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Best Places To Live In Mississippi 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score87
  • Flowood, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,532
  • Flowood's a cool city, with lots of stores and restaurants in close proximity. Not to mention: nice housing / apartments, low crime, and a friendly community. It's also in the middle of the metro area,…[read more]
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  • Petal, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,736
  • Petal, Mississippi is quickly becoming THE destination for young families and retirees, looking for a community to call home. With one of the best school systems in the entire state, there is no wonder…[read more]
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  • West Hattiesburg, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,764
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  • Diamondhead, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,341
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  • Brandon, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,186
  • Living in Brandon, Mississippi affords my family the opportunity to live in a safe community. This community that I call home provides everything that a family needs. The community works together to…[read more]
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  • Madison, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,473
  • Lived in Madison "The City" for 15 years before moving back home to the East Coast. Most would think a 30 yr mayor would be a bad thing but not here. She has a vision and has over that time built one…[read more]
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  • Gulf Hills, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,326
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  • Olive Branch, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,508
  • Being next door to Memphis, crime has arrived and it is not as safe. My neighborhood has 3 teenagers roaming around during school hours, they stand behind people's bushes to pee, they smoke blunts and…[read more]
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  • New Albany, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,589
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  • Starkville, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,011
  • Starkville is a clean city. The air is clean & the seasons are lovely. The people are pleasant and welcoming. It is easy to get around town & there are lots of nice fast food places to eat. Traffic is…[read more]
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  • Hernando, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,227
  • Here in Hernando we enjoy a quiet, peaceful existence among wonderful neighbors and nature at her loveliest. Living in Hernando gives us access to some great schools where our kids are happy and free to…[read more]
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  • Ocean Springs, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,547
  • The city has very well-funded police and fire departments. Very nice place to live, no "bad" parts of town, all services you would expect for a city of 10,000 people. It's by far a better city than…[read more]
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  • Clinton, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,411
  • I know that I've lived many places since I left Clinton, Mississippi, but my hometown still stays in my memory. Most of my past was very good living in Clinton. We didn't have the best schools, but my…[read more]
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  • Bay St. Louis, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,448
  • Bay St. Louis is a city that lies within Hancock County. It is a quaint town of 12,400 residents. The benefits about living here is the winter's climate, the amenities and attractions offered for the…[read more]
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  • D'Iberville, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,829
  • I enjoy living in D'Iberville, MS because it's on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Mississippi. The town is located north of Biloxi on what is called Back Bay. The bay is an inlet of water from the Gulf Of…[read more]
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  • Ridgeland, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,338
  • I have been living in Ridgeland, MS for most of my life. Ridgeland is a place where I feel the safest. Within a few short steps, It has amazing stores and restaurants; therefore, I am never without…[read more]
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  • Grenada, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,863
  • I love the small town life in Grenada. If you like living off the beaten path but not too far from it, the way I do, you'll appreciate Grenada. The town is located in central Mississippi on I-55 which…[read more]
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  • Tupelo, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,856
  • I lived in Tupelo for three years in the early 90’s and can honestly say I loved it. A long-time Elvis fan, I enjoyed the fact that Tupelo is the birthplace of the King. The Elvis Presley Center attracts…[read more]
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  • Pontotoc, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,906
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  • Oxford, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,634
  • Oxford is a lovely, charming small city, unfortunately located in the mostly depressing Mississippi Delta region. A truly surprising number of good restaurants, wildly over-priced shopping options, a…[read more]
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  • Long Beach, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,450
  • Living in Long Beach, Mississippi is absolutely amazing! This place literally has it all. Located right on the Gulf of Mexico and very close to Gulfport, Mississippi, you can find everything you need…[read more]
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  • Southaven, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,816
  • After living in Florida for the first part of my life, I moved to Southaven when I was 25. The area is completely different as I am accustomed to going to the beach every day and relaxing in the sun.…[read more]
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  • Gulf Park Estates, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,904
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  • Amory, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,110
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  • Corinth, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,832
  • I love the history of Corinth and just being surrounded by the downtown cafes and beautiful scenery. We are known to be a family-oriented town that provides a lot of activities for the kids. We don't…[read more]
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  • Senatobia, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,969
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  • Picayune, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,732
  • Picayune, Mississippi is a fantastic place to live! We've got plenty of attractions to check out and visit, but the one that we are probably known for the most is the Teddy Bear House Museum! Learn about…[read more]
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  • Booneville, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,764
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  • Byram, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,610
  • Living in Byram, MS has been incredible. Over the past decade, I have enjoyed serenity which has not only enhanced my cognitive ability but also my social skills. Byram, MS is a city that accommodates…[read more]
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  • Richland, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,069
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  • Columbia, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,292
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  • Pearl, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,344
  • As a former resident of Pearl, Mississippi, I can attest that living in Pearl, Mississippi is an exciting experience. Pearl is a city that provides lively entertainment and tons of shopping…[read more]
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  • St. Martin, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,245
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  • Gautier, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,541
  • Living in Gautier gives me the perfect small town charming experience that I have always craved. I like living in a quiet town where everyone knows each other. I come from up north and had to get used to…[read more]
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  • Ripley, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,336
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  • Canton, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,504
  • What's good out in Canton? If you ask most folks around here, they'll tell you it's got to be the cuisine! Out here every BBQ restaurant has their regulars, sometimes its one of those warm summer days…[read more]
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  • Biloxi, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,271
  • Biloxi is a beach side city full of fun for all ages, culture, dining, gaming, history & great people. The first year we visited, I was a little intimidated by how many buildings & how "busy" the main…[read more]
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  • Philadelphia, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,399
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  • Cleveland, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,346
  • I've been living in Cleveland Mississippi for the last 7 years with my family and we have enjoyed the historic culture and the nice and friendly environment here where your neighbors are very helpful and…[read more]
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  • Natchez, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,345
  • Natchez is like an "island" of beauty packed with nature preserves, parks and located near the Mississippi River. We have a good selection of restaurants and coffee houses. The National Historic Park is…[read more]
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  • Kosciusko, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,208
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  • Latimer, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,824
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  • McComb, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,732
  • I love living in McComb, MS. It is a small town that is great to raise a family in. There are lots of friendly people who always make you feel welcome. McComb has a great art scene and lots of cute…[read more]
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  • Pass Christian, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,302
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  • Pascagoula, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,163
  • This city has a very well funded police department. I tell you from the minute we took a look at those shiny cruisers, we knew that living in Pascagoula would be a safe stay. We are not promised long on…[read more]
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  • Holly Springs, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,591
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  • Laurel, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,806
  • Laurel, MS is known as "The City Beautiful." The city was founded in 1882 to support the lumber industry in the area. It also became a good location for farming and cotton textiles. The total area of…[read more]
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  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 46,846
  • Living in Hattiesburg, MS for 10 years has been a journey. There are some neighborhoods where I don't like to go, but if I visit the downtown area, I feel like I've stepped back in time. There are older…[read more]
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  • Forest, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,700
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  • Aberdeen, MS
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,427

