Petal which had a reported population of 10,723. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0214 which translates into a 1 in 47 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 28 places in Mississippi to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 28 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? Holly Springs, where residents had a 1 in 1 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: 10,723
Property Crime Rank: 70
Violent Crime Rank: 159

2. Brandon

Brandon - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,897
Property Crime Rank: 250
Violent Crime Rank: 355

3. Madison

Madison - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,167
Property Crime Rank: 382
Violent Crime Rank: 603

4. Long Beach

Long Beach - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,369
Property Crime Rank: 1,597
Violent Crime Rank: 709

5. Horn Lake

Horn Lake - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,662
Property Crime Rank: 1,771
Violent Crime Rank: 828

6. Oxford

Oxford - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,769
Property Crime Rank: 1,807
Violent Crime Rank: 868

7. Amory

Amory - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,151
Property Crime Rank: 2,792
Violent Crime Rank: 390

8. Gautier

Gautier - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,563
Property Crime Rank: 2,439
Violent Crime Rank: 1,199

9. Olive Branch

Olive Branch - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,018
Property Crime Rank: 2,270
Violent Crime Rank: 1,629

10. Starkville

Starkville - Safest Places In Mississippi
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,754
Property Crime Rank: 2,726
Violent Crime Rank: 1,497

There You Have It - The Safest In Mississippi

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: Batesville
2nd Most Dangerous: Jackson
Most Dangerous: Holly Springs

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Mississippi

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Petal110,72370159
Brandon222,897250355
Madison325,167382603
Long Beach415,3691,597709
Horn Lake526,6621,771828
Oxford620,7691,807868
Amory77,1512,792390
Gautier818,5632,4391,199
Olive Branch935,0182,2701,629
Starkville1024,7542,7261,497
Ridgeland1124,2762,4831,957
West Point1211,1222,1992,778
Ocean Springs1317,5283,0141,840
Flowood148,3853,0641,816
Pass Christian155,1303,1501,688
D'Iberville1610,5323,813311
Gulfport1770,6423,5022,124
Hattiesburg1846,7623,7051,887
Natchez1915,4743,6652,350
Laurel2018,7703,5512,662
Picayune2110,7843,4043,085
Meridian2240,5073,5173,054
Vicksburg2323,4393,5892,938
Biloxi2444,8253,5863,175
Pascagoula2522,2303,7462,961
Batesville267,4133,7433,004
Jackson27173,2123,4273,598
Holly Springs287,5723,2593,797

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