These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Mississippi

We looked at the data to determine where the best of the best are living in Mississippi.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Mississippi. And here they are:

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

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Mississippi

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Madison

Madison, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,871Median Income: $99,109
Poverty Level: 4.3%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

2. Diamondhead

Diamondhead, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,275Median Income: $67,138
Poverty Level: 8.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

3. Brandon

Brandon, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 22,616Median Income: $71,199
Poverty Level: 9.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

4. Byram

Byram, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,609Median Income: $55,532
Poverty Level: 7.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

5. Ridgeland


Population 2014: 24,209 Median Income: $55,012
Poverty Level: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

6. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,543Median Income: $64,253
Poverty Level: 7.2%
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%

7. Hernando

Hernando, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,723Median Income: $61,466
Poverty Level: 8.2%
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%

8. Southaven

Southaven, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,389Median Income: $58,712
Poverty Level: 9.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%

9. Clinton

Clinton, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,486Median Income: $60,161
Poverty Level: 13.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

10. Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,446Median Income: $57,080
Poverty Level: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Madison and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Mississippi

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Madison $99,109 4.3% 4.6%
2 Diamondhead $67,138 8.2% 4.1%
3 Brandon $71,199 9.2% 5.5%
4 Byram $55,532 7.7% 6.4%
5 Ridgeland $55,012 10.0% 4.5%
6 Olive Branch $64,253 7.2% 8.2%
7 Hernando $61,466 8.2% 7.2%
8 Southaven $58,712 9.2% 6.8%
9 Clinton $60,161 13.1% 4.7%
10 Ocean Springs $57,080 10.0% 6.7%
11 Richland $45,338 12.1% 4.6%
12 D’Iberville $45,378 8.6% 7.0%
13 Flowood $51,367 12.7% 6.1%
14 Pontotoc $43,137 13.8% 1.9%
15 Petal $50,955 13.1% 8.2%
16 Long Beach $50,051 11.6% 9.6%
17 Batesville $47,382 20.8% 7.0%
18 Horn Lake $45,817 12.4% 10.5%
19 Tupelo $41,979 21.1% 7.8%
20 Pearl $41,326 14.1% 9.0%
21 Gautier $45,934 18.3% 10.4%
22 Senatobia $40,843 15.9% 9.0%
23 Bay St. Louis $41,078 21.8% 8.4%
24 Biloxi $39,374 18.6% 9.8%
25 Canton $37,591 25.2% 8.0%
26 Ripley $33,759 22.5% 8.7%
27 Picayune $32,969 20.8% 10.3%
28 Forest $37,961 22.2% 11.4%
29 Pascagoula $38,574 23.2% 10.8%
30 McComb $29,798 21.9% 10.0%
31 Gulfport $36,658 23.2% 11.7%
32 Philadelphia $32,730 22.3% 11.3%
33 Grenada $29,286 22.3% 10.0%
34 Amory $35,940 21.8% 14.8%
35 New Albany $37,571 26.2% 12.0%
36 Moss Point $37,006 21.1% 16.7%
37 Cleveland $34,138 23.5% 13.5%
38 Jackson $33,080 26.7% 12.6%
39 Oxford $31,230 44.4% 8.9%
40 Corinth $30,944 27.6% 12.4%
41 Brookhaven $29,233 31.8% 10.0%
42 Waveland $33,909 23.4% 18.3%
43 Vicksburg $27,991 28.8% 11.1%
44 Laurel $28,002 28.3% 11.5%
45 Meridian $29,531 28.9% 12.8%
46 Starkville $31,357 37.6% 12.1%
47 Booneville $29,637 27.6% 16.4%
48 Natchez $26,853 30.4% 11.1%
49 Holly Springs $27,591 23.4% 16.4%
50 Kosciusko $28,125 29.1% 15.9%
51 Columbus $29,335 31.1% 17.6%
52 Greenville $30,096 33.2% 22.9%
53 Hattiesburg $27,827 36.8% 14.3%
54 Indianola $27,181 28.9% 19.4%
55 Clarksdale $27,742 34.4% 16.6%
56 Columbia $21,606 35.6% 13.1%
57 West Point $26,784 29.0% 20.0%
58 Greenwood $26,126 35.7% 16.7%
59 Louisville $26,061 39.8% 23.0%
60 Aberdeen $22,875 42.3% 21.9%
61 Yazoo City $18,566 45.5% 31.0%

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