The 10 Richest Cities In Mississippi For 2021


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

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

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 2021:

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

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 2021.

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 2021

1. Madison

Madison, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,592
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,521
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Madison: Real Estate | Photos

2. Brandon

Brandon, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,930
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,573
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Photos

3. Hernando

Hernando, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,942
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $79,195
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Hernando: Real Estate | Photos

4. Byram

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,578
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $66,641
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Byram: Real Estate

5. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 37,461
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,680
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on Olive Branch: Real Estate | Photos

6. Saltillo

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,009
Rank Last Year: -
Median Income: $61,198
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Saltillo: Real Estate

7. Clinton

Clinton, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,131
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $62,685
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 12.6%
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Photos

8. Ridgeland

Ridgeland, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 24,269
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $60,823
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Ridgeland: Real Estate | Photos

9. Southaven

Southaven, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 54,152
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $61,026
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.4%
More on Southaven: Real Estate | Photos

10. Diamondhead

Diamondhead, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,103
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,035
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Diamondhead: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Mississippi For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 63 places with more than 5,000 people in Mississippi, we ranked each place from 1 to 63 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 2021". 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 63 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Mississippi For 2021

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: Greenville
3rd Poorest: Kosciusko

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Mississippi

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Madison 1.33 $114,521
2 Brandon 3.0 $78,573
3 Hernando 3.67 $79,195
4 Byram 3.67 $66,641
5 Olive Branch 7.33 $74,680
6 Saltillo 10.33 $61,198
7 Clinton 11.33 $62,685
8 Ridgeland 11.67 $60,823
9 Southaven 12.67 $61,026
10 Diamondhead 12.67 $65,035
11 Flowood 13.0 $65,191
12 Batesville 14.67 $48,175
13 Ocean Springs 15.0 $58,713
14 Pontotoc 16.0 $49,063
15 Petal 16.0 $55,946
16 Richland 16.33 $47,495
17 New Albany 17.0 $44,289
18 Pearl 18.0 $49,944
19 Tupelo 18.33 $50,694
20 Long Beach 19.33 $53,951
21 Ripley 22.33 $41,238
22 Aberdeen 25.0 $40,214
23 Senatobia 25.33 $53,529
24 Horn Lake 27.67 $48,622
25 Biloxi 28.33 $48,137
26 D'iberville 28.67 $46,115
27 Gautier 29.33 $47,399
28 Canton 30.33 $33,634
29 Waveland 31.0 $43,860
30 Oxford 32.33 $44,283
31 Bay St. Louis 32.67 $39,721
32 Amory 33.67 $35,217
33 Cleveland 33.67 $35,278
34 Moss Point 34.0 $42,173
35 Corinth 35.0 $38,460
36 Booneville 36.33 $36,513
37 Pass Christian 37.0 $47,599
38 Starkville 38.33 $35,048
39 Meridian 38.67 $32,422
40 Jackson 40.33 $38,888
41 Pascagoula 41.0 $39,887
42 Columbia 41.67 $26,858
43 Grenada 41.67 $33,226
44 Mccomb 42.0 $27,823
45 Brookhaven 42.0 $32,331
46 Gulfport 42.0 $39,171
47 Vicksburg 42.33 $32,072
48 Columbus 44.33 $36,336
49 Laurel 45.33 $31,968
50 Hattiesburg 47.33 $34,735
51 Greenwood 48.0 $26,965
52 West Point 49.0 $30,664
53 Louisville 50.0 $31,272
54 Philadelphia 52.0 $32,818
55 Forest 52.0 $27,165
56 Holly Springs 52.67 $27,190
57 Indianola 52.67 $28,941
58 Picayune 55.0 $30,006
59 Natchez 56.0 $26,443
60 Clarksdale 56.67 $30,223
61 Kosciusko 59.0 $26,632
62 Greenville 59.33 $27,025
63 Yazoo City 62.67 $24,688

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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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