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The 10 Safest Cities in Mississippi — 2016

The Safest Cities in Mississippi

From Mississippi’s laid-back coastal region to its bustling capital district, the birthplace of the blues is a diverse state full of history and natural beauty. But soul music and beautiful landscapes aren’t the only things this state has to offer: Mississippi also has a low violent crime rate.

Compared to the national average for violent crime rates, in fact, Mississippi as a whole is about 25 percent safer — and its 10 safest cities are about 80 percent safer than the national average. The most recent FBI Crime Report indicates that, on average, the state’s safest cities cited less than one violent crime per 1,000 residents in 2014. This is certainly impressive, but so is the fact that seven of the 10 safest cities are appearing on our list for the second year in a row. This accomplishment indicates that the leaders, citizens, and law enforcement officers in these cities are committed to keeping crime at bay.

Whether you already live in the Magnolia State or you’re relocating there, our comprehensive Mississippi Safety Directory is an outstanding resource for increasing your personal and home security. In addition to helpful information about topics like crime prevention and emergency preparedness, it includes a color-coded map showing which Mississippi counties experience the least, and most, burglaries.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Mississippi

To identify the 10 safest cities in Mississippi, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2014 Safest Cities in Mississippi report here.

1. Florence

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.03

2. Louisville 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.83

3. Petal 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.62

4. Brandon

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.75
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.98

5. Madison 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.59
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.28

6. Magee

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.04

7. Fulton ↓

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.50
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.70

8. Byram 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.03
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.52

9. Horn Lake 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.12
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.21

10. Long Beach 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.62

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

11. Iuka 12. Olive Branch 13. Ridgeland
14. Aberdeen 15. Pass Christian 16. West Point
17. Gautier 18. Starkville 19. Ocean Springs
20. Amory 21. Leland 22. Flowood
23. Philadelphia 24. Laurel 25. Meridian
26. Picayune 27. Hattiesburg 28. Holly Springs
29. Biloxi 30. Batesville 31. Jackson
32. McComb 33. Pascagoula 34. D’Iberville
35. Vicksburg 36. Natchez 37. Greenville
38. Indianola

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