Nestled between Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana, Mississippi was named after the Mississippi River which flows though its west and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Jackson is its state capital and largest city with a population of approximately 170,500 people. It’s also home to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds - made up of 100 acres of land and host to 700 events a year. Mississippi is the birthplace of many famous and talented people. From writers William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams to Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, and Blues legend B. B. King. Another notable Mississippian - superstar Oprah Winfrey. The state is rich in history as there are numerous battlefield sites and heritage areas to visit. Nature lovers also have their pick of attractions, whether it's paddling the Pearl River Paddle Trail or hiking Lefleur's Bluff State Park. Culture, music, history, nature - there's a little something for everyone here.

3 million population
3.17 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
40.98 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  PETAL

Petal is known as the "Friendly City." It’s located in Forrest County, about ninety-two (92) miles southeast of Jackson. It has a low violent crime rate of 0.28/1,000 people which is lower than the state's average of 3/1,000 people. The property crime rate in Petal is 4.45/1,000 people which is also much lower than Mississippi's average rate of 41/1,000 people. Petal contains award-winning schools, plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, and the much-anticipated addition of Petal River Park - which gives the community seventy (70) acres of land to play or relax in.

10,790 Population
3 Violent Crimes
48 Property Crimes

2. BRANDON

Brandon is only fifteen (15) miles east of the state's capital. It has a violent crime rate of 0.51/1,000 people and a property crime rate of 7.64/1,000 people. Brandon is home to lots of historical buildings and sites like the Tatum house, which may have been used as a Civil War hospital. While preserving its rich history Brandon keeps its community in the now by hosting events like The Princess Ball (a dance for fathers and daughters), Patriotism in the Park (their Fourth of July celebration), and Red Fridays (anyone wearing red in support of the football team receives discounts in local shops).

23,424 Population
12 Violent Crimes
179 Property Crimes

3. MADISON

Madison manages to maintain its small town charm without giving up city amenities. Its violent crime rate comes in at 0.78/1,000 people - lower than the state's average. The property crime rate is also lower than the state's average at 9.42/1,000 people. In addition to good schools, scenic parks, and a variety of recreational activities for its residents to enjoy, Madison is also home to Simmons Arboretum, ten (10) acres of rustic walking trails and native plant and animal life. Madison is unique because it’s the Sister City to Sollefta, Sweden, which allows for unique cultural and educational experiences.

25,763 Population
20 Violent Crimes
244 Property Crimes

4. LONG BEACH

Long Beach is located along the state’s southern border and the Gulf Coast. Long Beach is a unique addition to this list due to its close proximity to the harbor. Residents and tourists can enjoy all the harbor has to offer such as a spicy Canjun lunch of crawfish that’s followed by a snow cone to cool off from the heat and spice. Its violent crime rate is 0.90/1,000 people and its property crime rate comes in at 21.01/1,000 people - both lower than the state's averages.

15,610 Population
14 Violent Crimes
328 Property Crimes

5. OXFORD

Located in the northern region of the state, Oxford rounds out our Top Five (5). Oxford is home to the University of Mississippi, eight (8) parks, and a city pool. They offer youth and adult recreation programs as well as activities specifically designed for senior residents. Rich in both history and culture, residents enjot art galleries, plenty of dining and shopping opportunities, and a music scene that includes two markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail. Literature fans can even walk in William Faulkner's footsteps - all the way to his final resting place. Its violent crime rate clocks in at 0.98/1,000 people and boasts a lower-than-state-average property crime rate of 21.45/1,000 people.

22,520 Population
22 Violent Crimes
483 Property Crimes

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The Top 25 Safest Cities in Mississippi, 2017

1. Petal

11. Amory 

21. Hattiesburg

2. Brandon

12. Starkville

22. Biloxi

3. Madison

13. Pass Christian

23. Natchez

4. Long Beach

14. Flowood

24. Jackson

5. Oxford

15. Ocean Springs

25. D'Iberville

6. Horn Lake

16. Gulfport

7. Olive Branch

17. Picayune

8. Gautier

18. Laurel

9. Ridgeland

19. Meridian

10. West Point

20. Vicksburg

METHODOLOGY

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 5,000.


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 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.