One of the most religious states in the country, Mississippi is also the U.S. state with the highest percentage of black residents. They’ve had a marked influence on Mississippi’s culture, and on the nation’s as a whole, particularly with the development of original musical forms such as blues and gospel music that have shaped American music for over a century.
The safest community in Mississippi is Petal, a town of 10,747 along the Leaf River. Petal’s rate of 0.186 violent crimes per 1,000 is remarkable; about 15 times lower than the statewide average. The town’s property crime rate of 7.63 per 1,000 is impressive as well.
Madison (population: 26,119), a suburb of Jackson, ranks at #2 with a reassuring rate of 0.54 violent crimes per 1,000. Nearby Brandon places third, with violent and property crime rates just slightly higher than Madison’s.
Long Beach (#4) and Hernando (#5) are on opposite sides of the state, with the former resting on the Gulf of Mexico coast while the latter is found in Tennessee bordering DeSoto County. Both are small towns just under 16,000 inhabitants with violent crime rates well below the state average.
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Mississippi's Safest Cities
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To identify the safest cities in Mississippi, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
The remaining cities were ranked 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) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes.