The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Mississippi For 2024

The fastest-growing cities in Mississippi are Leakesville and D’Iberville for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Is being in an area of Mississippi 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 Forest and Ripley, thank you very much.

But today, we’re going to put opinions aside and look at the cold, hard facts — since 2010, which cities in Mississippi have grown the fastest.

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

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Mississippi For 2024

  1. Leakesville
  2. D’Iberville
  3. Olive Branch
  4. Oxford
  5. Flowood
  6. Hernando
  7. Byram
  8. Pass Christian
  9. Brandon
  10. Madison

Fastest Growing Cities In Mississippi Map

What’s the fastest growing city in Mississippi for 2024? Based on the most recent ACS data, Leakesville ranks as the fastest-growing city in Mississippi. If you happen to be a resident of Leakesville, you’re probably not surprised to find it on our list.

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

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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Mississippi For 2024

1. Leakesville

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Population: 5,463
Population 2010: 975
Percent Growth 460.3%
Absolute Growth: 4,488
More on Leakesville: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

2. D’iberville

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Population: 12,922
Population 2010: 8,905
Percent Growth 45.1%
Absolute Growth: 4,017
More on D’iberville: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

3. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, MS

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Population: 45,938
Population 2010: 31,910
Percent Growth 44.0%
Absolute Growth: 14,028
More on Olive Branch: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

4. Oxford

Oxford, MS

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Population: 25,713
Population 2010: 17,990
Percent Growth 42.9%
Absolute Growth: 7,723
More on Oxford: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

5. Flowood

Flowood, MS

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Population: 10,204
Population 2010: 7,586
Percent Growth 34.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,618
More on Flowood: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

6. Hernando

Hernando, MS

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Population: 17,262
Population 2010: 13,253
Percent Growth 30.2%
Absolute Growth: 4,009
More on Hernando: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

7. Byram

Byram, MS

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Population: 12,922
Population 2010: 10,511
Percent Growth 22.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,411
More on Byram: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

8. Pass Christian

Pass Christian, MS

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Population: 5,802
Population 2010: 4,809
Percent Growth 20.6%
Absolute Growth: 993
More on Pass Christian: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

9. Brandon

Brandon, MS

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Population: 25,142
Population 2010: 21,072
Percent Growth 19.3%
Absolute Growth: 4,070
More on Brandon: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

10. Madison

Madison, MS

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Population: 27,595
Population 2010: 23,294
Percent Growth 18.5%
Absolute Growth: 4,301
More on Madison: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Magnolia State for 2024

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we used Saturday Night Science to look at the growth rates for cities since 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 2022)

We ranked all 61 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]

The data has been updated for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Mississippi.

Here’s a graph of the cities in Mississippi with the most significant percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Mississippi Graph For 2024

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

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

The fastest-growing cities in Mississippi are Leakesville, D’Iberville, Olive Branch, Oxford, Flowood, Hernando, Byram, Pass Christian, Brandon, and Madison.

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. Canton
  3. Greenville

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Fastest Growing Places In Mississippi For 2024

Rank City Population Population 2010 Growth Absolute Growth
1 Leakesville 5,463 975 460.3% 4,488
2 D’iberville 12,922 8,905 45.1% 4,017
3 Olive Branch 45,938 31,910 44.0% 14,028
4 Oxford 25,713 17,990 42.9% 7,723
5 Flowood 10,204 7,586 34.5% 2,618
6 Hernando 17,262 13,253 30.2% 4,009
7 Byram 12,922 10,511 22.9% 2,411
8 Pass Christian 5,802 4,809 20.6% 993
9 Brandon 25,142 21,072 19.3% 4,070
10 Madison 27,595 23,294 18.5% 4,301
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