These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Mississippi For 2019


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 . This is our fourth 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 119 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 2019:

  1. Rosedale
  2. Friars Point
  3. Tchula
  4. Jone
  5. Goodman
  6. Moorhead (Photos)
  7. Walnut
  8. Shaw
  9. Durant (Photos)
  10. Drew

So what is the worst small town to call home in Mississippi for 2019? 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.

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.

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 – 119 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.

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Population: 1,663
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $72,200 (44th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 27.9% (8th worst)
More on Rosedale:  Data

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Population: 1,044
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $49,600 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 42.8% (1st worst)
More on Friars Point:  Data

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Population: 1,845
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $43,300 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.0% (15th worst)
More on Tchula:  Data

Source: Public Domain
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Population: 1,349
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $45,300 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 40.2% (2nd worst)
More on Jone:  Data

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Population: 1,289
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $46,800 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (48th worst)
More on Goodman:  Data

Moorhead, MS

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Population: 1,802
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $57,400 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 39.0% (3rd worst)
More on Moorhead:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,110
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $70,300 (40th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 27.5% (9th worst)
More on Walnut:  Data

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Population: 1,818
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $60,600 (25th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.4% (19th worst)
More on Shaw:  Data

Durant, MS

Source: Wikipedia
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Population: 2,846
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $53,100 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.2% (14th worst)
More on Durant:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,992
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $58,000 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 25.9% (12th worst)
More on Drew:  Data

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. Bridgetown (Pop. 2,183)
  2. Saltillo (Pop. 4,975)
  3. Florence (Pop. 4,341)

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Mississippi

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Rosedale 1,663 27.9% $72,200
2 Friars Point 1,044 42.8% $49,600
3 Tchula 1,845 23.0% $43,300
4 Jone 1,349 40.2% $45,300
5 Goodman 1,289 12.5% $46,800
6 Moorhead 1,802 39.0% $57,400
7 Walnut 1,110 27.5% $70,300
8 Shaw 1,818 21.4% $60,600
9 Durant 2,846 23.2% $53,100
10 Drew 1,992 25.9% $58,000
11 Itta Bena 1,828 25.7% $59,300
12 Macon 2,595 16.1% $57,400
13 Metcalfe 1,000 30.4% $64,500
14 Rolling Fork 2,266 15.4% $49,600
15 Shelby 2,144 11.5% $63,700
16 Waynesboro 4,924 17.8% $81,300
17 Hollandale 2,502 17.0% $58,800
18 Okolona 2,603 9.4% $59,600
19 Sunflower 1,115 22.8% $59,000
20 Centreville 1,521 8.4% $69,600
21 Nicholson 2,829 11.6% $60,700
22 Lumberton 2,096 20.0% $72,300
23 Como 1,480 18.6% $109,100
24 Derma 1,036 3.3% $55,500
25 Verona 3,059 6.8% $67,000
26 Lexington 2,127 17.4% $58,300
27 Robinhood 1,396 18.7% $43,900
28 Blue Mountain 1,096 7.2% $65,600
29 Brooksville 1,091 26.2% $70,400
30 Pearl River 4,163 11.0% $72,200
31 Shannon 1,596 15.5% $84,400
32 Summit 2,404 15.2% $94,700
33 Mound Bayou 1,734 13.2% $84,000
34 Beaumont 1,034 29.2% $65,800
35 Prentiss 1,343 31.6% $104,000
36 Calhoun City 1,879 12.1% $74,000
37 Pearlington 1,374 10.6% $89,700
38 Ruleville 2,768 25.9% $74,800
39 Stonewall 1,014 14.7% $56,000
40 Morton 3,429 12.5% $77,900
41 Vardaman 1,363 6.5% $54,900
42 Port Gibson 1,743 9.7% $77,800
43 Ellisville 4,570 10.4% $83,600
44 Baldwyn 3,089 14.7% $99,300
45 Marks 1,637 22.7% $59,200
46 Morgantown 1,918 4.6% $80,600
47 Eupora 2,273 17.5% $75,800
48 Bruce 1,728 12.4% $60,500
49 Crenshaw 1,138 7.6% $47,400
50 Helena 1,133 11.1% $112,500
51 Belzoni 2,137 14.8% $66,200
52 Magnolia 2,001 8.6% $82,800
53 Crystal Springs 4,910 18.0% $89,500
54 Houston 3,505 5.5% $64,100
55 Gloster 1,039 7.6% $61,800
56 Woodville 1,015 4.3% $77,000
57 Coldwater 1,641 7.3% $72,500
58 Leland 4,150 14.9% $71,500
59 Elliott 1,314 0.0% $66,800
60 Byhalia 1,690 4.5% $109,100
61 Duck Hill 1,157 6.2% $72,400
62 Mendenhall 2,711 9.4% $89,300
63 Collins 2,873 11.7% $94,000
64 Raleigh 1,438 4.7% $82,900
65 Charleston 1,796 1.2% $66,000
66 Hazlehurst 3,895 17.9% $86,200
67 Nettleton 2,022 2.2% $85,500
68 Winona 4,478 6.4% $79,900
69 Iuka 2,964 12.0% $100,500
70 Sardis 1,978 14.4% $76,000
71 Tyle 1,786 9.3% $87,800
72 Bay Springs 1,766 7.3% $76,300
73 Glendale 1,836 12.0% $75,500
74 Carthage 4,877 10.1% $117,000
75 Tutwiler 1,062 31.6% $59,700
76 Escatawpa 3,241 22.8% $89,000
77 Newton 3,278 12.4% $72,700
78 Union 2,053 7.0% $76,300
79 Saucier 1,030 9.6% $162,700
80 Decatur 1,888 8.3% $105,800
81 Magee 4,343 15.1% $101,800
82 Pelahatchie 1,645 6.1% $79,800
83 Mantachie 1,421 8.3% $96,200
84 Flora 1,789 13.9% $134,200
85 Ecru 1,199 7.7% $98,200
86 Water Valley 3,340 5.7% $99,300
87 Wiggins 4,502 11.9% $117,700
88 Lucedale 3,007 7.0% $85,400
89 Ackerman 1,535 12.6% $105,200
90 Raymond 2,059 13.3% $118,800
91 De Kalb 1,219 3.1% $67,300
92 Monticello 1,422 4.7% $103,800
93 Coffeeville 1,068 0.4% $66,800
94 Purvis 2,577 7.7% $110,600
95 Kiln 2,021 10.1% $154,800
96 Fulton 4,010 3.6% $97,500
97 Quitman 1,811 9.5% $95,200
98 Walls 1,340 12.8% $127,000
99 Taylorsville 1,667 6.1% $105,300
100 Wesson 2,085 5.6% $142,900

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