The Murder Capitals Of Mississippi For 2023

The cities with the most murder in Mississippi are Jackson and Brookhaven for 2023.

Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Mississippi?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Mississippi.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Magnolia State for 2023:

  1. Jackson
  2. Brookhaven
  3. Meridian
  4. Louisville
  5. Gulfport
  6. Natchez
  7. Cleveland
  8. Hattiesburg
  9. Starkville
  10. Laurel

What city has the highest murder rate in Mississippi? The city with the highest murder rate in Mississippi is Louisville with 68.2 murders per 100,000 people.

What is the city in Mississippi with highest number of murders? The city in Mississippi with the highest number of murders is Jackson with 72 murders.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town in Mississippi ranked. There were ‘only’ 28 cities in Mississippi where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 15 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Magnolia State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Mississippi For 2023

Jackson, MS

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Population: 163,297
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 72 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 44.1 (3rd Most)
More on Jackson:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Brookhaven, MS

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Population: 11,798
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 7 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 59.3 (2nd Most)
More on Brookhaven:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Meridian, MS

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Population: 36,878
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 13 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 35.3 (5th Most)
More on Meridian:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Louisville, MS

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Population: 5,861
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 4 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 68.2 (Most)
More on Louisville:  Data | Cost Of Living

Gulfport, MS

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Population: 71,803
Rank Last Year: 5
Murders: 15 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 20.9 (11th Most)
More on Gulfport:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Natchez, MS

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Population: 14,497
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 5 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 34.5 (6th Most)
More on Natchez:  Data | Cost Of Living

Cleveland, MS

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Population: 10,710
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 4 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 37.3 (4th Most)
More on Cleveland:  Data | Cost Of Living

Hattiesburg, MS

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Population: 45,809
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 9 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 19.6 (12th Most)
More on Hattiesburg:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Starkville, MS

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Population: 25,711
Rank Last Year: 12
Murders: 5 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 19.4 (13th Most)
More on Starkville:  Data | Cost Of Living

Laurel, MS

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Population: 18,165
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 4 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.0 (10th Most)
More on Laurel:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Methodology: How we calculated the murder capitals of Mississippi

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in Mississippi for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 28 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city.

This article is an opinion based on facts. It is our tenth time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in Mississippi and is updated for 2023.

Summary: The Places With The Most Murders In Mississippi For 2023

If you’re looking at the places in Mississippi with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Mississippi For 2023

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Jackson, MS 72 44.09
2 Brookhaven, MS 7 59.33
3 Meridian, MS 13 35.25
4 Louisville, MS 4 68.25
5 Gulfport, MS 15 20.89
6 Natchez, MS 5 34.49
7 Cleveland, MS 4 37.35
8 Hattiesburg, MS 9 19.65
9 Starkville, MS 5 19.45
10 Laurel, MS 4 22.02
11 Kosciusko, MS 2 30.56
12 Biloxi, MS 5 10.8
13 Amory, MS 2 30.03
14 Batesville, MS 2 28.23
15 Laurel,, MS 3 16.38
16 Pascagoula, MS 3 13.97
17 Olive Branch, MS 4 9.92
18 Corinth, MS 2 13.87
19 Ridgeland, MS 2 8.37
20 Oxford, MS 2 6.81
21 Richland, MS 1 13.69
22 Holly Springs, MS 1 13.03
23 Southaven, MS 2 3.48
24 Bay St. Louis, MS 1 6.58
25 Long Beach, MS 1 6.15
26 Vicksburg, MS 1 4.74
27 Clinton, MS 1 4.21
28 Horn Lake, MS 1 3.65
About Chris Kolmar

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4 thoughts on “The Murder Capitals Of Mississippi For 2023

  1. Natchez, MS? With a population of 15,000 residents and 12 murders in 2018, it is leading the nation statistically at 79 murders per 100,000 residents. Murder capitol of Mississippi, The South and the United States of America.

    1. Just curious as to how these numbers are calculated and what cities are looked at. As mentioned, Natchez, MS had 12 murders in 2018 with a population at around 14,000. Port Gibson had 11 murders by May in 2016 with a population of around 5,000…

  2. That picture of gautier is inaccurate. Why not leave something like this to someone from Mississippi? I live in the #7 murder town, Ocean Springs. It’s basically Fallujah.

  3. How is is Hatteisburg not on here at all?? I’ve lost count of the murders since the end of Dec. 2019 til now. Can you see how many there has been?

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