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.
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:
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:
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
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.
Population: 10,723Property Crime Rank: 70Violent Crime Rank: 159
Population: 22,897Property Crime Rank: 250Violent Crime Rank: 355
Population: 25,167Property Crime Rank: 382Violent Crime Rank: 603
4. Long Beach
Population: 15,369Property Crime Rank: 1,597Violent Crime Rank: 709
5. Horn Lake
Population: 26,662Property Crime Rank: 1,771Violent Crime Rank: 828
Population: 20,769Property Crime Rank: 1,807Violent Crime Rank: 868
Population: 7,151Property Crime Rank: 2,792Violent Crime Rank: 390
Population: 18,563Property Crime Rank: 2,439Violent Crime Rank: 1,199
9. Olive Branch
Population: 35,018Property Crime Rank: 2,270Violent Crime Rank: 1,629
Population: 24,754Property Crime Rank: 2,726Violent 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
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