These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Mississippi


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:

  1. Clarksdale
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Kosciusko
  4. Amory
  5. Crystal Springs
  6. Forest
  7. Ripley
  8. Booneville
  9. Holly Springs
  10. Greenwood

So listen up Diamondhead as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Magnolia State

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.

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1. Clarksdale

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,906
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 42
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 97

2. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,626
Services: 89
Groceries: 87
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 45
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 78

3. Kosciusko

Kosciusko, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,359
Services: 89
Groceries: 87
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 45
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 78

4. Amory

Amory, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,313
Services: 89
Groceries: 87
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 46
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 78

5. Crystal Springs

Crystal Springs, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,060
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Healthcare: 89
Housing: 47
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 94

6. Forest

Forest, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,702
Services: 85
Groceries: 98
Healthcare: 89
Housing: 48
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 94

7. Ripley

Ripley, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,381
Services: 89
Groceries: 87
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 48
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 78

8. Booneville


Population: 8,788
Services: 89
Groceries: 87
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 49
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 78

9. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,699
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 97

10. Greenwood

Greenwood, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,298
Services: 89
Groceries: 87
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 50
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 78

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Mississippi

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

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