These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Mississippi


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:

  1. Diamondhead (Photos)
  2. Ocean Springs (Photos)
  3. Long Beach (Photos)
  4. Madison (Photos)
  5. Biloxi (Photos)
  6. Oxford (Photos)
  7. Flowood
  8. Olive Branch (Photos)
  9. D’Iberville (Photos)
  10. Ridgeland

If you’re wondering, Clarksdale is the most affordable city in Mississippi.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Mississippi.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Mississippi

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.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 59 places in Mississippi that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Diamondhead, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Diamondhead

Diamondhead, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,275
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 112
Healthcare Index: 94
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 97

2. Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,446
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 99
Healthcare Index: 88
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 107

3. Long Beach

Long Beach, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,224
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 95
Healthcare Index: 94
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 97

4. Madison

Madison, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,871
Services Index: 85
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 136
Healthcare Index: 89
Transportation Index: 88
Utilities Index: 94

5. Biloxi

Biloxi, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,527
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 87
Healthcare Index: 94
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 97

6. Oxford

Oxford, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,200
Services Index: 89
Groceries Index: 87
Housing Index: 112
Healthcare Index: 96
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 78

7. Flowood

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,218
Services Index: 85
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 105
Healthcare Index: 89
Transportation Index: 88
Utilities Index: 94

8. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,543
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 91
Housing Index: 99
Healthcare Index: 85
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 97

9. D’Iberville

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,161
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 83
Healthcare Index: 88
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 107

10. Ridgeland

Source: Google Maps

Population: 24,209
Services Index: 85
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 96
Healthcare Index: 89
Transportation Index: 88
Utilities Index: 94

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 exensive city in the Magnolia State.

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

  1. Clarksdale
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Kosciusko

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Mississippi

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Diamondhead 1 8,275 98 94 94 112 97 97
Ocean Springs 2 17,446 96 103 88 99 96 107
Long Beach 3 15,224 98 94 94 95 97 97
Madison 4 24,871 85 98 89 136 88 94
Biloxi 5 44,527 98 94 94 87 97 97
Oxford 6 20,200 89 87 96 112 96 78
Flowood 7 8,218 85 98 89 105 88 94
Olive Branch 8 34,543 93 91 85 99 89 97
D’Iberville 9 10,161 96 103 88 83 96 107
Ridgeland 10 24,209 85 98 89 96 88 94
Hernando 11 14,723 93 91 85 94 89 97
Gulfport 12 69,913 98 94 94 77 97 97
Waveland 13 6,463 98 94 94 77 97 97
Brandon 14 22,616 85 98 89 92 88 94
Clinton 15 25,486 85 98 89 89 88 94
Gautier 16 18,581 96 103 88 72 96 107
Southaven 17 50,389 93 91 85 86 89 97
Byram 18 11,609 85 98 89 85 88 94
Pascagoula 19 22,239 96 103 88 70 96 107
Picayune 20 10,838 98 94 94 65 97 97
Petal 21 10,675 85 98 89 77 88 94
Starkville 22 24,457 89 87 96 76 96 78
Moss Point 23 13,690 96 103 88 63 96 107
Senatobia 24 8,063 93 91 85 75 89 97
Natchez 25 15,563 112 100 108 54 101 84
Pearl 26 26,105 85 98 89 69 88 94
Horn Lake 27 26,486 93 91 85 69 89 97
Batesville 28 7,436 93 91 85 68 89 97
Hattiesburg 29 46,629 85 98 89 67 88 94
Tupelo 30 35,345 89 87 96 67 96 78
Richland 31 7,012 85 98 89 67 88 94
Cleveland 32 12,318 93 91 85 67 89 97
Vicksburg 33 23,559 99 98 91 55 89 82
New Albany 34 8,291 89 87 96 62 96 78
Jackson 35 173,631 85 98 89 61 88 94
Canton 36 13,321 85 98 89 60 88 94
Pontotoc 37 5,754 89 87 96 58 96 78
Columbus 38 23,483 89 87 96 58 96 78
Corinth 39 14,797 89 87 96 57 96 78
Greenville 40 33,518 99 98 91 50 89 82
Philadelphia 41 7,446 85 98 89 54 88 94
West Point 42 11,200 89 87 96 53 96 78
Indianola 43 10,426 99 98 91 48 89 82
Columbia 44 6,446 85 98 89 53 88 94
Meridian 45 40,809 85 98 89 53 88 94
Grenada 46 12,951 89 87 96 52 96 78
Laurel 47 18,720 85 98 89 51 88 94
Yazoo City 48 11,462 99 98 91 45 89 82
Greenwood 49 15,873 89 87 96 50 96 78
Brookhaven 50 12,499 85 98 89 50 88 94
Louisville 51 6,498 89 87 96 50 96 78
Holly Springs 52 7,585 93 91 85 49 89 97
Booneville 53 8,775 89 87 96 49 96 78
Ripley 54 5,349 89 87 96 48 96 78
Forest 55 5,719 85 98 89 48 88 94
Amory 56 7,197 89 87 96 46 96 78
Kosciusko 57 7,302 89 87 96 45 96 78
Aberdeen 58 5,492 89 87 96 45 96 78
Clarksdale 59 17,497 93 91 85 42 89 97

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