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Crime Statistics for Mississippi


Safest Cities in Mississippi

Overall Crime Rating:

C+ (37.70% higher than national average)


High Risk Crimes:

  • Murder (122% higher than the national average)
  • Burglary (84% higher than the national average)
  • Violent Crime (43% higher than the national average)
  • Property Crime (24% higher than the national average)


  • Investing in a security camera system effectively protects your home and family from criminals. Research consistently shows that these devices deter crime, with a reduction of 65% or more. Additionally, having surveillance cameras provides valuable evidence of criminal activity occurring. Surveillance camera systems are a proven cost-effective method to prevent, record, and decrease the overall rate of crime and will provide both you and your family with a much-needed peace of mind.


    View individual city crime ratings below:



    Cities with Highest Crime Rate:

  • Meridian
  • Pascagoula
  • Gulfport
  • Biloxi
  • Olive Branch

  • Cities with Lowest Crime Rate:

  • Madison
  • Petal
  • Brandon
  • Ocean Springs
  • DIberville

  • Jackson Crime Rating:

    B+ (36.36% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Larceny Theft


    Jackson, Mississippi is the capital and most populous city in the state. It is also one of two county seats of Hinds County. According to the 2020 census, the city had a population of 153,701, down from 173,514 in 2010. Jackson experienced the largest population decline among major cities in the United States during this time. It serves as the anchor for the Jackson metropolitan statistical area, the largest metropolitan area within the state and the 10th largest urban area in the Deep South. The metropolitan area has an estimated population of 600,000, representing over one-fifth of Mississippi's total population. Jackson is situated on the Pearl River in the greater Jackson Prairie region of Mississippi. It is the only city in the state with a population exceeding 100,000. Founded in 1821, Jackson was established as the new state capital and named after General Andrew Jackson, who played a significant role in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 and later served as U.S. president. The city was burned down during the American Civil War following the nearby Battle of Vicksburg in 1863. In the 1920s, Jackson became the most populous city in the state due to a natural gas boom. It is now known as "The City with Soul" and has a rich musical history in blues, gospel, folk, and jazz. Jackson is strategically located between Memphis and New Orleans on Interstate 55 and Dallas and Atlanta on Interstate 20, earning it the nickname "crossroads of the south". The city boasts several museums and cultural institutions, including the Mississippi Children's Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art, Old Capital Museum, and Museum of Mississippi History. Additionally, it is home to the Mississippi Coliseum and the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, where the Jackson State Tigers Football Team plays. The Jackson metropolitan statistical area is the second largest in the state, primarily due to its inclusion of four counties in northern Mississippi that are part of the Memphis, Tennessee metropolitan area. In 2020, the Jackson metropolitan area's GDP was 30 billion dollars, accounting for 29% of the state's total GDP of 104.1 billion dollars.


    Gulfport Crime Rating:

    C- (104.71% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder


    Gulfport is the second-largest city in Mississippi, after Jackson. It is located in Harrison County and is one of the principal cities in the Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area. According to the 2020 census, Gulfport has a population of 72,926, with a total of 416,259 residents in its metro area. The city is situated on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and gets its name from its port on the Mississippi Sound. Additionally, Gulfport is known for being home to the U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Seabees.


    Southaven Crime Rating:

    B- (14.77% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder


    Southaven is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. It is a principal city in Greater Memphis. The 2020 census reported a population of 54,648,[4] making it the third-largest city in Mississippi and the second-most populous suburb of Memphis.[5] Southaven is traversed north to south by the I-55/I-69 freeway. The city's name derives from the fact that Southaven is located south of Whitehaven, a neighborhood in Memphis.


    Hattiesburg Crime Rating:

    B- (24.13% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Larceny Theft


    Hattiesburg is the fifth-largest city in Mississippi. It is located in Forrest County and extends into Lamar County. The city had a population of 45,989 in 2010 and now has a population of 48,730 in 2020. Hattiesburg is the main city in the Hattiesburg Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Covington, Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties. The city is in the Pine Belt region. Mississippi's interior developed after the Civil War. Before that, only properties along major rivers were developed as plantations. Hattiesburg was founded in 1882 by civil engineer William H. Hardy and named after his wife Hattie. It was incorporated two years later with a population of 400. The city initially grew as a center for the lumber and railroad industries, earning the nickname "The Hub City". Today, Hattiesburg attracts newcomers due to its diverse economy, strong neighborhoods, and central location in South Mississippi. Hattiesburg is home to the University of Southern Mississippi, originally founded as Mississippi Normal College for teacher training. It is also home to William Carey University, formerly known as William Carey College. South of Hattiesburg is Camp Shelby, the largest US National Guard training base east of the Mississippi River. The base hosts up to 100,000 National Guardsmen and Reservists annually.


