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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 134 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:
So what is the worst small town to call home in Mississippi for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Rosedale is the worst small town to live in Mississippi.
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.
The 10 Worst Small Towns In Mississippi For 2022
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $86,900 (67th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.5% (18th worst)
More on Rosedale: Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $49,900 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 0.0% (13worst)
More on Conehatta: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $48,000 (worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.0% (13th worst)
More on Lambert: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $54,200 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.0% (12th worst)
More on Hillsboro: Data
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 21)
Median Home Value: $62,000 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.1% (19th worst)
More on Magnolia: Data
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $61,400 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (3worst)
More on Goodman: Data
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $71,200 (38th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (55th worst)
More on Pearl River: Data
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 determined the worst small towns to live in Mississippi for 2022
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 134 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.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
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:
- Columbus AFB (Pop. 1,689)
- Hide-A-Way Lake (Pop. 2,217)
- Florence (Pop. 4,446)
For more Mississippi reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Mississippi