The 10 Best Counties To Live In Mississippi For 2022


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Mississippi have the most for people looking to make the move to Mississippi.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Mississippi a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Mississippi.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Magnolia State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Mississippi, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 82 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Magnolia State for 2022.

Madison County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Mississippi. And you might want to avoid Quitman County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Mississippi, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Mississippi and the cheapest places to live in Mississippi.

The Best Counties To Live In Mississippi For 2022

1. Madison County

Canton, MS

Biggest Place: Jackson

Population: 105,482
Median Income: $71,621.0 (best)
Median Home Price: $224,300.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (10th best)
More on Madison County: PhotosData

2. Desoto County

Hernando, MS

Biggest Place: Southaven

Population: 182,256
Median Income: $69,990.0 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $177,800.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (14th best)
More on Desoto County: PhotosData

3. Rankin County

Jackson, MS

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Jackson

Population: 154,119
Median Income: $68,310.0 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $165,200.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (15th best)
More on Rankin County: PhotosData

4. Hancock County

Bay St. Louis, MS

Biggest Place: Bay St. Louis

Population: 47,339
Median Income: $54,860.0 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $167,700.0 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (27th best)
More on Hancock County: PhotosData

5. Lafayette County

Oxford, MS

Biggest Place: Oxford

Population: 54,059
Median Income: $53,318.0 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $217,900.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (9th best)
More on Lafayette County: PhotosData

6. Pearl River County

Lumberton, MS

Biggest Place: Picayune

Population: 55,512
Median Income: $51,538.0 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $150,800.0 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (26th best)
More on Pearl River County: PhotosData

7. Tate County

Senatobia, MS

Biggest Place: Senatobia

Population: 28,419
Median Income: $55,738.0 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $139,300.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (2best)
More on Tate County: PhotosData

8. Lee County

Baldwyn, MS

Biggest Place: Tupelo

Population: 85,304
Median Income: $55,861.0 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $140,600.0 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (24th best)
More on Lee County: PhotosData

9. Stone County

Wiggins, MS

Biggest Place: Wiggins

Population: 18,282
Median Income: $47,683.0 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $124,500.0 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (33rd best)
More on Stone County: PhotosData

10. Itawamba County

Fulton, MS

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Fulton

Population: 23,396
Median Income: $47,649.0 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $90,700.0 (42nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.6% (best)
More on Itawamba County: PhotosData

Methodology: How do you determine which Mississippi county is the best?

To give you the best county in Mississippi, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Mississippi across each of the criteria from one to 82, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Mississippi”.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Magnolia State.

Read on to see why Madison County is the best county, while Quitman County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Mississippi.

Summary: The Best Counties In Mississippi To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Mississippi can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Mississippi according to the data:

