These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Mississippi

We used science and data to determine which of Mississippi’s cities are dumb as rocks.

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Mississippi might be known as the Hospitality State, but that doesn’t mean they’re big on brains.

In fact, a recent study by The Washington Post found that Mississippi is the third dumbest state in America, right between Alabama and Nevada.,

A big factor in why Mississippi scored so poorly in their study is the atrocious rate of college graduates, which is the second lowest in the US.

Well, you can’t go to college if you haven’t finished high school, so the cities on this list are a major reason why Mississippi rates as a pretty dumb state.

After crunching the numbers, we came up with this list of the ten dumbest cities in the Magnolia State:

  1. Forest (Photos)
  2. Aberdeen (Photos)
  3. Laurel (Photos)
  4. Columbia (Photos)
  5. Greenwood (Photos)
  6. Mccomb (Photos)
  7. Kosciusko (Photos)
  8. Greenville (Photos)
  9. Columbus (Photos)
  10. Yazoo City (Photos)

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How we determined the dumbest cities in the Magnolia State

We realize that formal education isn’t everything when it comes to being smart, but on the other hand not knowing the difference between they’re, their, and there is always going to make you look pretty stupid.

So we narrowed down our criteria to focus both on a city’s educational opportunities and what percentage of the population takes advantage of those opportunities.

In short, we came up with these criteria to determine the dumbest cities in Mississippi:

  • % of city’s population with less than a high school education (Age 25+)
  • % of high school dropouts (Ages 16-19)

Note: We only looked at cities with populations greater than 5,000, leaving us 61 cities in Mississippi to rank. We also looked at the graduation rates of the entire population, not the current rates for high schoolers.


1. Forest

Dumbest Mississippi

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,719
Adults Without High School Diploma: 31.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 14.4%

Located in central Mississippi, Forest takes the crown as the dumbest city in Mississippi, with the highest rate of uneducated adults anywhere in the state and the third highest rate of teenage high school dropouts.

About 1 in 3 adults living in Forest never finished high school, which is what really contributes the most to Forest’s dumb-score.

The teenage high school dropout rate is also nearly three times higher than other Mississippi cities with populations above 5,000, with 14.4% of high school students opting out of basic education.

2. Aberdeen

Dumbest Mississippi

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Population: 5,492
Adults Without High School Diploma: 30.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 13.7%

Although Aberdeen is the smallest city on this list, it used to be the second most populous city in Mississippi; now it’s just the second dumbest.

30.3% of Aberdeen residents over the age of 25 don’t have a GED, the second highest rate in the second dumbest state in America.

On top of that, the teenage high school dropout rate is 13.7%, the fourth worst rate in Mississippi, making Aberdeen a dumb city overall.

3. Laurel

Dumbest Mississippi

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Population: 18,720
Adults Without High School Diploma: 28.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 20.3%

To be fair, Laurel is the home to Mississippi’s oldest art museum, so it isn’t like it’s an anti-intellectual city; it’s just a seriously under-educated one.

Laurel has the second highest rate of teenage high school dropouts in the state, with more than 2 in 10 students deciding that basic education isn’t super important.

That might have something to do with the fact that the older generation in Laurel didn’t find education all that necessary either, with 28.4% of Laurel’s adult population lacking a GED.

4. Columbia

Dumbest Mississippi

Population: 6,446
Adults Without High School Diploma: 29.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 12.4%

Located in southern Mississippi, Columbia is the fourth dumbest city in Mississippi overall, with ungood scores in both categories (as someone in Columbia might say).

Nearly 3 in 10 adults you meet in Columbia never finished high school, which is a full 12% higher than the state average for cities with populations over 5,000.

Add to that a high school dropout rate more than twice as high as the state average, and you’ve got yourself a dimwitted city.

5. Greenwood

Dumbest Mississippi

Population: 15,873
Adults Without High School Diploma: 24.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 9.0%

Greenwood’s population has been steadily declining since the 80’s and, based on the city’s position on this list, it seems that it’s all the smart folks who left.

Roughly a quarter of Greenwood’s adult population lacks a GED and the teenage high school dropout rate is 9%, so both generations contribute to Greenwood’s dumbness.

6. McComb

Dumbest Mississippi

Population: 12,771
Adults Without High School Diploma: 26.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 7.0%

Located 80 miles south of Jackson, McComb is the birthplace of Britney Spears, so the city’s position as the sixth dumbest place in Mississippi makes sense.

McComb has the seventh highest rate of GED-less adults in the state, with more than 1 in 4 adult residents lacking a high school education.

The teenage dropout rate is only 1.6% higher than the average for Mississippi cities with populations over 5,000, but that isn’t really cause for celebration in this dumb city.

7. Kosciusko

Dumbest Mississippi

Population: 7,302
Adults Without High School Diploma: 23.9%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 8.1%

Located in central Mississippi, Kosciusko is the seventh dumbest city overall in Mississippi.

Though the city doesn’t rank in the top ten for either category, a cumulatively bad score lands it on this list.

23.9% of Kosciusko residents over the age of 25 don’t have a high school diploma, and 8 of every 100 teenagers drops out of high school each year, so neither generation brings a whole lot to the table intellectually.

8. Greenville

Dumbest Mississippi

Population: 33,518
Adults Without High School Diploma: 22.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 9.4%

The largest city on this list, Greenville is nicknamed the Heart & Soul of the Delta, but that doesn’t mean the city has a lot of brains.

