Mississippi’s 5 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 5 Safest Cities in Mississippi for 2019. See if your city made the list.

This year, 100% of the safest cities in Mississippi made the cut for the second consecutive year—despite our reduction of the number of cities included from 10 to five. In fact, the top two cities, Madison and Brandon, held onto their rankings year over year. Overall, Mississippi has a much lower violent crime rate than the national average—1.90 incidents per 1,000 people versus 4.49 nationwide.

But the state struggles with property crime, coming in more than 12 points higher than the national property crime rate of 27.11. Property crime is so prevalent that 40% of the cities we’ve recognized had property crime rates that exceed the national rate. Both Southaven and Oxford came in at over 27 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Because we rank cities based on violent crime rates, those higher property crime rates didn’t ding those cities’ chances of winning the title of one of Mississippi’s safest. See if your city made the list, and learn more about the state of safety in The Magnolia State below.

Mississippi's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • None of Mississippi’s safest cities reported zero violent crimes. The lowest total number was 11, in the top city, Madison.
  • All of the cities had fewer than 1.5 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
  • According to our State of Safety report, more people in Mississippi are worried about violent crime (64%) than property crime (53%), but reality shows a much bigger property crime problem statewide.
  • Getting murdered by a stranger is the top violent crime concern in Mississippi, but murder is rare among the state’s safest cities—60% reported zero murders.
  • Robbery is usually a bigger concern for states, beating out worries over murder. According to FBI stats, the incidence of robbery in Mississippi is 13 times higher than murder.

The 5 Safest Cities in Mississippi

#1

Madison

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Madison, Mississippi
Population 26,339
Median Income $103,121
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.42
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.53

#2

Brandon

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Brandon, Mississippi
Population 24,125
Median Income $72,529
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.12
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.28

#3

Horn Lake

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Horn Lake, Mississippi
Population 27,199
Median Income $47,300
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.18
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 25.85

#4

Southaven

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Southaven, Mississippi
Population 53,928
Median Income $60,093
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.39
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.43

#5

Oxford

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Oxford, Mississippi
Population 24,071
Median Income $36,561
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.50
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.59

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 5?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationCity Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)City Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
6Starkville25,8521.5935.66
7Ocean Springs17,6981.8137.91
8Ridgeland24,5512.4025.78
9Hattiesburg47,1162.7644.85
10Pascagoula21,9283.2866.13
11Gautier18,4513.4739.08
12Biloxi46,2633.8564.05
13Gulfport72,7924.1150.31
14Laurel18,7904.4748.70
15Meridian38,7785.0038.73
16Greenwood14,1465.9458.67

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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