These Are The 10 Poorest Cities In Mississippi For 2018


We used science and data to determine which places in Mississippi are basically dead broke.

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Mississippi brings to mind images of Jackson, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best people you’ll find in the good ole US of A.

However, like all states, Mississippi has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.

With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sites on bringing attention to the places in Mississippi that could use a helping hand.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 62 places in Mississippi with more than 5,000 people.

We were left with this set of the ten poorest places in the Magnolia State for 2018:

  1. Yazoo City (Photos)
  2. Louisville (Photos)
  3. Greenville (Photos)
  4. Indianola (Photos)
  5. Clarksdale (Photos)
  6. West Point (Photos)
  7. Columbia (Photos)
  8. Kosciusko (Photos)
  9. Hattiesburg (Photos)
  10. Greenwood (Photos)

Again, this isn’t a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it’s just a look at the facts.

And according to the facts, Yazoo City is the poorest place in Mississippi for 2018.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the richest places in Mississippi or the most dangerous.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

How We Determined The Poorest Places In Mississippi For 2018

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the poorest places is to simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of a certain size.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the ‘poorest places’. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Unemployment Rate

The ‘median household income adjusted for the cost of living’ attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they’d still feel poor.

The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.

After we collected the data for all 62 places with more than 5,000 people in Mississippi, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the poorest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a ‘Poor Score’ with the place having the lowest overall Poor Score, Yazoo City, crowned the ‘Poorest Place In Mississippi For 2018’.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 62 places.

1. Yazoo City

Yazoo City, Mississippi

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Population: 11,336
Median Income: $20,038
Unemployment Rate: 24.4%
Poverty Rate: 48.0%
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Yazoo City, unfortunately, ranks as the poorest place in Mississippi thanks to combination of low pay and and a lack of jobs.

The city of 11,336 people averages the 1st lowest median household income in Mississippi and the 1st highest poverty rate. At the very least, the cost of living ranks in the bottom 15% of place in the state, so things like housing are relatively affordable.

2. Louisville

Louisville, Mississippi

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Population: 6,373
Median Income: $26,368
Unemployment Rate: 17.2%
Poverty Rate: 43.3%
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The second poorest city in Mississippi is Louisville.

The city ranks as having the 2nd highest incidence of poverty and 3rd lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate ‘only’ ranks as the 5th highest in the Magnolia State.

3. Greenville

Greenville, Mississippi

Population: 32,612
Median Income: $27,344
Unemployment Rate: 20.8%
Poverty Rate: 36.0%
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Placing as the third poorest city, Greenville’s median income ranks as the 7th lowest.

And that’s a sign that there’s a relatively substantial jump in the quality of the economy from second to third place on our list. The poverty rate is 36.0% and ranks near the bottom of places in the state.

But what makes up for the relatively low incomes of the city is its low cost of living. The income you do make here goes further than in most parts of the Magnolia State.

4. Indianola

Indianola, Mississippi

Population: 10,047
Median Income: $26,479
Unemployment Rate: 17.6%
Poverty Rate: 31.8%
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Indianola ranks as the fourth poorest place in Mississippi.

The town ranks as having the 4th lowest median household income and the 15th highest incidence of poverty in the state.

That being said, there’s still a ton of cultural diversity in the city as it hosts many events throughout the year.

5. Clarksdale

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Population: 16,994
Median Income: $29,175
Unemployment Rate: 19.8%
Poverty Rate: 35.0%
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The fifth poorest city in Mississippi is Clarksdale.

The city ranks as having the 11th lowest median income in the state. However, an extremely low cost of living prevents a good number of folks from living in poverty as the poverty rate only ranks as the 10th highest in Mississippi.

Still not the best news for Clarksdale.

6. West Point

West Point, Mississippi

Population: 11,042
Median Income: $27,258
Unemployment Rate: 15.5%
Poverty Rate: 31.9%
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West Point ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Magnolia State.

It ranks as having the 14th highest incidence of poverty and the 7th highest unemployment rate.

7. Columbia

Columbia, Mississippi

Population: 6,292
Median Income: $24,974
Unemployment Rate: 10.4%
Poverty Rate: 43.1%
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Columbia places as the seventh poorest city in Mississippi.

The city of over 6,292 ranks as having the 3rd highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

User comment that mentions Columbia: I once lived in Columbia Ms, it was a real real crap hole, full of drugs and non educated folks some good and some bad. So I can see how it ranked #4. Like I said some good people I knew there, I miss a few of them. I’m glad I moved back home to Louisiana.