In fact, it’s the eighth dumbest city in Mississippi, with 5% more adults lacking a high school degree than the state average.

The teenage high school dropout rate is also the eleventh worst in the state and 4% higher than the state average, with roughly 19 of every 200 high school students dropping out each year.

9. Columbus

Dumbest Mississippi

Population: 23,483
Adults Without High School Diploma: 20.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 11.9%

Columbus ranks as the ninth dumbest city in Mississippi mostly because of its horrific teenage high school dropout rate, the eighth worst in the state.

More than twice as many teenagers drop out of high school in Columbus as in the rest of Mississippi, with nearly 12% of high schoolers deciding the basic education isn’t all that important.

On top of that, more than 1 in 5 adults living in Columbus don’t have a high school degree, making the city pretty dumb overall.

10. Yazoo City

Dumbest Mississippi

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,462
Adults Without High School Diploma: 24.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 6.1%

Yazoo City ranks as the tenth dumbest city overall in Mississippi, with below average scores in both categories.

Nearly a quarter of Yazoo City’s residents over the age of 25 never completed high school, which is what really contributes to the city’s position on this list.

The teenage high school dropout rate is only slightly worse than the state average, but it’s still enough to make Yazoo City rank as one of the dumbest cities in Mississippi.

Putting a dunce cap on our analysis

If you’re measuring the locations in Mississippi where there are a high number of teenage dropouts and adults who never received a formal education, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, the smartest cities in Mississippi are, in order: Diamondhead, Madison, Oxford, Ocean Springs, and Starkville. These cities are spread out all over the state, so there’s no correlation between geography and intelligence in Mississippi.

Other notable cities: Mississippi’s capital, Jackson, ranks as the 15th dumbest city in the state overall, with 16.4% of adults lacking a GED and a teenage high school dropout rate of 7.5%.

Tupelo ranks just a smidge dumber than Jackson, coming in as the 14th dumbest city in Mississippi, with a much higher dropout rate (12.4%) than Jackson, but a more educated adult population than the capital.

Gulfport ranks as the 21st dumbest city in the state, with an above average educated adult population and a below average teenage high school dropout rate.

Detailed List Of Dumbest Cities In Mississippi

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Forest 1 5,719 31.3% 14.4%
Aberdeen 2 5,492 30.3% 13.7%
Laurel 3 18,720 28.4% 20.3%
Columbia 4 6,446 29.0% 12.4%
Greenwood 5 15,873 24.8% 9.0%
McComb 6 12,771 26.0% 7.0%
Kosciusko 7 7,302 23.9% 8.1%
Greenville 8 33,518 22.0% 9.4%
Columbus 9 23,483 20.4% 11.9%
Yazoo City 10 11,462 24.5% 6.1%
West Point 11 11,200 22.9% 5.3%
Batesville 12 7,436 12.8% 20.6%
Vicksburg 13 23,559 16.4% 10.5%
Tupelo 14 35,345 13.1% 12.4%
Jackson 15 173,631 16.5% 7.5%
Canton 16 13,321 29.9% 0.2%
Indianola 17 10,426 23.6% 2.8%
Grenada 18 12,951 25.0% 2.2%
Amory 19 7,197 22.7% 2.7%
Clarksdale 20 17,497 20.7% 4.2%
Gulfport 21 69,913 15.9% 7.3%
Meridian 22 40,809 16.1% 6.1%
Pearl 23 26,105 11.2% 12.6%
Corinth 24 14,797 20.8% 3.9%
Holly Springs 25 7,585 26.6% 0.6%
Moss Point 26 13,690 15.3% 7.4%
Richland 27 7,012 12.1% 10.1%
Booneville 28 8,775 25.1% 0.7%
Louisville 29 6,498 25.9% 0.0%
Brookhaven 30 12,499 14.8% 6.1%
Hattiesburg 31 46,629 16.6% 4.5%
Philadelphia 32 7,446 21.1% 2.4%
Horn Lake 33 26,486 15.3% 5.4%
Biloxi 34 44,527 14.1% 5.6%
Pascagoula 35 22,239 16.0% 4.6%
Pontotoc 36 5,754 21.6% 1.6%
Waveland 37 6,463 17.3% 3.2%
Ripley 38 5,349 22.5% 0.0%
Byram 39 11,609 7.3% 8.3%
Cleveland 40 12,318 14.8% 4.2%
Ridgeland 41 24,209 5.2% 9.1%
Picayune 42 10,838 17.0% 2.4%
Hernando 43 14,723 11.4% 5.3%
Senatobia 44 8,063 19.9% 0.9%
Natchez 45 15,563 17.9% 1.0%
Petal 46 10,675 11.4% 4.3%
New Albany 47 8,291 19.8% 0.0%
Flowood 48 8,218 7.2% 5.6%
Brandon 49 22,616 7.1% 5.4%
Gautier 50 18,581 10.3% 3.8%
Southaven 51 50,389 11.2% 2.4%
Long Beach 52 15,224 11.0% 2.5%
D’Iberville 53 10,161 15.5% 0.0%
Clinton 54 25,486 7.3% 3.0%
Bay St. Louis 55 10,313 12.3% 0.0%
Olive Branch 56 34,543 8.0% 1.2%
Starkville 57 24,457 11.7% 0.0%
Ocean Springs 58 17,446 7.7% 1.6%
Oxford 59 20,200 7.4% 0.9%
Madison 60 24,871 2.0% 1.8%
Diamondhead 61 8,275 3.0% 0.5%