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The Best Places to Live in Mississippi in 2019

The Magnolia state is known for its love of football, catfish, and affordable housing. If you’re planning a move to Mississippi but haven’t narrowed down the best location for you yet, don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are the best places to live in Mississippi.
The Best Places to Live in Mississippi in 2019

Mississippi is known for its southern charm and beautiful natural landscapes. Whether you're looking for a quiet home on the Mississippi delta or a converted loft in downtown Jackson, there's a home for you in Mississippi.

But narrowing down your options won't be easy. Talking with a local real estate agent will give you inside knowledge about different towns so you can find the best place for you and your lifestyle.

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If you're planning a move to Mississippi and want to know where the best places to live are, you're in luck. We've done the research and these are the five best places to live in the Mississippi.


The city of Madison is located in central Mississippi and has a population of approximately 25,676 residents. According to Niche, Madison has A-rated public schools, affordable housing, and an extremely low crime rate.

With a median home value of $284,500 (based on August 2019 Zillow data) and a median household income of $103,121, Madison is one of the most affordable places to live in the U.S., but move quickly - the available real estate inventory is low, and competition between buyers is stiff.

Residents love Madison for its clean and safe streets, plus its many dining and shopping options. If you're thinking about making Madison your new home, you could be making a great investment, as the median home has increased by 9.9% in the past year alone.


Jackson is the capital of Mississippi and the most populous city. Located on the Pearl River Jackson boasts a variety of nightlife and great diversity. Jackson is especially popular with young professionals who want to work in the city and has extremely affordable real estate.

The median home value in Jackson is $88,700, and the median household income has grown by 7.43% in the past year alone.

Like several other cities and towns in Mississippi, Jackson's most lucrative employment areas are mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction. With a strong local economy, employment in Jackson grew by 0.726% in the past year and looks to grow even more due to an investment of $1.6 billion in downtown development.

Ocean Springs

Oceans Springs is a town located on the southern coast of Mississippi and has a thriving arts scene. Ocean Springs features a historical and tree-lined downtown area and is home to niche art galleries and independent shops.

Severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina, Ocean Springs has recovered significantly and is once again a thriving and eclectic community. The median home value in Ocean Springs is $158,600, and it is a hot seller's market. The good news for homeowners is that the median home value is predicted to rise another 2.6% this year.


Named after the famous British University Oxford, MS also has its own university - the University of Mississippi. Located just 100 miles south-west of Tennessee, Oxford is in the north-central hills region of Mississippi and is heavily forested.

"The Square" is the cultural and geographical focal point of the city and features plenty of locally-owned restaurants, specialty boutiques, and bars for residents to enjoy.

The median home value in Oxford is $210,800 The median age of residents in Oxford is 26, likely representing the college student population. In a similar vein, the largest employment industry in Oxford is Educational Services.

Long Beach

Long Beach is a beautiful coastal town located in Harrison County along the gulf coast and has highly rated public schools and a fun bar scene. Popular with families, Long Beach has the lowest teacher-student ratio in the state at 12:1.

The median home value in Long Beach is $143,800 and the median household income is a very reasonable $52,446.

If you enjoy boating, you'll love Long Beach's beautiful harbor, which has over 200 boat slips and can accommodate vessels up to 65 ft in length. There is also a monthly event held from April through to October for residents called "Long Beach Live," a concert series that gives a stage to local musical talent.

If you've been inspired to make the move to Mississippi, reach out and one of our Clever Partner Agents can advise on your chosen real estate market, and expertly negotiate the sale of your new home.


Kristen Klempert
Kristen Klempert

Kristen Klempert is a Marketing Analyst at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects home buyers and sellers with top agents to save money on commission. Kristen creates and edits content with the goal of empowering home buyers and sellers to make educated decisions about real estate while saving money. She’s a native Floridian and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

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