    Biloxi Crime Rating:

    C (82.04% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Burglary


    Biloxi is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, located on the Gulf Coast. It is situated thirteen miles east of Gulfport along US-90. Biloxi and the adjacent cities serve as seats of Harrison County. According to the 2020 census, the population of Biloxi was 49,449, making it the fourth-largest city in the state. Biloxi is considered a principal city in the Gulfport–Biloxi metropolitan area, which had a population of 416,259 residents in 2020. The first European settlers in the area were French colonists. Biloxi's beachfront lies directly on the Mississippi Sound, with barrier islands scattered along the coast and into the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, Keesler Air Force Base is located within the city and serves as the home of the 81st Training Wing and the 403d Wing of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.


    Meridian Crime Rating:

    F (276.62% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder


    Meridian is the eighth largest city in Mississippi with a population of 41,148 in 2010 and an estimated population of 36,347 in 2018. It is the county seat of Lauderdale County and the principal city of the Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located 93 miles east of Jackson, Mississippi, 154 miles southwest of Birmingham, Alabama, 202 miles northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana, and 231 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee. Meridian was established in 1860 at the junction of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and Southern Railway of Mississippi. It developed into a strategic trading center, relying on the railways for its economy. During the American Civil War, the city was heavily damaged in the Battle of Meridian. However, it was rebuilt and entered a "Golden Age" becoming the largest city in Mississippi from 1890 to 1930. It was a prominent manufacturing center in the South, with numerous trains arriving and departing daily. Union Station, constructed in 1906, now serves as a multi-modal center for Amtrak and Greyhound Buses. Although the economy slowed with the decline of the railroad industry, Meridian has diversified. In 2010, healthcare, military, and manufacturing were the major employers in the city. The population within the city limits is 38,232, but the economy is supported by a larger population within a 45-mile and 65-mile radius. The city is home to two military facilities, Naval Air Station Meridian and Key Field, employing over 4,000 people. NAS Meridian houses the Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy and the first local Department of Homeland Security in Mississippi. Key Field is named after Fred and Al Key, who set a world endurance flight record in 1935. Rush Foundation Hospital, with 2,610 employees, is the largest non-military employer in the region. Meridian has a vibrant arts scene, with organizations such as the Riley Center, the Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian Little Theatre, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. The city was also home to two Carnegie libraries, one for whites and one for African Americans. The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (the MAX) is located in downtown Meridian, showcasing the state's artistic and cultural heritage. Notable figures from Meridian include Jimmie Rodgers, the "Father of Country Music." There is a museum in Highland Park dedicated to his life and career, along with a National Historic Landmark, the Highland Park Dentzel Carousel, which is the only two-row stationary Dentzel menagerie in the world.


    Olive Branch Crime Rating:

    C+ (42.73% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder


    Olive Branch is a city in Mississippi, specifically located in DeSoto County. According to the 2020 census, the population is 39,711. Olive Branch is included in the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses three counties in southwest Tennessee, five counties in northwest Mississippi, and two counties in eastern Arkansas. In terms of growth, Olive Branch holds the title for the fastest growing city in the United States. Its growth rate was an impressive 838% between 1980 and 2010. This remarkable growth can be attributed to the migration of numerous families from central Memphis, among other rapidly expanding areas in DeSoto County.


    Greenville Crime Rating:

    F (679.45% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder


    Greenville is the ninth-largest city in Mississippi. It serves as the county seat of Washington County. According to the 2010 census, the population was 34,400. This city is situated in the Mississippi Delta, an area renowned for its rich history of cotton plantations and cultural significance.


    Horn Lake Crime Rating:

    B- (18.80% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder


    Horn Lake is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. It is situated 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) south of Memphis, Tennessee. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Horn Lake was 26,066, which was an increase from 14,099 in 2000.


    Pearl Crime Rating:

    B+ (36.36% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Larceny Theft


    Pearl is a city in Mississippi. It is located in Rankin County on the east side of the Pearl River. The city is across from the state capital, Jackson. According to the 2020 census, the population of Pearl was 27,115. Pearl is included in the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the 13th largest city in Mississippi and the largest city in Rankin County.


    Madison Crime Rating:

    A+ (89.88% lower than national average)


    Madison is a city in Mississippi, specifically in Madison County. It is located 13 miles north of the state capital, Jackson. According to the 2020 census, the population of Madison was 27,747. This city is included in the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.