  1. Quitman County
  2. Holmes County
  3. Humphreys County

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Mississippi

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Madison County 1 105,482 $71,621.0 $224,300.0
Desoto County 2 182,256 $69,990.0 $177,800.0
Rankin County 3 154,119 $68,310.0 $165,200.0
Hancock County 4 47,339 $54,860.0 $167,700.0
Lafayette County 5 54,059 $53,318.0 $217,900.0
Pearl River County 6 55,512 $51,538.0 $150,800.0
Tate County 7 28,419 $55,738.0 $139,300.0
Lee County 8 85,304 $55,861.0 $140,600.0
Stone County 9 18,282 $47,683.0 $124,500.0
Itawamba County 10 23,396 $47,649.0 $90,700.0
Webster County 11 9,727 $52,382.0 $86,600.0
Lowndes County 12 58,896 $48,170.0 $136,300.0
Jackson County 13 142,872 $53,726.0 $143,000.0
Lamar County 14 62,693 $61,649.0 $174,600.0
Monroe County 15 35,559 $45,018.0 $99,100.0
Jones County 16 68,307 $43,391.0 $101,300.0
Carroll County 17 9,972 $46,729.0 $93,800.0
Lauderdale County 18 75,557 $42,922.0 $103,600.0
Harrison County 19 206,169 $48,547.0 $157,900.0
Union County 20 28,578 $47,317.0 $112,900.0
Oktibbeha County 21 49,593 $39,490.0 $165,000.0
Warren County 22 46,030 $46,909.0 $133,100.0
Prentiss County 23 25,155 $40,163.0 $95,300.0
Hinds County 24 235,604 $45,380.0 $121,500.0
Jasper County 25 16,454 $37,877.0 $89,300.0
Choctaw County 26 8,206 $36,648.0 $89,700.0
Pontotoc County 27 31,996 $48,980.0 $115,300.0
Newton County 28 21,215 $42,176.0 $86,200.0
Lincoln County 29 34,197 $41,355.0 $105,100.0
Franklin County 30 7,716 $39,066.0 $81,200.0
Simpson County 31 26,818 $43,403.0 $86,600.0
Forrest County 32 75,162 $42,298.0 $118,100.0
Alcorn County 33 37,058 $40,938.0 $108,600.0
Perry County 34 11,981 $47,173.0 $108,000.0
Tishomingo County 35 19,396 $38,302.0 $97,000.0
Smith County 36 15,919 $44,714.0 $108,300.0
Calhoun County 37 14,417 $40,345.0 $70,500.0
Attala County 38 18,308 $35,631.0 $88,700.0
Copiah County 39 28,339 $44,252.0 $88,900.0
Yalobusha County 40 12,276 $41,440.0 $85,500.0
Grenada County 41 20,927 $39,952.0 $107,800.0
George County 42 24,098 $47,044.0 $119,300.0
Marshall County 43 35,502 $43,411.0 $123,700.0
Clarke County 44 15,612 $38,631.0 $81,100.0
Neshoba County 45 29,250 $40,750.0 $83,600.0
Walthall County 46 14,423 $33,566.0 $98,100.0
Pike County 47 39,365 $32,726.0 $95,800.0
Winston County 48 18,116 $38,986.0 $96,700.0
Tippah County 49 21,976 $37,894.0 $89,200.0
Tunica County 50 9,807 $34,485.0 $101,800.0
Clay County 51 19,515 $33,209.0 $96,700.0
Greene County 52 13,619 $47,033.0 $83,100.0
Chickasaw County 53 17,060 $35,592.0 $70,000.0
Panola County 54 34,079 $37,232.0 $82,700.0
Benton County 55 8,275 $39,758.0 $82,800.0
Jefferson Davis County 56 11,182 $32,214.0 $82,400.0
Lawrence County 57 12,595 $36,239.0 $104,000.0
Montgomery County 58 9,956 $38,022.0 $87,500.0
Scott County 59 28,288 $39,971.0 $78,500.0
Covington County 60 18,810 $32,917.0 $68,100.0
Amite County 61 12,341 $30,805.0 $85,200.0
Bolivar County 62 31,253 $32,412.0 $98,800.0
Leake County 63 22,791 $36,708.0 $86,200.0
Adams County 64 31,103 $30,633.0 $94,100.0
Wayne County 65 20,344 $33,612.0 $78,300.0
Marion County 66 24,785 $31,629.0 $94,300.0
Issaquena County 67 1,223 $28,333.0 $87,500.0
Kemper County 68 9,829 $30,735.0 $78,600.0
Leflore County 69 28,764 $30,077.0 $86,000.0
Washington County 70 45,072 $32,011.0 $80,600.0
Sunflower County 71 25,759 $31,515.0 $86,300.0
Yazoo County 72 28,511 $32,729.0 $88,600.0
Sharkey County 73 4,427 $35,711.0 $63,400.0
Wilkinson County 74 8,727 $30,760.0 $70,500.0
Coahoma County 75 22,685 $30,761.0 $67,900.0
Jefferson County 76 7,129 $29,524.0 $62,000.0
Tallahatchie County 77 14,041 $30,433.0 $68,900.0
Noxubee County 78 10,566 $36,958.0 $67,100.0
Claiborne County 79 9,042 $32,268.0 $69,600.0
Humphreys County 80 8,198 $28,628.0 $70,500.0
Holmes County 81 17,414 $24,074.0 $58,600.0
Quitman County 82 7,038 $24,233.0 $54,500.0
Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best counties to live in Mississippi.

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