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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Lafayette County is located in Mississippi with a population of 52,744. Lafayette County is one of the best places to live in Mississippi. In Lafayette County, most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Lafayette County and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Lafayette County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$177,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$862
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Lafayette County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    62.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    41.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    45.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    353.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,355.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    49.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    25%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Lafayette County

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,019
National
$55,322

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    Lafayette County Reviews

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    Oxford is the best place by far to live in Mississippi. Safe, great schools, things to do, good night life, etc. Very welcoming community.
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    I loved the years I spent in the countryside of Water Valley. The neighbors were loving, and became my closest friends. People are hospitable, the land is beautiful and prosperous, and I would for sure choose to move back there if the possibility arose.
    When it comes to crimes in our town, its never a major issue. Living in a college town it comes with college people doing college thing crimes such as, public drunk, noise complaint, and minor crimes like stealing. It is never anything big but the police does a great job of handling our town and county.