At Protect America, we’ve put together a list of the 10 cities in Mississippi with the lowest burglary rates.

We call these cities “Burglary Safe Zones.” We’ve also made a list of the 10 cities in Mississippi with the highest burglary rates. We call these cities “Burglary Hot Spots.”

Our lists are based on data from the recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. We only counted cities that submitted burglary data.


2016 Mississippi Burglary Safe Zones

  1. Madison
    • Population 25,763, Burglaries 12
    • Town trivia: Madison was ranked as the second most livable city by AreaVibes.com and the highest income city in Mississippi.
  2. Petal
    • Population 10,790, Burglaries 20
    • Town trivia: In 2004, Sports Illustrated named Petal the “Sports Illustrated Sportstown for Mississippi.”
  3. Brandon
    • Population 23,424, Burglaries 57
    • Town trivia: Brandon serves as county seat for Rankin County.
  4. Carthage
    • Population 4,929, Burglaries 12
    • Town trivia: Carthage is home to the largest chicken processing plant in the world.
  5. Ridgeland
    • Population 24,257, Burglaries 60
    • Town trivia: Famous country musicians The Band Perry and Faith Hill were born in Ridgeland.
  6. Florence
    • Population 4,345, Burglaries 11
    • Town trivia: The 2010 census reported that Florence was the 12th fastest growing city in Mississippi.
  7. Oxford
    • Population 22,520, Burglaries 60
    • Town trivia: It was originally named after Oxford, England, because the city wanted to similarly bring a college to the town. The naming worked and Oxford now houses the University of Mississippi.
  8. Fulton
    • Population 4,049, Burglaries 12
    • Town trivia: Elvis Presley’s father Vernon is from Fulton.
  9. Long Beach
    • Population 15,610, Burglaries 50
    • Town trivia: Hurricane Katrina struck just 19 days after Long Beach’s centennial (100 year anniversary.)
  10. Horn Lake
    • Population 26,930, Burglaries 115
    • Town trivia: Elvis Presley’s “Elvis Ranch” is located in Horn Lake. This is where he lived for the last decade of his life.

2016 Mississippi Burglary Hot Spots

  1. Meridian
    • Population 39,966, Burglaries 797
    • Town trivia: The character, Dill Harris, from the Pullitzer Prize winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is from Meridian.
  2. Laurel
    • Population 18,943, Burglaries 362
    • Town trivia: The city was named after laurel thickets that were found close to the town.
  3. Biloxi
    • Population 45,208, Burglaries 843
    • Town trivia: Biloxi is home to some of the best sportsfishing on the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and resides in the middle of what biologists call “The Fertile Fisheries Crescent.”
  4. Edwards
    • Population 1,024, Burglaries 16
    • Town trivia: Edwards original name was Amsterdam.
  5. Jackson
    • Population 170,508, Burglaries 2,395
    • Town trivia: Jackson is a host of the International Theater/Dance Committee alongside Varna Bulgaria; Helsinki, Finland; and Moscow, Russia.
  6. Byhalia
    • Population 1,265, Burglaries 17
    • Town trivia: Byhalia is pronounced “bye-HAIL-yah.”
  7. Hattiesburg
    • Population 47,315, Burglaries 606
    • Town trivia: It was originally known as a center for lumber and railroad industries and was given the nickname “The Hub City.”
  8. Pascagoula
    • Population 22,202, Burglaries 253
    • Town trivia: A famous song by Jimmy Buffet is called “Pascagoula Run,” and named after the town. The singer and songwriter is from Pascagoula.
  9. Vicksburg
    • Population 23,275, Burglaries 264
    • Town trivia: The McRaven House in Vicksburg is considered one of the most haunted houses in Mississippi.
  10. Holly Springs
    • Population 7,548, Burglaries 82
    • Town trivia: The fictional town of Yoknapatawpha County created by William Faulker was inspired by Holly Springs. Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith is also from the city.

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