These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Mississippi

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Mississippi have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Mississippi places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Madison, the happiest place in Mississippi.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Magnolia State”:

  1. Madison
  2. Brandon
  3. Diamondhead
  4. Hernando
  5. Vancleave
  6. Clinton
  7. Gulf Park Estates
  8. Ocean Springs
  9. Batesville
  10. Richland
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Magnolia State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 64 places in Mississippi with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 64 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Mississippi”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Mississippi ranked. Our apologies to Olive Branch which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Madison

Madison, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,871People Who Own Their Home: 87.9%
Married Adults: 67.7%

2. Brandon

Brandon, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 22,616People Who Own Their Home: 75.2%
Married Adults: 58.0%

3. Diamondhead

Population: 8,275People Who Own Their Home: 71.0%
Married Adults: 68.7%

4. Hernando

Hernando, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,723People Who Own Their Home: 79.3%
Married Adults: 54.0%

5. Vancleave

Vancleave, Mississippi
Population: 6,147 People Who Own Their Home: 77.6%
Married Adults: 63.0%

6. Clinton

Clinton, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,486People Who Own Their Home: 65.2%
Married Adults: 48.9%

7. Gulf Park Estates


Population: 5,571 People Who Own Their Home: 64.1%
Married Adults: 54.8%

8. Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,446People Who Own Their Home: 60.0%
Married Adults: 49.8%

9. Batesville

Batesville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,436People Who Own Their Home: 59.3%
Married Adults: 39.5%

10. Richland

Richland, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,012People Who Own Their Home: 57.1%
Married Adults: 55.8%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Mississippi

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Madison 1 24,871 87.9% 67.7%
Brandon 2 22,616 75.2% 58.0%
Diamondhead 3 8,275 71.0% 68.7%
Hernando 4 14,723 79.3% 54.0%
Vancleave 5 6,147 77.6% 63.0%
Clinton 6 25,486 65.2% 48.9%
Gulf Park Estates 7 5,571 64.1% 54.8%
Ocean Springs 8 17,446 60.0% 49.8%
Batesville 9 7,436 59.3% 39.5%
Richland 10 7,012 57.1% 55.8%
Olive Branch 11 34,543 72.8% 53.4%
Ridgeland 12 24,209 41.2% 43.6%
Southaven 13 50,389 63.8% 52.4%
Petal 14 10,675 62.9% 53.4%
Tupelo 15 35,345 53.6% 45.4%
Byram 16 11,609 72.2% 43.6%
Gulf Hills 17 8,398 60.8% 48.5%
Long Beach 18 15,224 54.6% 49.5%
Pearl 19 26,105 57.3% 44.7%
Latimer 20 7,066 73.3% 54.9%
Pontotoc 21 5,754 48.8% 39.7%
Flowood 22 8,218 45.4% 45.0%
Grenada 23 12,951 50.9% 34.5%
Ripley 24 5,349 51.5% 49.4%
D’Iberville 25 10,161 41.6% 46.1%
Amory 26 7,197 60.2% 46.7%
Senatobia 27 8,063 51.3% 37.5%
Horn Lake 28 26,486 57.7% 44.1%
Booneville 29 8,775 54.1% 44.8%
Cleveland 30 12,318 50.9% 34.4%
Philadelphia 31 7,446 55.4% 38.5%
West Hattiesburg 32 6,853 45.9% 47.1%
Gautier 33 18,581 56.9% 46.3%
New Albany 34 8,291 49.9% 47.0%
Corinth 35 14,797 47.8% 43.8%
Biloxi 36 44,527 38.3% 42.9%
Natchez 37 15,563 45.5% 35.8%
Canton 38 13,321 49.0% 29.4%
West Point 39 11,200 50.3% 43.2%
Forest 40 5,719 43.6% 39.7%
Laurel 41 18,720 47.1% 32.3%
Moss Point 42 13,690 53.8% 34.3%
Kosciusko 43 7,302 46.5% 37.8%
Pascagoula 44 22,239 42.6% 40.6%
Starkville 45 24,457 34.6% 34.3%
Meridian 46 40,809 43.3% 34.2%
Indianola 47 10,426 55.0% 27.3%
Oxford 48 20,200 25.1% 25.1%
Picayune 49 10,838 50.3% 42.9%
Brookhaven 50 12,499 47.2% 36.4%
Vicksburg 51 23,559 45.0% 29.2%
Aberdeen 52 5,492 55.4% 27.4%
Gulfport 53 69,913 42.9% 38.6%
Jackson 54 173,631 43.4% 29.4%
Holly Springs 55 7,585 51.6% 24.5%
Clarksdale 56 17,497 43.0% 29.2%
Hattiesburg 57 46,629 31.5% 27.2%
Greenville 58 33,518 45.0% 34.5%
Columbia 59 6,446 48.0% 34.8%
Greenwood 60 15,873 40.5% 27.0%
Columbus 61 23,483 42.3% 34.0%
Louisville 62 6,498 49.5% 32.2%
Waveland 63 6,463 43.4% 34.3%
Yazoo City 64 11,462 36.8% 25.4%