The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Mississippi For 2021

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Mississippi.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Jackson and Gulfport, while others want peace and quiet like in Saltillo and Ripley, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Mississippi have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Magnolia State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Mississippi for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Mississippi For 2021

  1. D'Iberville
  2. Oxford
  3. Bay St. Louis
  4. Pass Christian
  5. Hernando
  6. Flowood
  7. Olive Branch
  8. Southaven
  9. Brandon
  10. Saltillo

What's the fastest growing city in Mississippi for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, D'Iberville ranks as the fastest growing city in Mississippi. If you happen to be a resident of D'Iberville, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Mississippi are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Mississippi or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Mississippi state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Mississippi For 2021

1. D'iberville

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Population: 13,673
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,905
Percent Growth 53.5%
Absolute Growth: 4,768
More on D'iberville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Oxford

Oxford, MS

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Population: 26,962
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 17,990
Percent Growth 49.9%
Absolute Growth: 8,972
More on Oxford: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis, MS

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Population: 13,018
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 9,349
Percent Growth 39.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,669
More on Bay St. Louis: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Pass Christian

Pass Christian, MS

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Population: 5,877
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 4,809
Percent Growth 22.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,068
More on Pass Christian: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Hernando

Hernando, MS

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Population: 15,942
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 13,253
Percent Growth 20.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,689
More on Hernando: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Flowood

Flowood, MS

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Population: 9,030
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,586
Percent Growth 19.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,444
More on Flowood: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, MS

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Population: 37,461
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 31,910
Percent Growth 17.4%
Absolute Growth: 5,551
More on Olive Branch: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Southaven

Southaven, MS

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Population: 54,152
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 46,743
Percent Growth 15.9%
Absolute Growth: 7,409
More on Southaven: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Brandon

Brandon, MS

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Population: 23,930
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 21,072
Percent Growth 13.6%
Absolute Growth: 2,858
More on Brandon: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Saltillo

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Population: 5,009
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 4,486
Percent Growth 11.7%
Absolute Growth: 523
More on Saltillo: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Magnolia State for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 62 Mississippi cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Magnolia State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Mississippi with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Mississippi Graph For 2021

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Mississippi, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Mississippi are led by D'Iberville which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Clarksdale
  2. Indianola
  3. Greenville

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Mississippi For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 D'iberville 53.5% 13,673 8,905
2 Oxford 49.9% 26,962 17,990
3 Bay St. Louis 39.2% 13,018 9,349
4 Pass Christian 22.2% 5,877 4,809
5 Hernando 20.3% 15,942 13,253
6 Flowood 19.0% 9,030 7,586
7 Olive Branch 17.4% 37,461 31,910
8 Southaven 15.9% 54,152 46,743
9 Brandon 13.6% 23,930 21,072
10 Saltillo 11.7% 5,009 4,486

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