These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Mississippi For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in MS are the pits.

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Most Americans have never been to Mississippi. However, as the people who live there know, Mississippi is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Mississippi has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Magnolia State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 138 of Mississippi’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Mississippi where you’d never want to live:

  1. Bogue Chitto
  2. Darling
  3. Crosby
  4. Arcola
  5. Cruger
  6. Benoit
  7. Duncan
  8. Farrell
  9. Falcon
  10. Maben

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Mississippi has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Mississippi or the worst places to live in Mississippi.

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How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Mississippi, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 138 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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1. Bogue Chitto


Population: 682
Median Income: $26,359
Median Home Value: $55,000

2. Darling


Population: 284
Median Income: $25,682
Median Home Value: $44,600

3. Crosby


Population: 408
Median Income: $20,313
Median Home Value: $71,000

4. Arcola


Population: 357
Median Income: $15,662
Median Home Value: $41,700

5. Cruger


Population: 376
Median Income: $17,604
Median Home Value: $35,500

6. Benoit


Population: 460
Median Income: $22,813
Median Home Value: $41,700

7. Duncan


Population: 385
Median Income: $28,854
Median Home Value: $47,500

8. Farrell


Population: 376
Median Income: $15,804
Median Home Value: $28,700

9. Falcon


Population: 142
Median Income: $35,625
Median Home Value: $42,100

10. Maben


Population: 737
Median Income: $17,188
Median Home Value: $47,900

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Mississippi

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Magnolia State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Mississippi, according to science.

  1. Best: Lyon
  2. 2nd Best: Henderson Point
  3. 3rd Best: New Hamilton

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Mississippi
  • These Are The 10 Safest Places In Mississippi
  • These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Mississippi
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Mississippi

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Bogue Chitto 1 682 $55,000
    Darling 2 284 $44,600
    Crosby 3 408 $71,000
    Arcola 4 357 $41,700
    Cruger 5 376 $35,500
    Benoit 6 460 $41,700
    Duncan 7 385 $47,500
    Farrell 8 376 $28,700
    Falcon 9 142 $42,100
    Maben 10 737 $47,900
    Coahoma 11 352 $50,300
    Sidon 12 507 $50,000
    Gunnison 13 403 $40,000
    Artesia 14 367 $55,000
    Bude 15 794 $59,100
    Lula 16 287 $48,100
    Morgan City 17 284 $44,100
    Toccopola 18 201 $58,100
    Anguilla 19 517 $37,900
    Toomsuba 20 942 $32,400
    Schlater 21 284 $62,300
    Scooba 22 977 $60,700
    Shuqualak 23 426 $56,900
    Glendora 24 152 $34,100
    Vaiden 25 755 $30,100
    Tutwiler 26 720 $49,700
    Silver City 27 372 $57,400
    Winstonville 28 224 $70,000
    West 29 221 $75,000
    State Line 30 817 $48,800
    Derma 31 898 $56,900
    Walnut Grove 32 749 $78,300
    Tremont 33 532 $73,200
    Polkville 34 784 $63,600
    Mclain 35 440 $38,200
    Beaumont 36 964 $57,100
    Mize 37 221 $58,600
    Golden 38 193 $75,000
    Tucker 39 536 $53,500
    Crenshaw 40 791 $52,100
    Gattman 41 103 $47,100
    Foxworth 42 279 $32,600
    Crowder 43 756 $37,500
    Sledge 44 501 $40,700
    Brooksville 45 937 $73,900
    Crawford 46 499 $70,300
    Weir 47 592 $73,300
    Courtland 48 672 $55,600
    Sallis 49 144 $62,100
    Enterprise 50 586 $98,900
    Hickory Flat 51 673 $72,700
    Big Creek 52 307 $59,200
    Ethel 53 554 $62,700
    Oakland 54 792 $65,800
    Georg 55 275 $60,000
    Bentonia 56 454 $68,600
    Duck Hill 57 899 $69,800
    Beulah 58 331 $26,300
    New Houlka 59 803 $61,900
    Pickens 60 800 $51,900
    Shubuta 61 335 $56,000
    Algoma 62 780 $100,400
    Webb 63 389 $63,100
    Standing Pine 64 510 $269,100
    Noxapater 65 390 $69,600
    Smithville 66 673 $73,400
    D’Lo 67 511 $76,900
    Roxie 68 580 $48,800
    Holcomb 69 474 $97,900
    Utica 70 825 $65,800
    Boyle 71 991 $96,700
    Hickory 72 589 $54,300
    Pace 73 165 $41,000
    New Augusta 74 799 $73,500
    Pachuta 75 256 $76,700
    Silver Creek 76 185 $70,000
    Soso 77 489 $85,000
    Blue Springs 78 255 $85,000
    Beauregard 79 381 $76,300
    Tishomingo 80 456 $58,500
    Walthall 81 110 $85,000
    Lake 82 532 $74,300
    Merigold 83 440 $83,100
    Osyka 84 420 $109,000
    Redwater 85 664 $87,000
    Mathiston 86 681 $65,200
    Kilmichael 87 734 $75,300
    Sturgis 88 481 $101,700
    Renova 89 788 $105,600
    Potts Camp 90 661 $73,300
    Bolton 91 456 $81,300
    White Oak 92 593 $72,700
    Inverness 93 970 $88,500
    Pope 94 215 $74,700
    Edwards 95 902 $75,400
    Heidelberg 96 815 $73,200
    Bassfield 97 316 $93,800
    Rienzi 98 283 $62,900
    Jumpe 99 615 $86,700
    Sherman 100 739 $104,500

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