Oxford #3 in Top 10 Best Places In Mississippi to Get a Job

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If you’re starting to look for a job in Mississippi, you’ve come to the right place. Oxford came in #3 on the Top 10 Best Places in Mississippi to Get a Job.

You might think off the top of your head that Jackson would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Mississippi to find a job.

After analyzing all 53 plus places in Mississippi, here is Zippia’s list of best places for jobs in the Magnolia State:

  1. Philadelphia
  2. Corinth
  3. Oxford
  4. Gautier
  5. Grenada
  6. Laurel
  7. D’Iberville
  8. Southaven
  9. Picayune
  10. Waveland

How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Magnolia State

Zippia first researched detailed data on all places in Mississippi. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, the group set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left 53 places in Mississippi to analyze.

The study then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 53, with one being the best.

Zippia then took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Mississippi”.

The criteria looked at includes:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

1. Philadelphia

Population: 7,483
Unemployment Rate: 5.10%
Recent Job Growth: 0.23%
Future Job Growth: 35.40%

2. Corinth

Population: 14,663
Unemployment Rate: 5.90%
Recent Job Growth: 0.08%
Future Job Growth: 34.30%

3. Oxford

Population: 19,022
Unemployment Rate: 4.90%
Recent Job Growth: -0.68%
Future Job Growth: 33.70%

4. Gautier

Population: 18,502
Unemployment Rate: 7.30%
Recent Job Growth: 1.82%
Future Job Growth: 36.30%

5. Grenada

Population: 13,121
Unemployment Rate: 6.70%
Recent Job Growth: 0.09%
Future Job Growth: 33.50%

6. Laurel

Population: 18,611
Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Recent Job Growth: -0.88%
Future Job Growth: 33.40%

7. D’Iberville

Population: 9,539
Unemployment Rate: 6.30%
Recent Job Growth: -0.23%
Future Job Growth: 33.20%

8. Southaven

Population: 48,981
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Recent Job Growth: -1.19%
Future Job Growth: 33.30%

9. Picayune

Population: 10,982
Unemployment Rate: 6.60%
Recent Job Growth: -0.19%
Future Job Growth: 33.00%

10. Waveland

Population: 6,492
Unemployment Rate: 6.60%
Recent Job Growth: -0.23%
Future Job Growth: 32.90%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Mississippi For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Philadelphia 1 7,483 5.10% 0.23% 35.40%
Corinth 2 14,663 5.90% 0.08% 34.30%
Oxford 3 19,022 4.90% -0.68% 33.70%
Gautier 4 18,502 7.30% 1.82% 36.30%
Grenada 5 13,121 6.70% 0.09% 33.50%
Laurel 6 18,611 4.80% -0.88% 33.40%
D’Iberville 7 9,539 6.30% -0.23% 33.20%
Southaven 8 48,981 4.30% -1.19% 33.30%
Picayune 9 10,982 6.60% -0.19% 33.00%
Waveland 10 6,492 6.60% -0.23% 32.90%
Diamondhead 11 8,583 6.60% -0.23% 32.90%
Pascagoula 12 22,523 9.80% 1.82% 33.80%
Hernando 13 14,117 4.80% -1.19% 32.80%
Forest 14 5,702 4.60% -1.31% 32.80%
Brookhaven 15 12,549 6.20% -0.75% 32.30%
Petal 16 10,515 6.10% -1.17% 31.60%
Flowood 17 7,881 4.20% -2.16% 31.50%
Biloxi 18 44,223 7.40% -0.23% 32.10%
Richland 19 6,955 4.20% -2.16% 31.50%
Gulfport 20 68,158 7.70% -0.23% 31.80%
Brandon 21 21,689 4.20% -2.16% 31.50%
Pearl 22 25,623 4.20% -2.16% 31.50%
Pontotoc 23 5,652 6.50% -1.18% 31.10%
Clinton 24 25,361 4.30% -2.16% 31.40%
Meridian 25 41,056 9.20% 0.32% 31.40%
Starkville 26 23,908 6.80% -0.94% 31.30%
Columbia 27 6,543 7.80% -0.39% 31.40%
Canton 28 13,185 4.90% -2.16% 30.80%
Madison 29 24,153 4.90% -2.16% 30.80%
Ridgeland 30 23,987 4.90% -2.16% 30.80%
Cleveland 31 12,315 8.30% -0.66% 30.40%
Hattiesburg 32 46,284 7.60% -1.17% 30.10%
Tupelo 33 34,827 7.60% -1.18% 30.00%
Ripley 34 5,381 8.10% -1.06% 29.80%
Byram 35 11,277 6.10% -2.16% 29.60%
Booneville 36 8,788 7.40% -1.45% 29.70%
Senatobia 37 8,071 8.00% -1.18% 29.60%
Jackson 38 174,382 6.50% -2.16% 29.20%
Carthage 39 5,062 7.30% -1.94% 28.80%
Louisville 40 6,617 9.60% -1.05% 28.30%
Columbus 41 23,604 12.90% 0.12% 27.30%
Natchez 42 15,847 6.70% -2.29% 28.70%
Batesville 43 7,457 9.00% -1.20% 28.60%
Waynesboro 44 5,073 8.40% -2.01% 27.60%
Aberdeen 45 5,626 9.80% -1.37% 27.50%
Amory 46 7,313 9.80% -1.37% 27.50%
McComb 47 12,841 7.70% -2.33% 27.60%
Indianola 48 10,682 11.60% -2.03% 24.30%
Kosciusko 49 7,359 9.10% -2.56% 25.80%
Clarksdale 50 17,906 10.80% -2.81% 23.60%
Greenwood 51 15,298 10.90% -3.15% 22.80%
Vicksburg 52 23,725 12.90% -2.85% 21.40%
Greenville 53 34,259 11.80% -3.34% 21.50%

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