Worst Small Towns In Mississippi For 2020


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Mississippi.

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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 115 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:

These are the worst small towns in Mississippi for 2020:

  1. Conehatta
  2. Rosedale
  3. Tchula
  4. Lambert
  5. Jone
  6. Friars Point
  7. Walnut
  8. Durant (Photos)
  9. Moorhead (Photos)
  10. Itta Bena (Photos)

So what is the worst small town to call home in mississippi for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Conehatta 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.

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.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Mississippi For 2020

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3
/10

Population: 1,208
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $52,900 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.9% (30th worst)
More on Conehatta:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,648
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $70,000 (37th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 29.1% (6th worst)
More on Rosedale:  Data

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2
/10

Population: 1,884
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $51,900 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.7% (9th worst)
More on Tchula:  Data

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2
/10

Population: 1,282
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $42,800 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 45.2% (1st worst)
More on Lambert:  Data

Source: Public Domain
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2
/10

Population: 1,124
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $45,300 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 42.6% (2nd worst)
More on Jone:  Data

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2
/10

Population: 1,209
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $61,100 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 33.4% (3rd worst)
More on Friars Point:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,195
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $65,700 (26th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.9% (16th worst)
More on Walnut:  Data

Durant, MS

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,908
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $55,000 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.7% (12th worst)
More on Durant:  Data | Photos

Moorhead, MS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,792
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $57,300 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 33.0% (4th worst)
More on Moorhead:  Data | Photos

Itta Bena, MS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,556
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $63,400 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.9% (20th worst)
More on Itta Bena:  Data | Photos

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 2020

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 2014-2018 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 - 115 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:

  1. Tunica (Pop. 1,138)
  2. New Hope (Pop. 3,759)
  3. Saltillo (Pop. 4,991)

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Mississippi

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Conehatta 1,208 15.9% $52,900
2 Rosedale 1,648 29.1% $70,000
3 Tchula 1,884 23.7% $51,900
4 Lambert 1,282 45.2% $42,800
5 Jone 1,124 42.6% $45,300
6 Friars Point 1,209 33.4% $61,100
7 Walnut 1,195 20.9% $65,700
8 Durant 2,908 22.7% $55,000
9 Moorhead 1,792 33.0% $57,300
10 Itta Bena 1,556 19.9% $63,400
11 Fayette 1,333 12.4% $67,600
12 Blue Mountain 1,132 13.6% $66,500
13 Shaw 1,733 13.7% $59,800
14 Goodman 1,224 13.0% $60,700
15 Waynesboro 4,910 18.0% $86,400
16 Sunflower 1,158 20.3% $61,700
17 Rolling Fork 2,306 20.6% $64,500
18 Pearl River 4,205 9.3% $69,500
19 Verona 3,105 11.5% $69,600
20 Macon 2,948 11.7% $59,900
21 Lumberton 1,839 17.1% $85,000
22 Drew 2,074 20.4% $59,300
23 Morton 3,648 10.0% $74,300
24 Brooksville 1,063 23.2% $63,400
25 Summit 2,185 12.0% $101,500
26 Centreville 1,616 11.1% $79,000
27 Como 1,280 21.0% $130,300
28 Magnolia 2,119 10.8% $80,200
29 Houston 3,497 9.6% $60,600
30 Derma 1,045 3.3% $54,700
31 Hollandale 2,293 15.1% $63,400
32 Lexington 2,018 13.4% $62,900
33 Baldwyn 2,998 17.1% $97,800
34 Bruce 1,751 13.0% $54,600
35 Mound Bayou 1,728 13.5% $83,800
36 Gloster 1,085 7.7% $61,300
37 Shelby 2,102 9.0% $67,300
38 Collins 2,889 15.9% $82,800
39 Nicholson 2,473 7.5% $71,800
40 Mount Olive 1,041 15.5% $66,600
41 Tyle 1,791 16.3% $94,700
42 Prentiss 1,223 24.4% $93,700
43 Carthage 4,862 16.0% $115,100
44 Okolona 2,591 4.8% $65,900
45 Vardaman 1,320 5.4% $56,700
46 Hazlehurst 3,877 15.8% $83,500
47 Marks 1,741 22.1% $65,700
48 Morgantown 1,655 5.9% $78,400
49 Tutwiler 4,398 27.9% $58,300
50 Eupora 2,317 13.7% $76,900
51 Duck Hill 1,133 5.1% $74,600
52 Calhoun City 1,866 10.1% $70,600
53 Shannon 1,862 11.6% $86,500
54 Raleigh 1,409 5.8% $91,000
55 Robinhood 1,438 17.9% $72,800
56 Port Gibson 1,699 7.6% $74,800
57 Byhalia 1,537 7.3% $119,300
58 Leland 4,058 15.0% $70,100
59 Ecru 1,237 8.2% $95,000
60 Mendenhall 2,835 10.6% $94,700
61 Coldwater 1,646 5.8% $75,300
62 Quitman 2,001 10.3% $94,000
63 Winona 4,367 8.3% $92,100
64 Ruleville 2,719 17.9% $88,100
65 Nettleton 2,103 3.9% $86,400
66 Crystal Springs 4,892 15.6% $88,600
67 Decatur 1,917 8.4% $102,000
68 Helena 1,233 2.9% $111,600
69 Magee 4,301 10.8% $89,200
70 Ellisville 4,815 9.1% $105,200
71 Iuka 2,978 7.3% $94,000
72 Belzoni 2,009 4.1% $68,800
73 Lucedale 3,059 9.2% $81,300
74 Charleston 2,086 1.5% $67,700
75 Saucier 1,191 22.6% $151,500
76 Newton 3,251 11.6% $72,000
77 Walls 1,347 14.2% $128,500
78 Escatawpa 2,811 23.0% $87,700
79 Union 2,126 6.8% $82,300
80 Bay Springs 1,511 5.6% $78,600
81 Wiggins 4,552 10.0% $124,800
82 Ackerman 1,534 9.5% $98,800
83 Sardis 2,245 7.9% $73,200
84 Pelahatchie 1,433 4.8% $86,300
85 Raymond 2,409 13.3% $117,200
86 Mantachie 1,387 3.5% $89,800
87 Purvis 2,493 9.5% $103,700
88 Arnold Line 2,501 17.5% $109,400
89 De Kalb 1,278 3.3% $67,300
90 Flora 1,800 13.3% $140,300
91 Monticello 1,393 2.9% $96,100
92 Taylorsville 1,998 6.2% $122,300
93 Coffeeville 1,108 0.2% $71,300
94 Lyman 2,405 13.7% $172,100
95 Woodville 1,205 5.3% $87,700
96 Marion 1,522 4.7% $166,000
97 Poplarville 2,960 5.7% $123,600
98 Fulton 4,024 1.5% $103,000
99 Wesson 2,166 7.4% $147,800
100 Kiln 2,112 5.5% $145,600

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