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

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

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

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