The Murder Capitals Of Mississippi For 2021

These are the places in Mississippi where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in Mississippi and is updated for 2021.

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 2021:

  1. Meridian (Photos)
  2. Brookhaven (Photos)
  3. Gulfport (Photos)
  4. Pascagoula (Photos)
  5. Kosciusko (Photos)
  6. Olive Branch (Photos)
  7. Gautier (Photos)
  8. Southaven (Photos)
  9. Horn Lake (Photos)
  10. Byram

The city with highest murder rate in Mississippi? That would be Brookhaven with 49.8 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Meridian with 14.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 15 cities in Mississippi where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 8 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Magnolia State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Mississippi For 2021

Meridian, MS

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Population: 36,878
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 14 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 38.0 (3rd Most)
More on Meridian:  Data | Photos

Brookhaven, MS

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Population: 12,037
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 6 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 49.8 (Most)
More on Brookhaven:  Data | Photos

Gulfport, MS

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Population: 72,383
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 12 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.6 (6th Most)
More on Gulfport:  Data | Photos

Pascagoula, MS

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Population: 21,610
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 4 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.5 (4th Most)
More on Pascagoula:  Data | Photos

Kosciusko, MS

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Population: 6,774
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 3 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 44.3 (2nd Most)
More on Kosciusko:  Data | Photos

Olive Branch, MS

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Population: 38,761
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 4 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.3 (10th Most)
More on Olive Branch:  Data | Photos

Gautier, MS

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Population: 18,563
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 3 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.2 (7th Most)
More on Gautier:  Data | Photos

Southaven, MS

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Population: 55,718
Rank Last Year: 16
Murders: 5 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 9.0 (12th Most)
More on Southaven:  Data | Photos

Horn Lake, MS

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Population: 27,256
Rank Last Year: 20
Murders: 3 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 11.0 (8th Most)
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Population: 11,672
Rank Last Year: 17
Murders: 2 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 17.1 (5th Most)
More on Byram:  Data

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 15 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. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It - The Places With The Most Murders In Mississippi For 2021

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 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Meridian, MS 14 37.96
2 Brookhaven, MS 6 49.85
3 Gulfport, MS 12 16.58
4 Pascagoula, MS 4 18.51
5 Kosciusko, MS 3 44.29
6 Olive Branch, MS 4 10.32
7 Gautier, MS 3 16.16
8 Southaven, MS 5 8.97
9 Horn Lake, MS 3 11.01
10 Byram, MS 2 17.14
11 Laurel, MS 2 10.83
12 Biloxi, MS 3 6.5
13 West Point, MS 1 9.59
14 Hattiesburg, MS 2 4.35
15 Ridgeland, MS 1 4.14

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