These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Mississippi For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Mississippi go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Mississippi definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Mississippi where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Magnolia State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 62 largest places in Mississippi, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Mississippi for 2018:

  1. Crystal Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Forest (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Waynesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Brookhaven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Laurel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Columbia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Meridian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Carthage (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Clarksdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Diamondhead (the most expensive place in Mississippi) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Mississippi or the most expensive.

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Magnolia State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In mississippi
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Mississippi to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 62 places in Mississippi that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

1. Crystal Springs

Crystal Springs, Mississippi

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,060
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 89
Housing: 47
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 94
More on Crystal Springs: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Forest

Forest, Mississippi

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,702
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 89
Housing: 48
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 94
More on Forest: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Population: 5,073
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 89
Housing: 50
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 94
More on Waynesboro: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Brookhaven

Brookhaven, Mississippi

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,549
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 89
Housing: 50
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 94
More on Brookhaven: Homes For Sale | Data
Brookhaven is a small city in Lincoln County, Mississippi, United States, 60 miles south of the state capital of Jackson. The population was 12,520 at the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the county seat of Lincoln County. It was named after the Town of Brookhaven, New York by founder Samuel Jayne in 1818.

5. Laurel

Laurel, Mississippi

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,611
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 89
Housing: 51
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 94
More on Laurel: Homes For Sale | Data
Laurel is a city in and the second county seat of Jones County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 18,548. It is located northeast of Ellisville, the first county seat, which contains the first county courthouse. Laurel has the second county courthouse, as there are two judicial districts in Jones County.

6. Columbia

Columbia, Mississippi

Population: 6,543
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 89
Housing: 53
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 94
More on Columbia: Homes For Sale | Data
Columbia is a city in Marion County, Mississippi, which was formed six years before Mississippi was admitted to statehood. Columbia was named for Columbia, South Carolina, from which many of the early settlers had migrated. The population was 6,603 as of the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Marion County.

7. Meridian

Meridian, Mississippi

Population: 41,056
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 89
Housing: 53
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 94
More on Meridian: Homes For Sale | Data
Meridian is the sixth largest city in the state of Mississippi, United States. It is the county seat of Lauderdale County and the principal city of the Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area. Along major highways, the city is 93mi east of Jackson, Mississippi; 154mi southwest of Birmingham, Alabama; 202mi northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana; and 231mi southeast of Memphis, Tennessee.

8. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Mississippi

Population: 7,483
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 89
Housing: 54
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 94
More on Philadelphia: Homes For Sale | Data
Philadelphia is a city in and the county seat of Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 7,477 at the 2010 census.

9. Carthage

Carthage, Mississippi

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,062
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 89
Housing: 54
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 94
More on Carthage: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Clarksdale

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Population: 17,906
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 42
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
More on Clarksdale: Homes For Sale | Data
Clarksdale is a city in Coahoma County, Mississippi, United States, and seat of the county.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Mississippi, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Mississippi

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Crystal Springs 21.5 5,060 85 98 89
2 Forest 21.83 5,702 85 98 89
3 Waynesboro 22.83 5,073 85 98 89
4 Brookhaven 22.83 12,549 85 98 89
5 Laurel 23.33 18,611 85 98 89
6 Columbia 23.83 6,543 85 98 89
7 Meridian 23.83 41,056 85 98 89
8 Philadelphia 24.33 7,483 85 98 89
9 Carthage 24.33 5,062 85 98 89
10 Clarksdale 24.5 17,906 93 91 85
11 Aberdeen 24.67 5,626 89 87 96
12 Kosciusko 24.67 7,359 89 87 96
13 Amory 25.0 7,313 89 87 96
14 Canton 25.33 13,185 85 98 89
15 Jackson 25.5 174,382 85 98 89
16 Ripley 25.5 5,381 89 87 96
17 Booneville 25.92 8,788 89 87 96
18 Holly Springs 26.08 7,699 93 91 85
19 Hattiesburg 26.42 46,284 85 98 89
20 Richland 26.42 6,955 85 98 89
21 Louisville 26.5 6,617 89 87 96
22 Greenwood 26.5 15,298 89 87 96
23 Pearl 27.08 25,623 85 98 89
24 Grenada 27.17 13,121 89 87 96
25 West Point 27.5 11,317 89 87 96
26 Petal 28.17 10,515 85 98 89
27 Corinth 28.5 14,663 89 87 96
28 Byram 28.67 11,277 85 98 89
29 Columbus 28.75 23,604 89 87 96
30 Pontotoc 28.75 5,652 89 87 96
31 Clinton 29.17 25,361 85 98 89
32 Brandon 29.33 21,689 85 98 89
33 New Albany 29.33 8,076 89 87 96
34 Ridgeland 29.83 23,987 85 98 89
35 Tupelo 30.08 34,827 89 87 96
36 Cleveland 30.25 12,315 93 91 85
37 Flowood 30.33 7,881 85 98 89
38 Batesville 30.67 7,457 93 91 85
39 Madison 30.83 24,153 85 98 89
40 Horn Lake 30.92 26,120 93 91 85
41 Senatobia 31.5 8,071 93 91 85
42 Starkville 31.5 23,908 89 87 96
43 Yazoo City 31.75 11,524 99 98 91
44 Indianola 32.58 10,682 99 98 91
45 Southaven 32.67 48,981 93 91 85
46 Hernando 33.33 14,117 93 91 85
47 Greenville 33.58 34,259 99 98 91
48 Olive Branch 33.92 33,484 93 91 85
49 Oxford 34.25 19,022 89 87 96
50 Vicksburg 35.42 23,725 99 98 91
51 Moss Point 43.0 13,807 96 103 88
52 Picayune 44.5 10,982 98 94 94
53 Pascagoula 44.5 22,523 96 103 88
54 Gautier 44.67 18,502 96 103 88
55 D’Iberville 45.67 9,539 96 103 88
56 Gulfport 46.67 68,158 98 94 94
57 Waveland 46.67 6,492 98 94 94
58 Ocean Springs 47.25 17,420 96 103 88
59 Biloxi 47.5 44,223 98 94 94
60 Natchez 47.83 15,847 112 100 108
61 Long Beach 48.17 14,981 98 94 94
62 Diamondhead 49.08 8,583 98 94 94

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