The 10 Best Counties To Live In Mississippi For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best counties to live in Mississippi.

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 2021.

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 2021

1. Madison County

Canton, MS

Biggest Place: Jackson

Population: 104,562
Median Income: $71,824 (best)
Median Home Price: $219,700.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 478.3% (10th best)
More on Madison County: PhotosData

2. Rankin County

Jackson, MS

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Jackson

Population: 152,677
Median Income: $65,996 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $162,500.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 423.4% (5th best)
More on Rankin County: PhotosData

3. Desoto County

Hernando, MS

Biggest Place: Southaven

Population: 178,975
Median Income: $67,038 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $168,500.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 530.6% (16th best)
More on Desoto County: PhotosData

4. Lafayette County

Oxford, MS

Biggest Place: Oxford

Population: 53,590
Median Income: $50,272 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $199,700.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 572.5% (20th best)
More on Lafayette County: PhotosData

5. Lee County

Baldwyn, MS

Biggest Place: Tupelo

Population: 85,072
Median Income: $50,559 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $133,700.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 577.6% (2best)
More on Lee County: PhotosData

6. Jackson County

Moss Point, MS

Biggest Place: Pascagoula

Population: 142,376
Median Income: $51,657 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $135,900.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 799.6% (44th best)
More on Jackson County: PhotosData

7. Tate County

Senatobia, MS

Biggest Place: Senatobia

Population: 28,404
Median Income: $51,030 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $119,200.0 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 600.7% (25th best)
More on Tate County: PhotosData

8. Stone County

Wiggins, MS

Biggest Place: Wiggins

Population: 18,276
Median Income: $45,483 (18th best)
Median Home Price: $112,800.0 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 347.6% (2nd best)
More on Stone County: PhotosData

9. Lauderdale County

Meridian, MS

Biggest Place: Meridian

Population: 76,279
Median Income: $42,534 (27th best)
Median Home Price: $96,300.0 (29th best)
Unemployment Rate: 525.9% (15th best)
More on Lauderdale County: PhotosData

10. Warren County

Vicksburg, MS

Biggest Place: Vicksburg

Population: 46,519
Median Income: $45,113 (19th best)
Median Home Price: $128,400.0 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 635.9% (28th best)
More on Warren County: PhotosData

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.

There You Have It - 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 1 104,562 $71,824 $219,700.0
Rankin County 2 152,677 $65,996 $162,500.0
Desoto County 3 178,975 $67,038 $168,500.0
Lafayette County 4 53,590 $50,272 $199,700.0
Lee County 5 85,072 $50,559 $133,700.0
Jackson County 6 142,376 $51,657 $135,900.0
Tate County 7 28,404 $51,030 $119,200.0
Stone County 8 18,276 $45,483 $112,800.0
Lauderdale County 9 76,279 $42,534 $96,300.0
Warren County 10 46,519 $45,113 $128,400.0
Hancock County 11 46,961 $48,119 $147,500.0
Jones County 12 68,352 $41,775 $98,600.0
Lamar County 13 61,969 $60,328 $177,700.0
Lowndes County 14 59,150 $50,441 $134,200.0
Itawamba County 15 23,462 $44,567 $87,600.0
Carroll County 16 10,070 $46,052 $99,000.0
Monroe County 17 35,673 $42,354 $91,700.0
Hinds County 18 238,797 $44,625 $118,600.0
Harrison County 19 204,502 $47,894 $150,500.0
Franklin County 20 7,733 $40,219 $76,600.0
Union County 21 28,507 $45,754 $100,600.0
Webster County 22 9,768 $45,730 $84,000.0
Lincoln County 23 34,320 $42,606 $99,500.0
Oktibbeha County 24 49,512 $40,453 $162,900.0
Clarke County 25 15,770 $43,207 $84,900.0
Choctaw County 26 8,277 $36,777 $81,400.0
Marshall County 27 35,599 $42,233 $107,900.0
Forrest County 28 75,224 $39,840 $122,700.0
Lawrence County 29 12,633 $41,914 $94,800.0
Pearl River County 30 55,219 $46,901 $138,200.0
Grenada County 31 21,088 $40,122 $105,000.0
Alcorn County 32 37,090 $42,086 $102,700.0
Smith County 33 16,009 $43,105 $102,600.0
Yalobusha County 34 12,367 $41,464 $79,700.0
Panola County 35 34,190 $38,304 $83,300.0
Newton County 36 21,360 $35,958 $85,600.0
Tippah County 37 22,018 $39,246 $86,900.0
George County 38 23,917 $47,292 $110,800.0
Pontotoc County 39 31,618 $44,759 $106,500.0
Perry County 40 12,006 $42,469 $86,700.0
Clay County 41 19,640 $31,833 $89,900.0
Copiah County 42 28,501 $42,151 $95,200.0
Prentiss County 43 25,255 $39,256 $92,700.0
Tunica County 44 9,988 $39,370 $107,100.0
Simpson County 45 26,888 $43,850 $87,900.0
Tishomingo County 46 19,441 $37,681 $88,100.0
Jasper County 47 16,505 $35,872 $79,000.0
Attala County 48 18,437 $33,767 $80,700.0
Wayne County 49 20,373 $37,706 $85,800.0
Montgomery County 50 10,068 $39,840 $84,800.0
Pike County 51 39,532 $31,784 $95,500.0
Walthall County 52 14,477 $30,961 $95,800.0
Winston County 53 18,229 $34,724 $84,900.0
Chickasaw County 54 17,193 $36,548 $66,500.0
Calhoun County 55 14,499 $37,263 $70,500.0
Neshoba County 56 29,332 $37,987 $83,000.0
Jefferson Davis County 57 11,339 $32,116 $94,600.0
Marion County 58 24,990 $32,090 $89,000.0
Covington County 59 18,978 $38,178 $77,100.0
Greene County 60 13,645 $49,677 $77,700.0
Amite County 61 12,412 $33,981 $83,600.0
Benton County 62 8,232 $36,258 $78,000.0
Kemper County 63 9,943 $31,103 $73,600.0
Yazoo County 64 28,565 $33,279 $88,900.0
Leake County 65 22,792 $37,096 $83,300.0
Bolivar County 66 31,848 $29,854 $96,100.0
Leflore County 67 29,222 $26,735 $81,200.0
Adams County 68 31,266 $29,936 $92,100.0
Scott County 69 28,332 $34,943 $71,300.0
Issaquena County 70 1,361 $24,208 $79,200.0
Coahoma County 71 23,255 $29,121 $68,300.0
Tallahatchie County 72 14,158 $29,864 $66,400.0
Wilkinson County 73 8,875 $27,313 $70,300.0
Sunflower County 74 26,168 $30,838 $78,400.0
Washington County 75 46,057 $29,705 $75,600.0
Noxubee County 76 10,700 $33,784 $59,700.0
Claiborne County 77 9,089 $29,338 $67,500.0
Jefferson County 78 7,225 $25,019 $63,400.0
Sharkey County 79 4,404 $29,394 $64,400.0
Humphreys County 80 8,389 $28,962 $69,100.0
Holmes County 81 17,737 $21,504 $60,400.0
Quitman County 82 7,187 $25,283 $50,900.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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