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.
- Crystal Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Forest (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waynesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brookhaven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Laurel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Columbia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Meridian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Carthage (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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 some more reading about Mississippi and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Magnolia State For 2018
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia is a city in and the county seat of Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 7,477 at the 2010 census.
Clarksdale is a city in Coahoma County, Mississippi, United States, and seat of the county.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Mississippi 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.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Mississippi according to the data:
- Long Beach
For more Mississippi reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Mississippi
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Mississippi For 2018
- 10 Safest Places In Mississippi
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Mississippi