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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Oxford is a town in Mississippi with a population of 22,092. Oxford is in Lafayette County and is one of the best places to live in Mississippi. Living in Oxford offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many young professionals live in Oxford and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Oxford are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$245,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$874
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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Oxford 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    41
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    41.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    24.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    332.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,330.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    69.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    29%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Oxford

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,561
National
$55,322
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Oxford is a slice of Heaven everyday I wake up in this town full of culture, impeccable dining experiences, and the ability to expand your mind with all of the history and educational opportunities, with excellent productions and creations in arts with The Oxford Film Festival and Double Decker Festival to look forward to every year. These are just a small few of the many reasons Oxford is a joyous and fulfilling slice of Heaven everyday.
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Allowing diversity in our lives is how we are exposed to all of the brilliant ideas in the world. People everywhere have different opinions and thoughts that we, individually, may have never thought of. Our city is abundant with people of different backgrounds, religion, gender, sexuality, and the list only grows larger. But these differences are what build the heart of Oxford, MS. What our community needs is acceptance. This can be achieved by welcoming everyone with open arms, and opening our minds to others’ ideas. By accepting and appreciating our diversity, we will grow as a whole. It will boost our city’s overall morale and contribute many different approaches to facing every-day problems by adding new perspectives. Keeping an open mind and an open heart helps us grow not only as individuals, but as a whole.
The Good: Very little crime, people are mostly friendly, best public schools in the state (but that's a low bar).

The Bad: Federal student loans set the cost of living, especially in housing; very little opportunity with the economy basically centered around one employer (the university).

The Bottom Line: Do NOT move here for your spouse's job unless you are okay with being ridiculously underemployed, a grueling commute to Memphis, or not working at all. If you don't need to work, Oxford has some awesome and genuinely cool volunteer opportunities. If you do, here's your apron and your name tag.