These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Mississippi For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Mississippi that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Mississippi does this very well. Families love the Magnolia State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Mississippi that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Mississippi for 2018:

  1. Diamondhead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Long Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Natchez (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Biloxi (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Ocean Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Gulfport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Waveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. D’Iberville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Gautier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Picayune (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Crystal Springs (the cheapest place to live in Mississippi) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

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

1. Diamondhead

Diamondhead, Mississippi

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Population: 8,583
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 112
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
More on Diamondhead: Homes For Sale | Data
Diamondhead is a city in southeastern Hancock County, Mississippi, United States. The city is located just over 50 miles northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of the GulfportBiloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. In February 2012, Diamondhead was officially incorporated as a city. At the time of the 2010 census, when Diamondhead was an unincorporated census-designated place, the population was 8,425. The city population, with slightly different boundaries, was estimated at 8,217 in 2016.

2. Long Beach

Long Beach, Mississippi

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Population: 14,981
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 95
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
More on Long Beach: Homes For Sale | Data
Long Beach is a city located in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,792.

3. Natchez

Natchez, Mississippi

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Population: 15,847
Services: 112
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 108
Housing: 54
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 84
More on Natchez: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Biloxi

Biloxi, Mississippi

Population: 44,223
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 87
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
More on Biloxi: Homes For Sale | Data
Biloxi is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. The 2010 United States Census recorded the population as 44,054, and in 2016 the estimated population was 45,975. Along with the adjoining city of Gulfport, Biloxi is a county seat of Harrison County. It was first settled by French colonists.

5. Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

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Population: 17,420
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 99
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
More on Ocean Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
Ocean Springs is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States, approximately 2 miles east of Biloxi and west of Gautier. It is part of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,225 at the 2000 U.S. Census. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city of Ocean Springs had a population of 17,442.

6. Gulfport

Gulfport, Mississippi

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Population: 68,158
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 77
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
More on Gulfport: Homes For Sale | Data
Gulfport is the second largest city in Mississippi after the state capital, Jackson. It is the larger of the two principal cities of the Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city of Gulfport had a total population of 67,793. Gulfport is co-county seat with Biloxi of Harrison County, Mississippi. Gulfport is also home to the US Navy Atlantic Fleet Seabees.

7. Waveland

Waveland, Mississippi

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Population: 6,492
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 77
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
More on Waveland: Homes For Sale | Data
Waveland is a city located in Hancock County, Mississippi, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city of Waveland was incorporated in 1972. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,435. Waveland was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969, and by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.

8. D’Iberville


Population: 9,539
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 83
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
More on D’Iberville: Homes For Sale | Data
D’Iberville is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, immediately north of Biloxi, across the Back Bay. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 9,486. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area.

9. Gautier

Gautier, Mississippi

Population: 18,502
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 72
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
More on Gautier: Homes For Sale | Data
Gautier is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, along the Gulf of Mexico west of Pascagoula. It is part of the Pascagoula Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,572 at the 2010 census. In 2002, Gautier annexed land nearly doubling its population to 18,413 by 2010, according to the Gautier Comprehensive Plan 2030.

10. Picayune

Picayune, Mississippi

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Population: 10,982
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 65
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
More on Picayune: Homes For Sale | Data
Picayune is the largest city in Pearl River County, Mississippi. The population was 10,878 at the 2010 census. Picayune was added to the New Orleans metropolitan area in 2014, however it remains its own town respectively. The city is located approximately 45 miles from New Orleans, Hattiesburg and Gulfport-Biloxi. The Stennis Space Center is 10 miles away.

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

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Mississippi Map
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 most 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.

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

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Mississippi that have the highest cost of living, with Diamondhead ranking as the most expensive city in the Magnolia State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Mississippi:

  1. Crystal Springs
  2. Forest
  3. Waynesboro

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Mississippi

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

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