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8. Kosciusko

Kosciusko, Mississippi

Population: 7,208
Median Income: $28,284
Unemployment Rate: 13.0%
Poverty Rate: 32.6%
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Kosciusko ranks as the eighth poorest city in Mississippi.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 11th highest in the state.

User comment that mentions Kosciusko: I loved Ocean Springs. I live in Kosciusko and it is a sinkhole to Hell.

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9. Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Population: 46,846
Median Income: $30,748
Unemployment Rate: 14.2%
Poverty Rate: 36.8%
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Hattiesburg couldn’t stay out of the top ten poorest places in Mississippi; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 19th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Hattiesburg ranks as having the 7th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Mississippi.

User comment that mentions Hattiesburg: No, it’s Forest-with one r’. There is a Forrest County, but that is where Hattiesburg is located. Different place. I’ve lived in Mississippi all my life, and I know Forest from Forrest County. The author has it right.’

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10. Greenwood

Greenwood, Mississippi

Population: 14,780
Median Income: $27,251
Unemployment Rate: 9.8%
Poverty Rate: 38.6%
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And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in Mississippi is Greenwood.

The city of 14,780 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Magnolia State.

User comment that mentions Greenwood: I agree. Unfortunately thats just how bad the delta is. Its so bad that their notierity isn’t even considered in a top worst list. I live in Greenwood, MS and life is a living hell here. The only thing we don’t have is a high crime rate but there’s nothing worth taking. And I’m far from poor only due to still kiving with my mom I’m jobless because no one wants to hire, There’s no formal demand for anything so I can’t even take a driver’s ed course. Among other things it’s complete shit

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There You Have It – The Poorest Places In Mississippi For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest 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 bottom of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the richest cities in Mississippi, according to data:

Richest: Madison
2nd Richest: Brandon
3rd Richest: Hernando

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  • Detailed List Of The Poorest Cities In Mississippi

    Rank City Poverty Rate
    1 Yazoo City 48.0%
    2 Louisville 43.3%
    3 Greenville 36.0%
    4 Indianola 31.8%
    5 Clarksdale 35.0%
    6 West Point 31.9%
    7 Columbia 43.1%
    8 Kosciusko 32.6%
    9 Hattiesburg 36.8%
    10 Greenwood 38.6%
    11 Natchez 32.0%
    12 Laurel 31.3%
    13 Vicksburg 35.8%
    14 Booneville 28.1%
    15 Mccomb 39.0%
    16 Holly Springs 28.7%
    17 Aberdeen 30.6%
    18 Jackson 30.7%
    19 Meridian 31.5%
    20 Columbus 27.2%
    21 Ripley 27.6%
    22 Brookhaven 31.0%
    23 Cleveland 28.5%
    24 Starkville 33.1%
    25 Picayune 24.0%
    26 Moss Point 22.2%
    27 Grenada 26.0%
    28 Oxford 37.3%
    29 Philadelphia 27.5%
    30 Gulfport 25.5%
    31 Forest 27.9%
    32 Corinth 23.8%
    33 Waveland 21.7%
    34 Amory 25.1%
    35 Pascagoula 24.6%
    36 Biloxi 25.4%
    37 Pass Christian 18.7%
    38 Bay St. Louis 20.2%
    39 Canton 25.0%
    40 Senatobia 17.3%
    41 New Albany 18.2%
    42 Horn Lake 14.8%
    43 Tupelo 21.7%
    44 Pearl 14.5%
    45 Gautier 15.0%
    46 Long Beach 12.9%
    47 Batesville 20.8%
    48 Pontotoc 18.3%
    49 Richland 12.5%
    50 Petal 9.8%
    51 D’Iberville 12.1%
    52 Ocean Springs 8.7%
    53 Southaven 12.4%
    54 Byram 8.2%
    55 Ridgeland 10.3%
    56 Diamondhead 7.4%
    57 Clinton 14.3%
    58 Flowood 11.0%
    59 Olive Branch 8.1%
    60 Hernando 6.8%
    61 Brandon 5.4%
    62 Madison 3.1%

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    One thought on “These Are The 10 Poorest Cities In Mississippi For 2018

    1. University? That’s Ole Miss bro… not a city…. also not poor… not even close…just because it has its own zip doesn’t make it a city.

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