See Which Mississippi Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 8,000

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Mississippi has a lot of unknown facts about it, from medical advancements such as the first human lung transplant in 1964, to the birthplace of the blues. The rich culture of Mississippi attracts many creatives, and it was the birth state of Oprah Winfrey. The longest river in the U.S., the Mississippi River runs through here of course, where it empties out into the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re thinking of moving here for the culture and rich outdoors life, then rest assured that you’ll have plenty of safe cities to choose from for residing in.

There are a lot of cities in Mississippi with smaller populations, so only a couple were eligible to rank nationally on our top 750 safest cities in the nation. Within the state, the top 25 safest cities range in safety scores from 92.41 to 49.36, with half having a rating over 70. Most of the cities have not had increases to their property and violent crime rates over the years, and a few experiencing significant drops in their crime rates.

One of those cities experiencing a significant drop in its property crime rates is also the safest city in the state – Petal. Petal has a population of 10,790 and has a 41.6% drop in property crime rates. It is located towards the southern end of the state with a median income of $35,343 for families. The education here is very good, with level 6 rated schools. This attracts many families wanting the best for their kids, and contributes significantly to the low crime rates.

Unlike other states, Mississippi’s safest cities are spread out all over rather than mostly concentrated outside of a major city. Brandon is located outside of the state capital Jackson to the east, with a safety rating of 90.3. Madison is north of the state capital, with a safety rating of 89.27. Then closer to the border with Tennessee is Oxford, with a safety rating of 86.92. If you don’t want to live near one of the biggest cities of the state, then you’ll have options from north to south all across Mississippi.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 92.41

Petal, MS

10,790 347 3 51.5% 48 -41.6%

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.3

Brandon, MS

23,424 433 12 -31.6% 179 -14.9%

3 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.27

Madison, MS

25,763 299 20 32.3% 244 -7.9%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.92

Oxford, MS

22,520 295 22 n/a 483 n/a

5
Safety Score: 81.74

Long Beach, MS

15,610 n/a 14 7.4% 328 1.9%

6
Safety Score: 80.98

Horn Lake, MS

26,930 389 27 -10.5% 611 12.3%

7
Safety Score: 80.48

West Point, MS

11,048 394 46 -22.3% 306 1.4%

8
Safety Score: 78.42

Starkville, MS

25,131 386 43 -0.6% 857 2.2%

9
Safety Score: 77.21

Olive Branch, MS

35,937 432 66 -27.9% 995 3.1%

10
Safety Score: 76.17

Gautier, MS

18,595 403 26 -55.3% 567 1.1%

11
Safety Score: 75.34

Ridgeland, MS

24,257 263 57 15.2% 754 10.6%

12
Safety Score: 71.59

Flowood, MS

8,731 127 18 -45.1% 339 -4.9%

13
Safety Score: 70.2

Ocean Springs, MS

17,565 343 38 35.3% 690 10.4%

14
Safety Score: 67.73

Picayune, MS

10,713 218 56 -23.8% 529 -3.8%

15
Safety Score: 63.81

Meridian, MS

39,966 n/a 204 -13.1% 2,159 10.3%

16
Safety Score: 63.18

Vicksburg, MS

23,275 276 109 -32.6% 1,329 -12%

17
Safety Score: 62.3

Gulfport, MS

72,736 n/a 187 n/a 3,716 n/a

18
Safety Score: 61

Natchez, MS

15,142 198 48 -23.5% 952 -9.1%

19
Safety Score: 59.9

Laurel, MS

18,943 262 72 39.5% 1,028 17.1%

20
Safety Score: 58.89

Holly Springs, MS

7,548 289 110 -7.8% 338 -0.3%

21
Safety Score: 58.2

Jackson, MS

170,508 n/a 1,571 -0.3% 8,621 -16.1%

22
Safety Score: 57.96

Biloxi, MS

45,208 263 254 19.3% 2,535 -6.1%

23
Safety Score: 55.42

Hattiesburg, MS

47,315 323 105 -14.9% 3,013 10.6%

24
Safety Score: 51.7

Pascagoula, MS

22,202 248 105 -11% 1,511 2.7%

25
Safety Score: 49.36

D'Iberville, MS

11,327 323 5 -84.4% 870 11.6%


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