Mississippi’s 10 Safest Cities of 2022

Mississippi Safest Cities 2022

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the eighth annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Mississippi for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

In our 2022 State of Safety survey, 45% of Mississippians expressed that they had high levels of concern daily, despite an 11% decrease in property crimes year over year.

Mississippi's violent crime rate increased year over year from 2.6 reported per 1,000 residents to 2.9. Still, the state's safest cities generally have lower crime rates than the rest of The Magnolia State.

In this report

2022 Mississippi crime rates

Despite an 11% decrease in property crimes year over year, Mississippi stayed above the national average (MS 21.0 vs US 19.6). 

Mississippi's violent crime rate increased year over year from 2.6 reported per 1,000 residents to 2.9. This is well under the national average of 4.0.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Image: SafeWise

Level of concern and experience with crime in Mississippi

Compared to last year, Mississippian survey respondents to our State of Safety survey worried less frequently about their safety. This correlates with a reported decrease in personal experiences with violent crime and property crime in the 12 months prior to our survey.

Out of those surveyed, 75% of respondents said they think crime is increasing in the state versus 12% who don't, with both results coming in above the respective averages of 66% and 8% for the entire country.

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

Crime concerns in Mississippi

We asked Mississippi residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Mississippi residents are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Mississippi: Fear vs. reality

Even though the violent crime rate rose by 11%, it’s still well below both regional and US rates. Mississippi's rise in violent crimes over the last year tracks with increased reports of gun violence from our survey respondents. About half of respondents say they feel safe in their home state.

  • 51% of Mississippi residents reported feeling safe in their state compared to 55% of Americans.
  • 16% of survey respondents reported having a personal experience with violent crime 12 months prior to the survey—down two percentage points from last year.
  • Like most states, murder is the least common violent crime in The Magnolia State.
  • 49% of survey participants report using some form of personal protection like stun guns or pepper spray. This is more than most Americans—the national average lands at 34%.
  • 49% of Mississippians say their personal safety has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (compared to 44% of Americans).

Attitudes about gun violence in Mississippi

  • 14% of residents surveyed reported an experience with gun violence in the 12 months prior to the survey. This is nearly double the amount from the previous year.
  • There were 13 mass shootings in Mississippi, which is a 24% decrease from the year before.
  • 38% of those surveyed are most worried about a gun violence incident happening to them, matching the national average.
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

Property crime in Mississippi: Fear vs. reality

Mississippi is in the top half of US states that exceed the national average for property crime, and its rate has risen over the last three years. This matches our observations from the State of Safety survey: respondents cited fewer personal experiences with property crime than last year.

  • Despite having a higher property crime rate than the US, Mississippi saw a 11% decrease year over year and experienced less property crime than the East South Central regional rate.
  • Mississippians reported one-quarter fewer personal experiences with property crime this year (24%) compared to last year (32%).
  • 18% of participants reported experiencing package theft 12 months prior to the survey, putting Mississippi below the US average of 20%.
  • 74% of Mississippians surveyed use some form of property protection. This is well above the 60% average for the US.
  • The top forms of property protection in Mississippi were firearms and guard dogs. Both options are tied with 36% using them compared to 26% of Americans (also tied).
  • 29% of Mississippi residents say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the security of their property—this matches the US average.

A closer look at the safest cities in Mississippi

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • 50% of the safest cities reported 1 or fewer violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
  • The safest cities collectively reported more than 5,000 fewer property crime incidents this year.
  • Only 60% of the safest cities reported a property crime rate lower than both the state and US rates.
  • Only one city, Petal, reported fewer than 100 total property crimes.
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

Image: SafeWise

The 10 safest cities in Mississippi

VC=Violent crime
PC=Property crime

#1
Petal
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,652
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $55,946
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.6, 0.3, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.8, 5.7, 5.5
Brandon, Mississippi
#2
Brandon
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,545
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,573
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.0, 1.1, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.3, 11.0, 7.7
#3
Hernando
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,675
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,195
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.0, N/A, N/A
Clinton, Mississippi
#4
Clinton
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,349
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $62,685
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, N/A, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    19.0, N/A, 21.4
#5
Long Beach
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,161
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $53,951
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    18.7, N/A, N/A
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
#6
Ocean Springs
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-2
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,917
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $58,713
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 1.3, 2.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    25.3, 27.5, 33.2
#7
Bay St. Louis
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,686
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $39,721
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.2, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    22.3, N/A, N/A
Oxford, Mississippi
#8
Oxford
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,866
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $44,283
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.6, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    21.1, N/A, N/A
#9
Richland
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,276
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $47,495
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.2, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    16.6, N/A, N/A
Horn Lake, Mississippi
#10
Horn Lake
(
-7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,404
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $48,622
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.7, 1.1, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    22.1, 24.8, 23.9

How we determined the safest cities

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

How to make a safe home anywhere

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Didn't find your city in the top 10?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2020.

2022 Rank
City
Population
2022 VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2022 PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2021 Rank
11Gautier18,4792.320.68
12Olive Branch39,5662.221.85
13Flowood9,5642.622.0N/A
14Ridgeland24,0803.021.96
15Starkville25,8541.633.5N/A
16Byram11,4182.430.5N/A
17D'Iberville14,2980.846.010
18Brookhaven11,8864.233.4N/A
19West Point10,3145.230.6N/A
20Gulfport72,1424.442.711
21Pascagoula21,6333.055.312
22Corinth14,4614.745.2N/A
23Hattiesburg45,8703.752.79
24Natchez14,4976.744.1N/A
25Vicksburg21,4207.742.1N/A
26Cleveland10,9448.962.0N/A
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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina has been reviewing the latest tech for more than a decade and has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. She specializes in smart home and security technology, working to make gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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