From the Mississippi Delta’s smooth blues to the taste of spicy boiled crawfish found along the Mississippi Seafood Trail, the Magnolia state is full of enticing treats. If you’re considering making a move to Mississippi, you’ve come to the right place to discover the state’s 10 safest cities.
We used FBI Crime Report data from 2012 as the basis for our report and coupled it with our own careful research. We trimmed down the list to cities with a population of 2,000 or above. We analyzed the number of Violent Crimes, consisting of aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery, as well as Property Crimes, consisting of arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Then, we calculated the chance of these crimes happening out of one thousand in order to create a level playing field.
The FBI Crime Report is a well respected source for complete crime statistics, however not all cities reported complete data to the FBI. If there is a Mississippi city you feel is safe but doesn’t appear on our list, that could be why.
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An hour east of Jackson, Mississippi, you’ll discover the small, welcoming community of Newton. This city really impressed us, as it reported absolutely no violent crimes in 2012, and had no reports of arson or larceny either. Talk about a community that takes care of each other!
Boasting a thriving “Fresh Friday” farmers’ market, a variety of civic clubs, and family events, like the Loose Caboose Festival, you’ll make friends fast in Newton. If you’re a recreation lover, you won’t want to wait to explore the nearly 200,000 acre Bienville National Forest.
Newton’s colorful past is well respected and balanced by a strong vision for the future. One example is the Newton Industrial Park. Offering 120 acres and sites that range from 7 to 60 acres, the park is conveniently situated near Interstate 20 and Highway 15. Small businesses will appreciate the city’s Shop Local Campaign. Sponsored by the Newton Chamber of Commerce, the campaign promotes small businesses and encourages citizens to spend their dollars locally. [tweetherder]Newton is #1! See the full list of the 10 safest cities in Mississippi via @SafeWise[/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.49
Image: Newton Chamber Facebook Page
Petal is situated along the Leaf River where your family can enjoy a relaxing float or try their luck at catching spotted bass.
Petal’s low crime rate is certainly admirable, with absolutely no rapes or murders reported in 2012. Beyond safety, Petal is also committed to education. Community members and school district representatives meet regularly to ensure the district’s long term plan is current and innovative. As a result, the Petal School District achieved several accomplishments, including a Level 5/Superior Performing ranking (the highest possible) from the state. In addition to a focus on academics, the district helps instill a sense of responsible citizenship into its students. Over the last few years, students from this southern Mississippi city have contributed more than 20,000 hours of community service and donated more than $50,000 to charitable organizations. [tweetherder]Share the good news, Petal is the second safest city in Mississippi! See the full list via @SafeWise [/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.88
Image: ScottHerrin via Instagram
Named in honor of a 19th century explorer, Belzoni is located on the Yazoo River in the Mississippi Delta region. The community measures just one square mile, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a sleepy southern town, as it’s quite the contrary. Belzoni is where you’ll find The World Catfish Festival. Launched in 1976, the event draws more than 10,000 attendees and won several awards as a stellar family event, including being named as one of the Top 100 Events in America and a Top 20 Event of the Southeast.
The Humphreys’ County town is also proud of its fabulous quality of life, small town values, low cost of living, and envious student to teacher ratio. Entrepreneurs will appreciate the community’s affordable land, financial and tax incentives, efficient transportation infrastructure and positive business climate. [tweetherder]Share the good news, Belzoni is the third safest city in Mississippi! See the full list via @SafeWise.[/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.34
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.94
Named after our nation’s fourth President, Madison, Mississippi would undoubtedly make the former president proud. With more than 25,000 residents, Madison is the most populated city on our list. With such a large population, we are impressed to see no reports of murder or arson in 2012.
Despite its growth, Madison retains an infectious hometown vibe and that’s probably one reason why it’s constantly being showered with kudos. “Family Circle” named Madison as “One of the Top Towns for Families in America” and it’s recognized as one of the best cities for families in the country. It has also been honored by “U.S. News” as a “Best Places to Retire” community and recognized by “Southern Living Magazine” for its leadership, planning and development.
Part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area, Madison is generally acknowledge as the highest income city in the state. Promising business owners will appreciate Madison’s numerous new business resources and its commitment to helping home-grown startups thrive. [tweetherder]Spread the good news! Madison is the fourth safest city in Mississippi according to the @SafeWise report![/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.60
Winona is positioned approximately 85 miles north of the state’s capital, Jackson, Mississippi and 115 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. Dubbed “the crossroads of north Mississippi,” this small town of 6,000 serves as the county seat of Montgomery County and covers more than 30 square miles. In 2012, this great city reported no rapes, robberies, or murders.
