10 Most Dangerous Cities In Mississippi


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Magnolia State for 2019.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Mississippi and is updated for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Mississippi?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Mississippi — and anyone looking to move to Mississippi — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Mississippi for 2019:

  1. McComb (Photos)
  2. Greenwood (Photos)
  3. Vicksburg (Photos)
  4. Jackson (Photos)
  5. Biloxi (Photos)
  6. Pascagoula (Photos)
  7. Laurel (Photos)
  8. Gulfport (Photos)
  9. Holly Springs (Photos)
  10. Meridian (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Mississippi? After analyzing 30 cities in Mississippi, McComb takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Mississippi based on the most recent FBI data.

For a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Mississippi.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Mississippi

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Mississippi For 2019

Mccomb, MS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,812
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 819 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,501 (3rd most dangerous)
More on McComb:  Data | Photos

Located in the southwestern part of Mississippi, McComb is the third most violent city in the state, and it’s only been getting worse.

Violent crime rose by 15% between 2015-17, with residents facing a 1 in 161 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

McComb’s property crime statistics also remained relatively high during this period.

Greenwood, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,146
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 593 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,867 (6th most dangerous)
More on Greenwood:  Data | Photos

Greenwood is located on the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta, a region known as the Most Southern Place on Earth.

Greenwood itself has seen a 12% drop in violent crime between 2015-17, but also a 10% hike in property crime, meaning there was very little net gain for the city during this period.

Review Of Greenwood by HomeSnacks User

I lived in Greenwood from ’61-’81 and have spent time going back for family and friends. I can remember when G’wood was a thriving town, bustling with business and wholesome activities in the 60s and 70s. No more. White flight along with an agenda of appeasement for the downtrodden coupled with white guilt absolutely destroyed the area. It isn’t even a shadow of it’s former self. Crime is rampant and areas to stay away from have become larger. Greenwood took pride in keeping higher paying jobs out of the City/County for many decades. Planters and Businesses were probably responsible for most of this. The “powers that be” would Never allow common citizens to “rise” financially or socially as I saw it. The ending will probably be along the lines of Greenwood becoming another Tchula or Mound Bayou with the Hospital, Private Prisons, City and County Government being the main employers. For any of you there still holding on, may I offer………..Get OUT while you can.

You can easily cover things to see in a day and then spend an hour at the Crystal Grill for an excellent meal. I can not in good conscience recommend a Motel there aside from the Alluvian and it will cost you….big time for a nice room.

But you’ll be safe and please don’t venture out too far after dark. And lock your vehicle. You’re Welcome.

Vicksburg, MS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 22,772
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 526 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,981 (5th most dangerous)
More on Vicksburg:  Data | Photos

Located on the Louisiana border, east of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg is the 3rd most dangerous city in Mississippi.

The good news is that violent crime dropped between 2015-17.

For perspective, Vicksburg’s 2011 crime statistics would have ranked the city 4th in violent crime, and 2nd in property crime.

Review Of Vicksburg by HomeSnacks User

As a one-time resident of Vicksburg, it was a quaint, quiet town rich in culture…and crime was present, yet I just feel you missed again.

Jackson, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 168,397
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 708 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,423 (11th most dangerous)
More on Jackson:  Data | Photos

Unfortunately, Mississippi’s capital and largest city, Jackson, finishes 4th on the list of most dangerous cities in the state.

And from recent trends, Jackson has shown no indication of giving up its spot as the most violent city in Mississippi; its violent crime numbers remained high from 2015-17.

That left Jackson residents with a 1 in 141 chance of being the victim of violence each year. but hey, at least property crime only ranks 11th worst in the Magnolia State.

Review Of Jackson by HomeSnacks User

horrible streets and roads, crime, businesses leaving the city or states, going out of business, losing airlines, low business environment, bad schools and less good doctors.

The horrible streets and roads the bad; which aren’t being repaired due to lack of funds in the budget.

Biloxi, MS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 46,263
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 384 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,404 (4th most dangerous)
More on Biloxi:  Data | Photos

Biloxi is safer than the city above it, but it’s still the 5th most dangerous city in Mississippi.

There’s a 1 in 4th chance of being the victim of theft or arson — pretty darn high — and those numbers have remained consistently high in recent years.

Review Of Biloxi by HomeSnacks User

Crime rates are horrible and there is always a shooting, stabbing or etc that happens almost daily. The schools are usually crammed pack and the teachers do not watch for our kids when it comes to bullies. Kids have taken their own lives due to this nonsense.

Things I enjoyed were activities: Casinos, restaurants, pool halls, kids learning centers. But the traffic and people in the area are horrible and rude.

Pascagoula, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,928
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 328 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,612 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Pascagoula:  Data | Photos

Located in the southeastern corner of the state, Pascagoula is the 6th most dangerous city in Mississippi.

Its high ranking has a lot to do with a 76% hike in violent crime between 2015-17, which, to be fair, still left Pascagoula with less violent crime than Jackson.

In any case, property crime statistics have remained relatively high, with residents facing a 1 in 15.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson every year.

Review Of Pascagoula by HomeSnacks User

I used to live in Pascagoula, didn’t know that much bad stuff happened in there..

Laurel, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,790
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 447 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,869 (9th most dangerous)
More on Laurel:  Data | Photos

Laurel ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in Mississippi.

That’s due to it ranking 9th in violent crimes and 9th in property crimes. Residents had about a 1 in 20.5 chance of being a victim of a property crime.

Gulfport, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 72,792
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 410 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,030 (8th most dangerous)
More on Gulfport:  Data | Photos

Gulfport placed 8th on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 19.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Holly Springs, MS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,682
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,301 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,371 (18th most dangerous)
More on Holly Springs:  Data | Photos

Holly Springs is the smallest city to make this list.

And this city in Mississippi has been making great strides to get off this list altogether — the violent crime rate fell between 2015-17.

That’s means residents have a 1 in 76 chance of being a victim of violence in 2017.

Meridian, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 38,778
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 500 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,873 (14th most dangerous)
More on Meridian:  Data | Photos

Meridian, located in the central-eastern part of the state about 90 miles east of Jackson, is the 10th most dangerous and 7th most violent city in Mississippi.

Violent crime has remained high from 2015-17, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Mississippi for 2019?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 30 cities in Mississippi.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 30 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Mississippi — McComb.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Mississippi.

Locking It All Up In Mississippi

The latest FBI crime data shows that McComb ranks as the most dangerous city in Mississippi for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in McComb and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Mississippi:

  1. Brandon (Pop. 24,125)
  2. Madison (Pop. 26,339)
  3. Petal (Pop. 10,743)

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Mississippi?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 McComb 12,812 819 6,501
2 Greenwood 14,146 593 5,867
3 Vicksburg 22,772 526 5,981
4 Jackson 168,397 708 4,423
5 Biloxi 46,263 384 6,404
6 Pascagoula 21,928 328 6,612
7 Laurel 18,790 447 4,869
8 Gulfport 72,792 410 5,030
9 Holly Springs 7,682 1,301 3,371
10 Meridian 38,778 500 3,873

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3 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Mississippi

  1. After studying these statistics, and knowing both McComb and Jackson, I will still take my chances in McComb rather than Jackson. I dread the thought of even driving through Jackson on either I-55 or I-20. I get through that city as quickly as possible. I loved for 8 years in Jackson from 1972-1980. It was dangerous enough back then, but nothing compared to today.

  2. Apparently the people who wrote this article don’t know the difference between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Given that, I doubt the reliability of anything they publish.

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