These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Mississippi


We used science and data to determine which places in Mississippi are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Mississippi?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Mississippi – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Mississippi cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Magnolia State:

  1. Durant
  2. Macon
  3. Yazoo City (Photos)
  4. Shelby
  5. Carthage
  6. Lumberton
  7. Moorhead
  8. Waveland (Photos)
  9. Louisville (Photos)
  10. Lexington

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, New Hope is the happiest place in Mississippi.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Mississippi

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Mississippi, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Mississippi with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 91 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Mississippi’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Durant

Durant, Mississippi

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,598
People Who Own Their Home: 42.57%
Married Adults: 24.3%

2. Macon

Macon, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,687
People Who Own Their Home: 43.13%
Married Adults: 15.7%

3. Yazoo City

Yazoo City, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,462
People Who Own Their Home: 36.79%
Married Adults: 25.41%

4. Shelby

Shelby, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,224
People Who Own Their Home: 43.74%
Married Adults: 17.66%

5. Carthage

Carthage, Mississippi

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,995
People Who Own Their Home: 48.63%
Married Adults: 29.47%

6. Lumberton

Lumberton, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,148
People Who Own Their Home: 38.58%
Married Adults: 33.87%

7. Moorhead

Moorhead, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,206
People Who Own Their Home: 47.64%
Married Adults: 23.74%

8. Waveland

Waveland, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,463
People Who Own Their Home: 43.38%
Married Adults: 34.32%

9. Louisville

Louisville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,498
People Who Own Their Home: 49.48%
Married Adults: 32.17%

10. Lexington

Lexington, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,113
People Who Own Their Home: 55.63%
Married Adults: 30.19%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Mississippi

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Durant 1 42.57%
Macon 2 43.13%
Yazoo City 3 36.79%
Shelby 4 43.74%
Carthage 5 48.63%
Lumberton 6 38.58%
Moorhead 7 47.64%
Waveland 8 43.38%
Louisville 9 49.48%
Lexington 10 55.63%
Columbus 11 42.31%
Greenwood 12 40.46%
Leland 13 47.85%
Columbia 14 48.02%
Greenville 15 44.95%
Hattiesburg 16 31.46%
Summit 17 52.84%
Clarksdale 18 42.97%
Holly Springs 19 51.63%
Jackson 20 43.38%
Gulfport 21 42.93%
Aberdeen 22 55.36%
Vicksburg 23 45.03%
Brookhaven 24 47.17%
Picayune 25 50.34%
Oxford 26 25.09%
Verona 27 36.91%
Waynesboro 28 55.07%
Crystal Springs 29 58.22%
Indianola 30 55.0%
Meridian 31 43.26%
Starkville 32 34.59%
Ellisville 33 45.39%
Pascagoula 34 42.62%
Kosciusko 35 46.52%
Morton 36 60.02%
Moss Point 37 53.82%
Laurel 38 47.11%
Forest 39 43.62%
West Point 40 50.33%
Canton 41 49.02%
Pearl River 42 63.95%
Natchez 43 45.55%
Biloxi 44 38.33%
Decatur 45 48.61%
Corinth 46 47.79%
New Albany 47 49.91%
Gautier 48 56.87%
West Hattiesburg 49 45.86%
Philadelphia 50 55.4%
Union 51 53.75%
Cleveland 52 50.86%
Booneville 53 54.09%
Winona 54 52.51%
Horn Lake 55 57.75%
Belmont 56 47.07%
Fulton 57 50.19%
Houston 58 56.63%
Senatobia 59 51.31%
Newton 60 53.1%
Amory 61 60.19%
Lyman 62 84.57%
D’Iberville 63 41.62%
Ripley 64 51.49%
Grenada 65 50.87%
Flowood 66 45.41%
Pontotoc 67 48.81%
Latimer 68 73.33%
Pearl 69 57.25%
Long Beach 70 54.58%
Gulf Hills 71 60.76%
Byram 72 72.2%
Farmington 73 65.93%
Tupelo 74 53.57%
Petal 75 62.94%
Southaven 76 63.77%
Ridgeland 77 41.15%
Olive Branch 78 72.81%
Richland 79 57.11%
Batesville 80 59.34%
Ocean Springs 81 60.03%
Gulf Park Estates 82 64.06%
Clinton 83 65.25%
Vancleave 84 77.65%
Hernando 85 79.25%
Florence 86 61.43%
Diamondhead 87 71.04%
Brandon 88 75.21%
Lynchburg 89 87.35%
Madison 90 87.92%
New Hope 91 81.67%

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