Mississippi: Strong National and Historical Pride

What do Elvis, Muppets creator Jim Hansen and actor James Earl Jones have in common? They’re all from the great state of Mississippi. The residents are not the state’s only claim to fame. Mississippi boasts strong national and historical pride, deep faith, southern hospitality, beautiful outdoor spaces and a mild climate with long summers and short winters.

Mississippi is bordered on two sides by water, sitting alongside the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, the shoreline attracts visitors every year to its white sandy beaches, coastal forest and marsh habitat. With such a beautiful setting, hunting, fishing and camping are favorite pastimes of many residents. As if the great outdoors were not attractive enough, Mississippi also has a lower cost of living than the U.S. average, many historical and cultural sites and dozens of charming towns and bustling cities, each with their own charm.

Madison is one such town. Here, residents earn a higher than state average household income and enjoy lower unemployment than the national average. This community has a small-town charm, and several family-friendly attractions. The Madison Square Center for the Arts helps residents harness their own creativity and enjoy the creativity of others. Simmons Arboretum and the Strawberry Patch Park each offer walking trails, and native plants. In addition, Strawberry Patch Park has public sports complexes, playground equipment and picnic tables. While residents don't need to leave home to find entertainment, Madison is close to Jackson: a major metropolitan area.

On the other hand, Ridgeland, Mississippi is quickly becoming the place to be. The town’s population is growing quickly thanks - in part - to its lower unemployment and cost of living than the national average. Ridgeland is on the beautiful Natchez Trace and has many relaxing biking and hiking trails. Residents may be found kayaking or sailing on the water, shopping in one of the many modern, trendy open-air markets or enjoying the beautiful southern weather at a patio café.

If small town values are more your speed, Brandon may be the home you’re looking for. This is a quiet community with low crime. This may be because residents take great pride treating everyone as a neighbor. Residents come together frequently to improve the community and enjoy each other’s company. A deep sense of history and pride permeate the community. Historical sites include The Tatum House, The Cedars, The Magnolias and more. Not surprisingly, many of the attractions in Brandon center around family including the Shiloh Splash Park and Winner’s Circle Park. As an added bonus, rent and home prices are lower than the national average too.

So, if you don’t mind humidity - think of it as a daily sauna treatment - enjoy the great outdoors, are interested in art and history or like the low cost of living, check out some of the best places to live in Mississippi. Using AreaVibes, you’ll have the opportunity to compare cities, cost of living, available homes and rentals and more so you can find the best place to live in Mississippi.