But just how dangerous? Well, you’re in luck, RoadSnacks knows the answer to that question. Yes, we’ve taken the guessing out of the equation and created a list of the most dangerous places in Mississipi for 2020. You know, the kind of places where your southern charm will get you nowhere.
How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 26 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 6,000 residents. We discovered that Mississippi is slightly above the national average in terms of property crime and comparable to the national average for violent crime. And, shockingly, the city with the most assaults and murders in the state has less than 16,000 residents.
What’s even crazier is that Mississippi had 285 violent crimes and 2,733 property crimes and managed to stay out of the top ten most dangerous states in the country for 2020. Not to mention, not one of The Magnolia State’s cities made the top ten most dangerous cities in the country for 2020. But, folks, this doesn’t mean that Mississippi’s most dangerous places couldn’t use better employment opportunities, higher wages, and strong rehabilitation programs to combat their growing crime rates.
So, want to know the places in Mississippi that could use a hug? Keep reading.
Yes, there are about 262 police officers per 100,000 residents in Minnesota, but they just can’t be everywhere. So, smaller Mississippi cities like McComb and Greenwood are starting to suffer the consequences. And these are not even Mississippi’s most dangerous places.
The place that is the most dangerous in Mississippi? The most dangerous place in Mississippi would be Jackson based on FBI data.
To see how your city faired, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.
Learn more about the safest places in Mississippi.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Mississippi
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Mississippi For 2020
Unfortunately, Mississippi’s capital and largest city, Jackson, finishes 1st 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 2017-2018.
That left Jackson residents with a 1 in 144 chance of being the victim of violence each year. but hey, at least property crime only ranks 7th worst in the Magnolia State.
Located in the southeastern corner of the state, Pascagoula is the 2nd most dangerous city in Mississippi.
Its high ranking has a lot to do with a 76% hike in violent crime between 2017-2018, 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 16.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson every year.
Located in Harrison County., Gulfport is the 3rd most dangerous city in Mississippi.
With residents facing a 1 in 187 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018, Gulfport it earns a spot on the most dangerous places in Mississippi.
Located on the Louisiana border, east of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg is the 4th most dangerous city in Mississippi.
The good news is that violent crime dropped between 2017-2018.
For perspective, Vicksburg’s 2017 crime statistics would have ranked the city 4th in violent crime, and 2nd in property crime.
Laurel ranks as the 5th most dangerous city in Mississippi.
Over 18,486 people jam pack Laurel which must contribute to its high level of property crime (8th highest overall). Violent crime is a bit less of an issue placing 3rd overall.
Biloxi coming in as the 6th most dangerous place in Mississippi might surprise some.
But this fact may explain the mind-bogglingly high 1 in 17.9 chance residents faced of being the victim of a property crime in 2018 and the 1 in 309 chance of being the victim of violence.
Meridian, located in the central-eastern part of the state about 90 miles east of Jackson, is the 7th most dangerous and 6th most violent city in Mississippi.
Violent crime has remained high from 2017-2018, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.
Brookhaven is the most populous city in Lincoln County.
Brookhaven experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2017-2018.
Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 35.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 15th highest rate in the state.
D’Iberville ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Mississippi according to 2018’s data.
While there’s still a 1 in 14.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime in D’Iberville, their crime statistics in both categories have been falling steadily over recent years.
Gautier is also the home to quite a bit of crime.
Despite the fact that violent crime and property crime dropped between 2017-2018, Gautier’s crime statistics are still pretty terrible.
In 2018, residents still faced a 1 in 298 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 573 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every year they spent in Gautier city limits.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Mississippi for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 6,000 in population. That left us with 26 cities in Mississippi.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 26 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 — Jackson.
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 Jackson ranks as the most dangerous city in Mississippi for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Jackson 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:
- Clinton (Pop. 25,137)
- Madison (Pop. 25,832)
- Petal (Pop. 10,656)
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