    Starkville Crime Rating:

    C+ (38.11% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Burglary

    Starkville is a city in Mississippi, United States, and serves as the county seat of Oktibbeha County. It is also home to Mississippi State University, a land-grant institution. While part of the university is located in Starkville, the main campus is in the adjacent unincorporated area known as Mississippi State. As of 2019, the population of Starkville was 25,653, making it the most populous city in the Golden Triangle region of Mississippi. The entire Oktibbeha County is included in the Starkville micropolitan statistical area. In recent years, the growth and development of Mississippi State University have transformed Starkville into a prominent American college town. The presence of college students and faculty has created a vibrant community that hosts various annual art and entertainment events. Some of these events include the Cotton District Arts Festival, Super Bulldog Weekend, and Bulldog Bash. Notably, the Cotton District is recognized as North America's oldest new urbanist community. Situated between Downtown Starkville and the Mississippi State University campus, it serves as an active student quarter and entertainment district.


    Clinton Crime Rating:

    C+ (51.50% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder


    Clinton is a city located in Hinds County, Mississippi, within the Jackson metropolitan area. With a population of 28,100, it ranks as the tenth largest city in Mississippi based on the 2020 United States census.


    Columbus Crime Rating:

    C+ (38.11% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder


    Columbus is a city in Mississippi, USA. It is located on the eastern border of the state, primarily east of the Tombigbee River. The city is part of the larger Columbus-West Point Combined Statistical Area and is also known as the principal city of the Columbus Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 25,944 in 2000 and 23,640 in 2010, with an estimated population of 23,573 in 2019. Columbus is situated approximately 146 miles northeast of Jackson, 92 miles north of Meridian, 63 miles south of Tupelo, 60 miles northwest of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and 120 miles west of Birmingham, Alabama. It is considered a part of the area in Mississippi called The Golden Triangle, which includes Columbus, West Point, and Starkville, located in Lowndes, Clay, and Oktibbeha counties.


    Ridgeland Crime Rating:

    B (29.18% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Robbery


    Ridgeland is a city located in Madison County, Mississippi, within the United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of Ridgeland was recorded to be 24,340 individuals. This city is considered a part of the larger Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area.


    Brandon Crime Rating:

    A (74.82% lower than national average)


    Brandon is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi. It became a county seat on December 19, 1831. According to the 2020 census, its population is 25,138. Brandon is considered a suburb of Jackson and is situated east of the state capital. It is also part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.


    Oxford Crime Rating:

    B (18.66% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Larceny Theft


    Oxford is a city located in Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. It is situated 75 miles southeast of Memphis. The city is known for being a college town, with the University of Mississippi, also known as "Ole Miss," adjacent to it. Oxford was founded in 1837 and named after the city of Oxford in England. The pioneers who settled in the area purchased the land from the Chickasaw tribe. In 1841, the Mississippi State Legislature chose Oxford as the location for the state's first university, Ole Miss. The city is notable for being the hometown of Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner, who drew inspiration from Oxford for his fictional Jefferson in Yoknapatawpha County. Additionally, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, a former US Supreme Court Justice and Secretary of the Interior, resided in Oxford and is buried there. As of the 2020 US Census, the population of Oxford was recorded as 25,416.


    Vicksburg Crime Rating:

    B- (24.58% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Aggravated Assault


    Vicksburg is a historic city in Warren County, Mississippi, United States. It is the county seat and had a population of 21,573 in 2020. Vicksburg was established by French colonists in 1719 on a high bluff along the Mississippi River. It successfully defended against an attack from the Natchez people. In 1825, it was officially incorporated as Vicksburg in honor of Methodist missionary Newitt Vick. During the American Civil War, Vicksburg played a crucial role as a Confederate river-port. Its surrender to Ulysses S. Grant in July 1863, along with the Battle of Gettysburg, was a turning point in the war. Today, Vicksburg is home to three significant installations of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. These installations have been instrumental in local flood control efforts.


    Pascagoula Crime Rating:

    C- (136.50% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder


    Pascagoula is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, in the United States. It is the main city in the Pascagoula metropolitan area and is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi–Pascagoula Combined Statistical Area and the Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area. The population was 22,392 at the 2010 census, which decreased from 26,200 at the 2000 census. As of 2019, the population was 21,699. Pascagoula serves as the county seat of Jackson County. The city has access to three airports: Mobile Regional Airport in Alabama, which is located 34 miles (55 km) to the northeast; Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, which is about 40 miles (64 km) west of Pascagoula; and Trent Lott International Airport, which is 9 miles (14 km) to the north in Jackson County. Currently, the mayor of Pascagoula is Jay Willis.




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