Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Jackson and Gulfport, while others want peace and quiet like in Pass Christian and Ripley, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Mississippi have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Magnolia State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Mississippi for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Bay St. Louis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- D’Iberville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oxford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hernando (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Tupelo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Flowood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Olive Branch (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Southaven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Byram (Homes For Sale)
- Pass Christian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Bay St. Louis, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Mississippi are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Magnolia State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
We ranked all 61 Mississippi cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Magnolia State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
1. Bay St. Louis
Population: 10,829 Population 2010: 8,905
Growth Rate: 21.61%
Absolute Growth: 1,924
More on D’Iberville: Homes For Sale | Data
D’Iberville /diabrvl/ is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, immediately north of Biloxi, across the Back Bay. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 9,486. It is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Population: 21,634 Population 2010: 17,990
Growth Rate: 20.26%
Absolute Growth: 3,644
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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.
Population: 15,227 Population 2010: 13,253
Growth Rate: 14.89%
Absolute Growth: 1,974
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Hernando is a city in and the county seat of DeSoto County, which is on the northwest border of Mississippi, United States. The population was 14,090 at the 2010 census, up from 6,812 in 2000. DeSoto County is the second-most-populous county in the Memphis metropolitan area.
Population: 38,856 Population 2010: 34,363
Growth Rate: 13.08%
Absolute Growth: 4,493
More on Tupelo: Homes For Sale | Data
Tupelo /tuplo/ is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. The seventh-largest city in the state, it is situated in Northeast Mississippi, between Memphis, Tennessee, and Birmingham, Alabama. It is accessed by Interstate 22. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,546, with the surrounding counties of Lee, Pontotoc and Itawamba supporting a population of 139,671
Population: 8,532 Population 2010: 7,586
Growth Rate: 12.47%
Absolute Growth: 946
More on Flowood: Homes For Sale | Data
Flowood is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi. The population was 7,823 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.
7. Olive Branch
Population: 35,508 Population 2010: 31,910
Growth Rate: 11.28%
Absolute Growth: 3,598
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Olive Branch is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 33,484 at the 2010 census, up from 21,054 in 2000. Olive Branch is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, and is part of the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region that consists of three counties in southwest Tennessee, five counties in northwest Mississippi, and two counties in eastern Arkansas. From 1990 to 2010 Olive Branch was the fastest growing city in the United States, with a growth rate of 838%. Along with other rapidly growing suburbs in DeSoto County, Olive Branch attributes most of its growth and development to the exodus of large numbers of middle-class families from central Memphis.
Population: 51,816 Population 2010: 46,743
Growth Rate: 10.85%
Absolute Growth: 5,073
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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: 11,610 Population 2010: 10,511
Growth Rate: 10.46%
Absolute Growth: 1,099
More on Byram: Homes For Sale | 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 (CDP). It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was incorporated for a second time in its history on June 16, 2009.
10. Pass Christian
Population: 5,302 Population 2010: 4,809
Growth Rate: 10.25%
Absolute Growth: 493
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Pass Christian (/pæs krstiæn/), 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.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Mississippi are led by Bay St. Louis which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more Mississippi reading , check out:
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Mississippi
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Mississippi
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Mississippi
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