With its low population and lack of big cities, Mississippi proved a relatively safe place to live in 2009 and 2010, when compared to the rest of the country.
One category where Mississippi lagged behind was in its murder rate. Mississippi had a total of 208 murders in 2010, a 7.2 percent increase from 2009, with seven murders per 100,000 people, compared to 4.8 nationwide.
Fluctuating Crime Rates
Mississippi was a mixed bag when it came to crime rates between 2009 and 2010. The rates of violent crime, forcible rape, robbery, aggregated assault and motor vehicle theft went down, while murder, property crime, burglary and larceny went up.
The crime rates in Mississippi have been on a downward trend, which could be attributed to new measures allowing inmates to earn time off their sentences by participating in educational and reentry programs. They have also managed to reduce their prison population by 22 percent in this time.
Best And Worst
The safest city in Mississippi proved to be Madison. With a population of 22,275, Madison had no murders, no rapes and only one robbery, quite an accomplishment for a city of its size.
The other cities in the top five were Petal, New Albany, Brandon and Oxford. Meanwhile, the most dangerous city in Mississippi was also its largest. With a population of 174,153, Jackson saw 41 murders and 1086 robberies, over 1000 times more than Madison, while being less than 10 times the size. Holy Springs was the smallest of the top five most dangerous cities in Mississippi, with a population of 7,964. It saw 72 violent crimes, three murders and 164 instances of larceny.