These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Mississippi For 2019


We analyzed 62 places in Mississippi to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Mississippi.

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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 $103,121 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.9%.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 62 places in Mississippi with more than 5,000 people.

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 City In Mississippi For 2019”.

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

Madison, MS

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7.5
/10

Population: 25,350
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,121
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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: 23,421
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,529
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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: 15,534
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $69,179
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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.

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,660
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Income: $63,932
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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.

Olive Branch, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 36,033
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $70,572
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
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: 25,398
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,667
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 12.2%
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: 8,704
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $59,169
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
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.

Southaven, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 52,434
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $60,093
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 11.1%
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.

Ridgeland, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,312
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $54,833
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.5%
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

5
/10

Population: 7,175
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $46,495
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 11.8%
More on Richland: Real Estate | Data

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Mississippi For 2019

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: Greenville
3rd Poorest: Clarksdale

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

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Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Mississippi

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Madison 1.33 $103,121
2 Brandon 2.67 $72,529
3 Hernando 4.5 $69,179
4 Byram 5.33 $63,932
5 Olive Branch 6.83 $70,572
6 Clinton 8.0 $57,667
7 Flowood 10.33 $59,169
8 Southaven 10.33 $60,093
9 Ridgeland 11.33 $54,833
10 Richland 11.5 $46,495
11 Diamondhead 12.0 $67,207
12 Petal 12.17 $56,467
13 Batesville 12.33 $48,003
14 Ocean Springs 12.67 $55,935
15 Pontotoc 14.67 $46,305
16 Gautier 16.33 $49,784
17 Long Beach 18.83 $52,446
18 D’iberville 19.17 $44,678
19 Horn Lake 21.83 $47,300
20 Pearl 22.5 $46,090
21 Tupelo 22.83 $45,161
22 Senatobia 24.17 $44,627
23 Canton 24.67 $45,915
24 Waveland 25.17 $46,453
25 New Albany 25.33 $40,813
26 Aberdeen 25.67 $36,544
27 Pass Christian 26.5 $51,094
28 Amory 30.5 $34,561
29 Biloxi 31.17 $43,632
30 Bay St. Louis 31.33 $42,002
31 Oxford 32.67 $36,561
32 Starkville 33.83 $36,700
33 Pascagoula 34.0 $38,651
34 Ripley 34.83 $36,442
35 Moss Point 35.17 $39,705
36 Gulfport 37.67 $37,243
37 Cleveland 37.83 $33,638
38 Philadelphia 39.33 $35,833
39 Mccomb 40.0 $29,489
40 Meridian 40.33 $31,664
41 Corinth 40.33 $34,967
42 Holly Springs 41.33 $28,886
43 Picayune 43.33 $35,022
44 Jackson 43.33 $35,308
45 Booneville 43.5 $28,594
46 Grenada 43.67 $32,181
47 Vicksburg 44.83 $29,799
48 Brookhaven 44.83 $30,432
49 Columbus 45.0 $34,977
50 Columbia 49.0 $23,732
51 Laurel 50.17 $30,010
52 Hattiesburg 50.33 $32,009
53 Forest 50.33 $26,569
54 Greenwood 52.33 $26,676
55 West Point 52.5 $28,571
56 Natchez 53.33 $28,089
57 Kosciusko 54.0 $27,724
58 Louisville 54.33 $30,316
59 Indianola 54.67 $27,003
60 Clarksdale 56.0 $29,643
61 Greenville 56.17 $28,204
62 Yazoo City 62.0 $20,758

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