These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Mississippi


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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 Ripley and Aberdeen, 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:

  1. D’Iberville
  2. Oxford
  3. Hernando
  4. Byram
  5. Bay St. Louis
  6. Flowood
  7. Olive Branch
  8. Southaven
  9. Brandon
  10. Madison

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–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.

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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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 60 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. D’Iberville

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,161
Population 2010: 8,905
Growth Rate: 14.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,256

2. Oxford

Oxford, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,200
Population 2010: 17,990
Growth Rate: 12.28%
Absolute Growth: 2,210

3. Hernando

Hernando, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,723
Population 2010: 13,253
Growth Rate: 11.09%
Absolute Growth: 1,470

4. Byram

Byram, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,609
Population 2010: 10,511
Growth Rate: 10.45%
Absolute Growth: 1,098

5. Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,313
Population 2010: 9,349
Growth Rate: 10.31%
Absolute Growth: 964

6. Flowood


Population 2014: 8,218
Population 2010: 7,586
Growth Rate: 8.33%
Absolute Growth: 632

7. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,543
Population 2010: 31,910
Growth Rate: 8.25%
Absolute Growth: 2,633

8. Southaven

Southaven, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,389
Population 2010: 46,743
Growth Rate: 7.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,646

9. Brandon

Brandon, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 22,616
Population 2010: 21,072
Growth Rate: 7.33%
Absolute Growth: 1,544

10. Madison

Madison, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,871
Population 2010: 23,294
Growth Rate: 6.77%
Absolute Growth: 1,577

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Mississippi are led by D’Iberville which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Mississippi

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
D’Iberville 1 10,161 8,905 1,256 14.1%
Oxford 2 20,200 17,990 2,210 12.3%
Hernando 3 14,723 13,253 1,470 11.1%
Byram 4 11,609 10,511 1,098 10.4%
Bay St. Louis 5 10,313 9,349 964 10.3%
Flowood 6 8,218 7,586 632 8.3%
Olive Branch 7 34,543 31,910 2,633 8.3%
Southaven 8 50,389 46,743 3,646 7.8%
Brandon 9 22,616 21,072 1,544 7.3%
Madison 10 24,871 23,294 1,577 6.8%
Gulfport 11 69,913 66,286 3,627 5.5%
Starkville 12 24,457 23,436 1,021 4.4%
Pearl 13 26,105 25,058 1,047 4.2%
Horn Lake 14 26,486 25,495 991 3.9%
New Albany 15 8,291 7,999 292 3.7%
Petal 16 10,675 10,301 374 3.6%
Long Beach 17 15,224 14,769 455 3.1%
Ridgeland 18 24,209 23,499 710 3.0%
Tupelo 19 35,345 34,363 982 2.9%
Gautier 20 18,581 18,088 493 2.7%
Richland 21 7,012 6,835 177 2.6%
Pontotoc 22 5,754 5,617 137 2.4%
Hattiesburg 23 46,629 45,713 916 2.0%
Canton 24 13,321 13,077 244 1.9%
Corinth 25 14,797 14,550 247 1.7%
Biloxi 26 44,527 43,921 606 1.4%
Clinton 27 25,486 25,142 344 1.4%
Senatobia 28 8,063 7,958 105 1.3%
Laurel 29 18,720 18,506 214 1.2%
Ocean Springs 30 17,446 17,258 188 1.1%
Booneville 31 8,775 8,755 20 0.2%
Forest 32 5,719 5,711 8 0.1%
Greenwood 33 15,873 15,870 3 0.0%
Meridian 34 40,809 40,927 -118 -0.3%
Waveland 35 6,463 6,490 -27 -0.4%
Philadelphia 36 7,446 7,482 -36 -0.5%
Batesville 37 7,436 7,486 -50 -0.7%
Kosciusko 38 7,302 7,355 -53 -0.7%
Brookhaven 39 12,499 12,618 -119 -0.9%
Jackson 40 173,631 175,489 -1,858 -1.1%
Ripley 41 5,349 5,409 -60 -1.1%
Columbus 42 23,483 23,768 -285 -1.2%
Mccomb 43 12,771 12,932 -161 -1.2%
Yazoo City 44 11,462 11,645 -183 -1.6%
Cleveland 45 12,318 12,536 -218 -1.7%
Columbia 46 6,446 6,573 -127 -1.9%
Moss Point 47 13,690 13,963 -273 -2.0%
Picayune 48 10,838 11,087 -249 -2.2%
West Point 49 11,200 11,467 -267 -2.3%
Vicksburg 50 23,559 24,189 -630 -2.6%
Amory 51 7,197 7,390 -193 -2.6%
Louisville 52 6,498 6,701 -203 -3.0%
Pascagoula 53 22,239 22,947 -708 -3.1%
Holly Springs 54 7,585 7,827 -242 -3.1%
Grenada 55 12,951 13,415 -464 -3.5%
Indianola 56 10,426 10,884 -458 -4.2%
Clarksdale 57 17,497 18,276 -779 -4.3%
Natchez 58 15,563 16,279 -716 -4.4%
Greenville 59 33,518 35,141 -1,623 -4.6%
Aberdeen 60 5,492 5,774 -282 -4.9%

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