The 10 Richest Cities In Mississippi For 2022


We analyzed 62 places in Mississippi to determine where the 1% live.

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So you’re looking to rub shoulders with the richest of the rich over some first-class po’boys in the Hospitality State. Just where should you move to be among the wealthy elite of Mississippi?

The first place to look would be some of the surrounding suburbs of Jackson, which constitute 70% of this list’s cities. Places like Madison and Brandon top not only this list, but also the best places to live in Mississippi, so they’re a safe bet for satisfying the desires of even the most discerning settlers. Another option is living in the northwestern region of the state, in a Memphis suburb like Hernando or Olive Branch.

Just how much do you need to earn to break into Mississippi’s high society? Well the good news is that average median household income for the cities on this list is only around $65,000/year, so it’s definitely an achievable goal. Heck, in a city like Richland, you can be a top mover and shaker for under $50,000/year. With all that money, you’ll be rolling in the finest shrimp and blue crab that Mississippi has to offer. You might even give Mississippi’s native daughter Oprah a run for her money.

Get out your fried okra and catfish, switch on the Ole Miss game and read on to learn which spots in Mississippi have the best employment numbers coupled with the highest earners. That way you can skip all the bootlicking and move straight to the upper-echelon of Mississippian society.

Here are the 10 richest places in Mississippi for 2022:

  1. Madison
  2. Byram
  3. Brandon
  4. Hernando
  5. Olive Branch
  6. Diamondhead
  7. Ridgeland
  8. Clinton
  9. Pontotoc
  10. Saltillo

There you have it: the best places to be the Mr. and Mrs. Monopoly’s of Mississippi. Just because the state has some of the highest poverty levels nationwide, doesn’t mean there aren’t some serious hotspots of wealth.

How did we come up with this list? For starters, we narrowed the cities down to just those with a population of at least 5,000. We then graded the remaining cities on three factors: poverty rate, unemployment rate, and median household income. Excelling in each of these categories was a one-way ticket to the top of this list. But which of these cities is the richest of the rich? According to the data, Madison is the richest city in Mississippi for 2022.

If you’re curious to see how other cities in Mississippi fared, check out the list below.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Mississippi:

The 10 Richest Cities In Mississippi For 2022

1. Madison

Madison, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,650
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $119,855
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Madison: Real Estate | Photos

2. Byram

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,519
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $67,318
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Byram: Real Estate

3. Brandon

Brandon, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,088
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $80,924
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Photos

4. Hernando

Hernando, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,206
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $68,377
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on Hernando: Real Estate | Photos

5. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 38,270
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,939
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
More on Olive Branch: Real Estate | Photos

6. Diamondhead

Diamondhead, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,076
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $64,041
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Diamondhead: Real Estate | Photos

7. Ridgeland

Ridgeland, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,194
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $60,296
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Ridgeland: Real Estate | Photos

8. Clinton

Clinton, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,797
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $64,403
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.6%
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Photos

9. Pontotoc

Pontotoc, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,070
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Income: $49,250
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 14.3%
More on Pontotoc: Real Estate | Photos

10. Saltillo

Saltillo, MS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,026
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Income: $59,884
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Saltillo: Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Mississippi For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Mississippi
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 64 places with more than 5,000 people in Mississippi, we ranked each place from 1 to 64 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Madison, crowned the “Richest City In Mississippi For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 64 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Mississippi For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Mississippi, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Mississippi.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Mississippi, according to data:

Poorest: Yazoo City
2nd Poorest: Clarksdale
3rd Poorest: Greenville

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Mississippi

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Madison 2.33 $119,855
2 Byram 3.67 $67,318
3 Brandon 5.0 $80,924
4 Hernando 5.33 $68,377
5 Olive Branch 6.33 $78,939
6 Diamondhead 7.33 $64,041
7 Ridgeland 9.0 $60,296
8 Clinton 10.67 $64,403
9 Pontotoc 13.0 $49,250
10 Saltillo 14.0 $59,884
11 Southaven 14.0 $63,321
12 Long Beach 15.0 $60,313
13 Petal 15.0 $57,565
14 New Albany 17.0 $41,975
15 Senatobia 18.0 $56,053
16 Richland 18.33 $47,061
17 Tupelo 18.67 $54,691
18 Pearl 19.33 $50,614
19 Ocean Springs 19.33 $60,859
20 Flowood 19.33 $70,938
21 Batesville 21.0 $46,507
22 Waveland 21.33 $47,214
23 Horn Lake 24.0 $52,181
24 Booneville 27.33 $42,225
25 Pass Christian 28.0 $47,250
26 Oxford 28.67 $48,566
27 Bay St. Louis 28.67 $43,657
28 Ripley 29.33 $47,426
29 Aberdeen 30.0 $42,257
30 Biloxi 31.0 $48,999
31 Cleveland 33.0 $35,907
32 Moss Point 33.67 $45,763
33 Gautier 34.0 $51,382
34 D’iberville 34.67 $46,967
35 Amory 38.33 $43,209
36 Canton 38.67 $32,158
37 Starkville 39.0 $35,300
38 Holly Springs 40.67 $34,779
39 Corinth 41.0 $33,981
40 Leakesville 41.33 $30,833
41 Forest 41.33 $43,382
42 Brookhaven 42.0 $31,488
43 Gulfport 42.0 $40,554
44 Greenwood 42.67 $32,565
45 Jackson 44.33 $40,064
46 Pascagoula 44.33 $41,167
47 Laurel 45.0 $34,114
48 Grenada 45.33 $31,322
49 Columbus 47.0 $34,551
50 Mccomb 47.0 $30,197
51 Philadelphia 47.33 $39,472
52 Louisville 48.0 $31,875
53 Vicksburg 48.33 $34,242
54 Meridian 48.33 $30,088
55 Hattiesburg 49.0 $36,111
56 Columbia 49.0 $23,983
57 Picayune 49.67 $31,349
58 Indianola 53.0 $30,866
59 West Point 55.33 $30,399
60 Kosciusko 56.67 $25,684
61 Natchez 57.67 $26,800
62 Greenville 59.0 $29,013
63 Clarksdale 59.67 $30,603
64 Yazoo City 63.67 $24,730

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Mississippi.

About Chris Kolmar

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