Poorest Cities In Mississippi For 2020


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the poorest places in Mississippi.

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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.

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.

What's the poorst city in Mississippi? According to the facts, Yazoo City is the poorest place in Mississippi for 2020.

Rich people more 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.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the poorest states in America or the poorest cities in America.

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

The 10 Poorest Cities In Mississippi For 2020

Yazoo City, MS

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Population: 11,076
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $23,970 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 20.7% (1st highest)
Poverty Rate: 42.6% (2nd highest)
More on Yazoo City:  Data | Photos

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 11,076 people averages the 1st lowest median household income in Mississippi and the 2nd 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.

Kosciusko, MS

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Population: 6,959
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Income: $26,968 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.1% (8th highest)
Poverty Rate: 35.3% (6th highest)
More on Kosciusko:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in Mississippi is Kosciusko.

The city ranks as having the 6th highest incidence of poverty and 5th lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate 'only' ranks as the 8th highest in the Magnolia State.

Clarksdale, MS

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Population: 16,174
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $31,540 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 16.4% (2nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 34.5% (9th highest)
More on Clarksdale:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Clarksdale's median income ranks as the 11th 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 34.49880518173815% 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.

Greenville, MS

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Population: 31,319
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $29,501 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 14.5% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 35.1% (8th highest)
More on Greenville:  Data | Photos

Greenville ranks as the fourth poorest place in Mississippi.

The town ranks as having the 10th lowest median household income and the 8th 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.

Natchez, MS

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Population: 15,188
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $26,288 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (17th highest)
Poverty Rate: 35.9% (5th highest)
More on Natchez:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in Mississippi is Natchez.

The city ranks as having the 4th 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 5th highest in Mississippi.

Still not the best news for Natchez.

Indianola, MS

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Population: 9,624
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $29,076 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 16.4% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 29.3% (20th highest)
More on Indianola:  Data | Photos

Indianola ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Magnolia State.

It ranks as having the 20th highest incidence of poverty and the 3rd highest unemployment rate.

Louisville, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 6,298
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $32,131 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.3% (13th highest)
Poverty Rate: 34.2% (10th highest)
More on Louisville:  Data | Photos

Louisville places as the seventh poorest city in Mississippi.

The city of over 6,298 ranks as having the 10th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

Greenwood, MS

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5
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Population: 14,280
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $27,599 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (26th highest)
Poverty Rate: 37.7% (4th highest)
More on Greenwood:  Data | Photos

Greenwood ranks as the eighth poorest city in Mississippi.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 26th highest in the state.

Hattiesburg, MS

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Population: 46,251
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $33,792 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.0% (9th highest)
Poverty Rate: 32.5% (12th highest)
More on Hattiesburg:  Data | Photos

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 12th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Mississippi.

Holly Springs, MS

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 7,578
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Median Income: $27,630 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (20th highest)
Poverty Rate: 31.2% (14th highest)
More on Holly Springs:  Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in Mississippi is Holly Springs.

The city of 7,578 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Magnolia State.

How We Determined The Poorest Places In Mississippi for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 2020". You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Poorest Places In Mississippi For 2020

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 Places To Live In Mississippi

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Yazoo City 11,076 42.6%
2 Kosciusko 6,959 35.3%
3 Clarksdale 16,174 34.5%
4 Greenville 31,319 35.1%
5 Natchez 15,188 35.9%
6 Indianola 9,624 29.3%
7 Louisville 6,298 34.2%
8 Greenwood 14,280 37.7%
9 Hattiesburg 46,251 32.5%
10 Holly Springs 7,578 31.2%
11 Columbia 6,088 39.6%
12 Picayune 11,140 27.8%
13 Columbus 24,272 29.3%
14 West Point 10,794 28.3%
15 Forest 5,668 35.2%
16 Laurel 18,607 29.7%
17 Philadelphia 7,284 28.7%
18 Mccomb 12,723 47.1%
19 Starkville 25,122 32.2%
20 Grenada 12,633 30.5%
21 Meridian 38,602 28.7%
22 Vicksburg 22,706 30.4%
23 Jackson 168,862 26.9%
24 Brookhaven 12,226 27.7%
25 Corinth 14,647 20.7%
26 Gulfport 71,570 24.8%
27 Oxford 23,037 33.4%
28 Pass Christian 5,669 21.7%
29 Pascagoula 21,865 24.0%
30 Moss Point 13,487 23.1%
31 Booneville 8,767 29.7%
32 Cleveland 11,998 25.8%
33 Ripley 5,282 22.8%
34 Bay St. Louis 12,465 25.1%
35 Amory 6,983 21.9%
36 Waveland 6,358 19.6%
37 Biloxi 45,568 20.0%
38 Aberdeen 5,347 23.1%
39 Canton 12,330 27.5%
40 Horn Lake 26,925 16.2%
41 Senatobia 7,966 19.7%
42 Gautier 18,563 15.2%
43 D'iberville 13,531 17.1%
44 New Albany 8,714 13.4%
45 Tupelo 38,270 16.9%
46 Pearl 26,508 12.1%
47 Pontotoc 5,997 16.3%
48 Long Beach 15,529 15.0%
49 Ocean Springs 17,613 10.0%
50 Batesville 7,303 15.7%
51 Petal 10,669 9.6%
52 Richland 7,185 13.5%
53 Flowood 8,870 14.1%
54 Diamondhead 8,149 7.5%
55 Ridgeland 24,265 8.9%
56 Southaven 53,274 9.6%
57 Clinton 25,456 11.3%
58 Olive Branch 36,721 6.8%
59 Byram 11,657 4.7%
60 Hernando 15,807 6.7%
61 Brandon 23,688 3.8%
62 Madison 25,522 3.3%

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One thought on “Poorest Cities In Mississippi, 2020

  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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