These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities 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
  2. Long Beach
  3. Natchez (Photos)
  4. Biloxi
  5. Ocean Springs
  6. Gulfport
  7. Waveland (Photos)
  8. D’Iberville
  9. Gautier
  10. Picayune (Photos)

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.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 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.

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1. Diamondhead

Diamondhead, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,583
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 112
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
Diamondhead is a city in southeastern Hancock County, Mississippi, United States. The city is located just over 50 miles (80 km) 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,981
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 95
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
Long Beach is a city (incorporated August 10, 1905) 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,847
Services: 112
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 108
Housing: 54
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 84

4. Biloxi

Biloxi, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,223
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 87
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
Biloxi (/blksi/ bi-LUK-see) 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,420
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 99
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
Ocean Springs is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,158
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 77
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,492
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 77
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
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

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,539
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 83
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
D’Iberville /diabrvl/ 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


Population: 18,502
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 72
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
Gautier (/ote/ GOH-chay; French: [otje]) 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,982
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 65
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
Picayune (/pkjun/, pick-uh-YOON) 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 (72 km) from New Orleans, Hattiesburg and Gulfport-Biloxi. The Stennis Space Center is 10 miles (16 km) away.

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Mississippi

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

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