Mississippi sits in the heart of the southern United States, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. There are plenty of historical sites in the state, including the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Old Capitol Museum. Considered the birthplace of blues music, visitors to Mississippi can learn more about the genre by visiting The Gateway to the Blues Visitors’ Center and Museum. Mississippi is also home to the longest river in North America. The Mississippi River acts as a natural border between Mississippi and the state of Louisiana. With a total population of almost 3 million people, and many cities to choose from, you may be wondering which of Mississippi’s safest.
How We Determined the Safest Cities in Mississippi
We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.
Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:
*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).
- Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
- Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
- Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
- Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
- Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
- Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:
- Annual rent – Annualized median rent
- Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
- Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
- Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
- Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
- Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance
3 Safest Cities in Mississippi
No. 1 Brandon
With a population of over 24,000, Brandon is one of the safest cities in Mississippi. Some of the more popular attractions in Brandon include the Brandon Amphitheater for concerts and events or the Shiloh Splash Park. The town is notable for its low unemployment and poverty rates. However, it does have the highest rate of mass shootings on our list.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 4.118107 (2nd) 8.236215 (2nd) 76.5968 (1st) 0.823621 (3rd) 0.823621 (3rd) 2.470864 (3rd)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 11616 (1st) 74172 (1st) 0.026 (3rd) 0.025 (3rd) 0.019 (2nd) 0.69 (1st)
No. 2 Clinton
Clinton is a city located in the Jackson metropolitan area. Visitors to Clinton can enjoy the Crossroads ATV Park, Brighton Park or even visit the Jackson Zoological Park, which is just a short drive away. Clinton is also located between the Hawkins Field Airport and the John Bell Williams Airport, making it great for transportation links.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 4.376019 (3rd) 1.59128 (1st) 214.0271 (2nd) 0.39782 (2nd) 0.39782 (2nd) 1.9891 (2nd)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 11556 (2nd) 62492 (2nd) 0.028 (2nd) 0.084 (2nd) 0.033 (1st) 0.314 (3rd)
No. 3 Jackson
Jackson is the state capital of Mississippi and there’s plenty to see and do for residents and visitors alike. Top attractions include the Mississippi State Capitol, the Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural Science. As the largest city in Mississippi, Jackson has higher rates of crime than other cities on this list and a high unemployment rate.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 0 (1st) 36.01889 (3rd) 473.1244 (3rd) 0 (1st) 0 (1st) 0 (1st)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 9888 (3rd) 37563 (3rd) 0.118 (1st) 0.253 (1st) 0.013 (3rd) 0.518 (2nd)
Mississippi State Safety
Natural Disaster Safety
Mississippi is ranked 18th in the country for its natural disaster risk. The most common types of natural disasters to hit the state include tornadoes, floods and tropical storms. Mississippi has a higher risk of tornadoes than the average rate experienced across the country. Among the biggest disasters in Mississippi’s recent history was 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which brought winds of up to 175 mph. The 2013 tornado disaster included a total of eight tornadoes that hit Mississippi and Alabama.
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Data taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the top cause of death in Mississippi is heart disease, followed by cancer and respiratory diseases. Mississippi is ranked 30th in the country for its rate of air pollution and 47th for the number of primary care physicians available, with just 110.8 per 100,000 people. The state does slightly better with mental health care providers, with an average of 159 per 100,000 people. This gives Mississippi a ranking of 43rd in the country. Mississippians do fare better than many others for drug-related deaths, ranking seventh in the country.
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Top 3 Safest Cities in Mississippi