The 10 Best Places To Retire In Mississippi For 2021


We analyzed over 25 places in Mississippi to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Mississippi.

If you're as old as Mississippi's name is long, you're probably about ready to retire.

And there's no better time than now to start thinking about where you're going to spend your retirement years. Well, HomeSnacks is here to help you out. We think The Magnolia State is pretty great. So great that we created a list of the best places to retire in Mississippi for 2021. We know you're all dying to know where these places are located, but first, we need to tell you how we identified the best of the best. We looked at the FBI and Census data for 21 cities with 10,000 residents. To narrow down our list even further, we looked at important factors like crime, affordability, rent, and how close a place is to an international airport.

And this is what our research uncovered. One, if you're looking to rent, you're in luck: Mississippi's rent is currently below the national average. Two, Mississippi does not tax retirement income and the state's property tax is the lowest in the country; thus, leaving you with more money for the fun things that the Hospitality State has to offer. Like, extra funds to spend on a beach vacation to Gulfport and/or a little leftover cash to take your honey out to a nice fried alligator dinner at Snappers in Biloxi.

But, whatever you do, don't do it until you take a look below at Mississippi's top ten best places to retire.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Mississippi For 2021

  1. Brandon
  2. Brookhaven
  3. Laurel
  4. West Point
  5. Vicksburg
  6. Madison
  7. Meridian
  8. Jackson
  9. Ridgeland
  10. Olive Branch

Why did Brandon take the top spot? And where are Jackson and Gulfport?

Now it's not lost on us that many of Mississippi's best places to retire are also some of the best places in the state to raise a family. This is usually how it works. Whether it's for your kids or favorite retiree, safety seems to be the number one concern across the board.

So, what is Mississippi's best place to retire? That would be Brandon according to the latest reports.

To see a list of the rest of Mississippi's best places to spend your golden years, take a look below. And if you don't find what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.

For more Mississippi state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Mississippi For 2021

Brandon, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,930
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $982
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brookhaven, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,115
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $720
Distance to Closest Airport: 54 miles
More on Brookhaven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurel, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,508
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Rent: $668
Distance to Closest Airport: 69 miles
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Point, MS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,626
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Rent: $751
Distance to Closest Airport: 109 miles
More on West Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vicksburg, MS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 22,332
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $694
Distance to Closest Airport: 47 miles
More on Vicksburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madison, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,592
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,549
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Madison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Meridian, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 37,848
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Rent: $728
Distance to Closest Airport: 80 miles
More on Meridian: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jackson, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 166,383
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $847
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Jackson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ridgeland, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 24,269
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,043
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Ridgeland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Olive Branch, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 37,461
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,164
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Olive Branch: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Magnolia State for 2021

To create our list of the best places in Mississippi to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Magnolia State -- 362 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 21 places from across the state.

For these 21, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 21, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Brandon, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Mississippi Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Mississippi goes to Brandon.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. D'Iberville
  2. Biloxi
  3. Hattiesburg

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Mississippi?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Brandon 23,930 $982
2 Brookhaven 12,115 $720
3 Laurel 18,508 $668
4 West Point 10,626 $751
5 Vicksburg 22,332 $694
6 Madison 25,592 $1,549
7 Meridian 37,848 $728
8 Jackson 166,383 $847
9 Ridgeland 24,269 $1,043
10 Olive Branch 37,461 $1,164

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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.

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