These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Mississippi For 2018


We analyzed over 67 places in Mississippi to determine where the 1% live.

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Madison, Brandon, Hernando: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Mississippi. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Magnolia State.

Madison in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $100,978 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.1%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Mississippi share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 62 places in Mississippi with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Mississippi for 2018:

  1. Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hernando (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Olive Branch (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Clinton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Flowood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Diamondhead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Ridgeland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Byram (Homes For Sale)
  10. Southaven (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Mississippi.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Mississippi:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Mississippi For 2018

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Mississippi
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 62 places with more than 5,000 people in Mississippi, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Madison, crowned the “Richest Place In Mississippi For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 62 places.

Madison, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,473.0
Median Income: $100,978.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Madison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madison is a city in Madison County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 24,841 at the 2010 census. The population is currently over 25,000. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Brandon, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,186.0
Median Income: $71,485.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brandon is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi. The population was 21,705 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rankin County. Brandon is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area and located east of the state capital.

Hernando, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 15,227.0
Median Income: $66,486.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Hernando: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hernando is a city in and the county seat of DeSoto County, which is on the northwest border of Mississippi, United States. The population was 14,090 at the 2010 census, up from 6,812 in 2000. DeSoto County is the second-most-populous county in the Memphis metropolitan area.

Olive Branch, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 35,508.0
Median Income: $67,004.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
More on Olive Branch: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Olive Branch is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 33,484 at the 2010 census, up from 21,054 in 2000. Olive Branch is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, and is part of the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region that consists of three counties in southwest Tennessee, five counties in northwest Mississippi, and two counties in eastern Arkansas. From 1990 to 2010 Olive Branch was the fastest growing city in the United States, with a growth rate of 838%. Along with other rapidly growing suburbs in DeSoto County, Olive Branch attributes most of its growth and development to the exodus of large numbers of middle-class families from central Memphis.

Clinton, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,411.0
Median Income: $58,723.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 14.3%
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clinton is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, it is the tenth largest city in Mississippi. The population was 25,216 at the 2010 United States Census.

Flowood, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,532.0
Median Income: $58,119.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 11.0%
More on Flowood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Flowood is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi. The population was 7,823 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Diamondhead, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,341.0
Median Income: $70,450.0
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Diamondhead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Ridgeland, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,338.0
Median Income: $55,647.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
More on Ridgeland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ridgeland is a city in Madison County, Mississippi. The population was 24,047 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,610.0
Median Income: $56,968.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Byram: Real Estate | Data

Byram is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 11,489 as of the 2010 census, up from 7,386 at the 2000 census, at which time it was an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP). It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was incorporated for a second time in its history on June 16, 2009.

Southaven, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 51,816.0
Median Income: $58,427.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 12.4%
More on Southaven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Southaven is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. It is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, and a principal city in the Memphis metropolitan area. The 2010 census reported a population of 48,982, making Southaven the third-largest city in Mississippi. Southaven is traversed from north to south by the I-55/I-69 freeway. The city’s name derives from the fact that Southaven is located south of Whitehaven, a neighborhood in Memphis.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Mississippi For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Mississippi, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Mississippi.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Mississippi, according to data:

Poorest: Yazoo City
2nd Poorest: Louisville
3rd Poorest: Greenville

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Mississippi

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Madison 1.67 $100,978
2 Brandon 3.17 $71,485
3 Hernando 4.5 $66,486
4 Olive Branch 6.83 $67,004
5 Clinton 7.33 $58,723
6 Flowood 7.33 $58,119
7 Diamondhead 9.0 $70,450
8 Ridgeland 9.17 $55,647
9 Byram 9.33 $56,968
10 Southaven 10.17 $58,427
11 Ocean Springs 10.67 $54,264
12 D’iberville 12.33 $44,030
13 Petal 12.83 $53,834
14 Richland 13.67 $44,947
15 Pontotoc 15.33 $42,616
16 Batesville 15.5 $50,350
17 Long Beach 16.33 $51,576
18 Gautier 17.17 $47,931
19 Pearl 20.67 $43,766
20 Tupelo 21.17 $43,153
21 Horn Lake 22.5 $45,310
22 New Albany 23.17 $40,347
23 Senatobia 23.33 $42,817
24 Canton 23.33 $42,402
25 Bay St. Louis 24.33 $40,813
26 Pass Christian 27.5 $46,802
27 Biloxi 32.0 $39,447
28 Pascagoula 32.67 $36,404
29 Amory 33.0 $36,229
30 Waveland 33.17 $38,207
31 Corinth 33.83 $35,462
32 Forest 35.0 $30,717
33 Gulfport 35.33 $37,037
34 Philadelphia 35.67 $31,462
35 Oxford 36.0 $33,800
36 Grenada 36.33 $30,826
37 Picayune 37.0 $33,941
38 Moss Point 37.0 $36,830
39 Starkville 39.33 $31,638
40 Cleveland 41.17 $31,079
41 Brookhaven 42.33 $30,036
42 Ripley 42.67 $31,422
43 Columbus 43.0 $33,072
44 Meridian 44.0 $30,190
45 Jackson 44.0 $32,866
46 Aberdeen 44.67 $32,340
47 Holly Springs 45.0 $29,347
48 Mccomb 45.17 $29,093
49 Vicksburg 45.33 $28,367
50 Booneville 45.33 $30,340
51 Laurel 47.0 $30,096
52 Natchez 47.83 $30,082
53 Greenwood 49.83 $27,251
54 Hattiesburg 51.67 $30,748
55 Kosciusko 52.67 $28,284
56 Columbia 53.33 $24,974
57 West Point 54.0 $27,258
58 Clarksdale 55.0 $29,175
59 Indianola 55.33 $26,479
60 Greenville 57.33 $27,344
61 Louisville 59.67 $26,368
62 Yazoo City 62.0 $20,038

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