The 10 Best Places To Retire In Mississippi For 2022


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth 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 2022. 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 24 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 2022

  1. Brandon
  2. Brookhaven
  3. Hernando
  4. Natchez
  5. Corinth
  6. Vicksburg
  7. Long Beach
  8. Bay St. Louis
  9. West Point
  10. Petal

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

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 2022

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,088
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $981
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brandon, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,045
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $707
Distance to Closest Airport: 54 miles
More on Brookhaven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brookhaven, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,206
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,064
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Hernando: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hernando, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,854
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $560
Distance to Closest Airport: 70 miles
More on Natchez: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Natchez, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,544
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $608
Distance to Closest Airport: 83 miles
More on Corinth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Corinth, MS

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 22,045
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $708
Distance to Closest Airport: 47 miles
More on Vicksburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vicksburg, MS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,829
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,029
Distance to Closest Airport: 70 miles
More on Long Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Long Beach, MS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,539
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $867
Distance to Closest Airport: 58 miles
More on Bay St. Louis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bay St. Louis, MS

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 10,517
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Rent: $683
Distance to Closest Airport: 109 miles
More on West Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Point, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,624
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $839
Distance to Closest Airport: 82 miles
More on Petal: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Petal, MS

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Magnolia State for 2022

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 24 places from across the state.

For these 24, 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 24, 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.

Summary: 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. Byram
  3. Starkville

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Mississippi?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Brandon 24,088 $981
2 Brookhaven 12,045 $707
3 Hernando 16,206 $1,064
4 Natchez 14,854 $560
5 Corinth 14,544 $608
6 Vicksburg 22,045 $708
7 Long Beach 15,829 $1,029
8 Bay St. Louis 13,539 $867
9 West Point 10,517 $683
10 Petal 10,624 $839

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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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