A drive in and around Winona reveals a vibrant history, including that which is honored at the famous Delta Blues Museum. Baseball, softball, tennis and soccer are popular with kids who gather on a number of the town’s well maintained fields and courts. Youth of all ages, including moms and dads, will enjoy venturing to the Montgomery County Performing Arts Center, which hosts the popular Hillfire Folk Take plays that explore many colorful stories of the region’s past. [tweetherder]Share the good news, Winona is the fifth safest city in Mississippi! See the full list via @SafeWise.[/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.98
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.75
Located near the center of the state, Brandon serves as the county seat of Rankin County and is recognized as part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The city grew substantially over the last decade and earned two thumbs up for creative programs and initiatives. For example, wear red on Friday’s during the local football season and you’ll be treated to discounts at a number of local businesses.
Brandon is big on small business but it’s also serious about fitness. The City of Brandon and Crossgates River Oaks Hospital joined forces to create a city wide health initiative, Brandon in Motion. The initiative offers a range of programs to help citizens adopt a healthy and active lifestyle, including motivational speakers, boot camp, trail walks, and special events designed for the city’s senior members.
The Mayor’s Youth Council offers Brandon High School students the opportunity to get involved with their community, plan events that unite all age groups, and have their ideas heard. A proactive, community oriented police department, stunning historic buildings, and a quality of life most Americans yearn for round out the reasons why residents brag about living in Brandon. [tweetherder]Share the good news, Brandon is the sixth safest city in Mississippi! See the full list via @SafeWise.[/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.27
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.64
Founded in 1837, Oxford is located among rolling hills in northern Mississippi and it’s famous on several fronts. Recognized as a top-notch small town and home to “Ole Miss” (University of Mississippi), Oxford was recognized by “USA Today” as one of the top six college towns in America. Oxford City Schools are often awarded top “Star” rankings as well. From famous musicians to popular painters to writers, such as William Faulkner, Oxford has a well earned reputation as a hotbed of art and culture.
Dotted with historic structures, eclectic shops and unique dining experiences, Oxford is the kind of place where visitors often become lifelong residents. Add in a great safety record – no reported arson or murders in 2012 – and you’ll get a better idea of why people who come here want to put down roots. [tweetherder]Share the good news, Oxford is the seventh safest city in Mississippi! See the full list via @SafeWise.[/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.41
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.80
Florence is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area, marrying small town charm with capital city convenience. Boasting a tag line of “a small city with big ambition,” you can expect a lot from Florence and not be the least bit disappointed.
Florence is growing, and there are plenty of reasons why, including safety. In 2012, Florence reported no robberies, motor vehicle thefts, or arson. Excellent schools, a vibrant business climate and plenty of shopping choices are a few more reasons that make this city great.
We were pleased to discover Florence focuses on engaging youth in decision making, civics and volunteerism through the Mayor’s Youth Council. Mayor Pam Clark meets with local high school students on a regular basis to hear their concerns and keep a finger on the pulse of the community’s youngest members. The group plans a number of activities, including a community-wide Easter egg hunt, and the Miss Florence Day pageant.
Pick up a copy of the Florence Express and you’ll see there’s a lot happening in this charming Southern town. [tweetherder]Share the good news, Florence is the eighth safest city in Mississippi! See the full list via @SafeWise.[/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.94
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.39
At the geographic center of Mississippi, you’ll discover the City of Carthage. Warm, welcoming and family oriented, this nearly 150-year-old Southern gem is deeply rooted in rich history.
One program we were particularly impressed with is Jane’s Walk. Held on the first Saturday in May, Jane’s Walk celebrates urban planner and activist Jane Jacobs. The purpose of the event is to bring the community together to share histories, discuss current issues and concerns, and discover the direction the community is going in. [tweetherder]Share the good news, Carthage is the ninth safest city in Mississippi! See the full list via @SafeWise.[/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.52
Situated near the rolling `Red Hills` of East Central Mississippi, Louisville exudes southern charm and a colorful history. The values that helped establish Louisville in 1836, such as hard work, fortitude and forward thinking, are the same values current day citizens live by.
On April 28, 2014 a tornado struck Louisville, Mississippi. Shocked and ravaged, the community quickly joined together to rebuild itself and formed the Winston County Tornado Relief Fund. Another example of citizens working together for the betterment of all is the Louisville Reserve Police Officer force. Working hand-in-hand with the regular police force, highly trained reserve officer volunteers are an integral part of the peace keeping force in Louisville.
A vibrant downtown, economic diversity and a slew of services for entrepreneurs are more reasons why Louisville enjoys a well earned reputation as a desirable Mississippi community. Best of all, the city didn’t have any murders reported in 2012 and only one report of arsenal. [tweetherder]Share the good news, Louisville is the tenth safest city in Mississippi! See the full list via @SafeWise.[/tweetherder]
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.12
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.72
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