These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Mississippi

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Mississippi works hard, there’s a certain part of the Magnolia State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Mississippi .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Madison which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Mississippi. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Mississippi for a promotion:

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

So listen up Yazoo City as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Magnolia State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 61 places in Mississippi, we ranked each place from 1 to 61 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Mississippi”. And, at the end of the day, Madison had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Madison

Madison, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,871College Graduates: 64.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Byram

Byram, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,609College Graduates: 31.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.6

3. Brandon

Brandon, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 22,616College Graduates: 38.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.6
Workers Per Household: 1.4

4. Ridgeland


Population: 24,209 College Graduates: 49.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.1
Workers Per Household: 1.3

5. Clinton

Clinton, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,486College Graduates: 41.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,543College Graduates: 26.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Flowood


Population: 8,218 College Graduates: 42.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.1
Workers Per Household: 1.3

8. Southaven

Southaven, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,389College Graduates: 21.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Hernando

Hernando, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,723College Graduates: 26.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.9
Workers Per Household: 1.3

10. Pontotoc

Pontotoc, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,754College Graduates: 19.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Mississippi

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Madison 1 24,871 64.4% 40.7 1.5
Byram 2 11,609 31.2% 39.1 1.6
Brandon 3 22,616 38.0% 39.6 1.4
Ridgeland 4 24,209 49.5% 41.1 1.3
Clinton 5 25,486 41.5% 38.8 1.5
Olive Branch 6 34,543 26.7% 40.9 1.5
Flowood 7 8,218 42.4% 40.1 1.3
Southaven 8 50,389 21.0% 40.4 1.5
Hernando 9 14,723 26.8% 39.9 1.3
Pontotoc 10 5,754 19.0% 39.0 1.5
Ocean Springs 11 17,446 36.4% 38.5 1.3
Biloxi 12 44,527 23.8% 41.0 1.4
Petal 13 10,675 29.2% 39.5 1.3
Long Beach 14 15,224 26.5% 40.1 1.4
Diamondhead 15 8,275 43.5% 40.1 1.1
Oxford 16 20,200 50.5% 34.2 1.3
Richland 17 7,012 15.7% 38.2 1.4
Tupelo 18 35,345 28.5% 38.8 1.2
Canton 19 13,321 20.8% 39.4 1.3
Senatobia 20 8,063 25.8% 38.2 1.3
Bay St. Louis 21 10,313 32.5% 39.9 1.1
Gautier 22 18,581 21.2% 39.7 1.3
Pearl 23 26,105 19.1% 39.6 1.3
Batesville 24 7,436 30.9% 39.8 1.0
Jackson 25 173,631 26.0% 37.9 1.3
D’Iberville 26 10,161 15.7% 38.0 1.4
Starkville 27 24,457 47.6% 35.7 1.2
Hattiesburg 28 46,629 32.2% 35.8 1.3
New Albany 29 8,291 20.8% 39.2 1.3
Cleveland 30 12,318 29.1% 35.9 1.3
Horn Lake 31 26,486 11.9% 39.5 1.5
Pascagoula 32 22,239 18.3% 39.6 1.2
Gulfport 33 69,913 20.1% 38.9 1.2
Philadelphia 34 7,446 19.0% 40.6 1.2
Vicksburg 35 23,559 22.7% 38.6 1.1
Meridian 36 40,809 21.5% 38.1 1.2
Grenada 37 12,951 16.2% 37.4 1.3
Indianola 38 10,426 20.2% 38.5 1.3
McComb 39 12,771 17.3% 39.1 1.1
Ripley 40 5,349 14.1% 38.4 1.2
Laurel 41 18,720 16.7% 39.3 1.2
Forest 42 5,719 15.7% 39.4 1.2
Corinth 43 14,797 21.3% 39.3 1.1
Brookhaven 44 12,499 19.5% 38.3 1.0
Natchez 45 15,563 21.9% 38.6 1.0
Picayune 46 10,838 18.7% 36.5 1.1
Greenville 47 33,518 20.0% 38.8 1.2
Louisville 48 6,498 22.7% 38.9 1.1
Columbus 49 23,483 21.1% 37.4 1.2
Kosciusko 50 7,302 21.2% 39.1 1.0
Amory 51 7,197 18.1% 38.3 1.1
West Point 52 11,200 19.1% 38.1 1.2
Clarksdale 53 17,497 19.5% 37.3 1.1
Columbia 54 6,446 13.0% 41.9 0.9
Booneville 55 8,775 16.2% 37.9 1.1
Greenwood 56 15,873 19.2% 39.0 1.0
Waveland 57 6,463 11.6% 39.3 1.2
Moss Point 58 13,690 13.9% 38.5 1.2
Holly Springs 59 7,585 12.6% 36.4 1.1
Aberdeen 60 5,492 16.5% 37.3 1.0
Yazoo City 61 11,462 13.0% 36.2 1.2

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