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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B-
Petal is a town in Mississippi with a population of 10,669. Petal is in Forrest County and is one of the best places to live in Mississippi. Living in Petal offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Petal there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Petal and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Petal are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$137,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$843
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Petal 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
    9.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    344.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    381.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Petal

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,467
National
$55,322
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Petal Reviews

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There is a reason why they call Petal "The Friendly City".Petal is a great city to live in!Crime rates are low, its a quite community with affordable costs of living and the school district is great! This school is the reason we moved here. Amazingly talented students, intelligent teachers, and understanding administrators.If I could change one thing it would be to have more clubs for younger students. Petal schools is all about reaching goals I like how welcoming the community is as a whole, and we always help our neighbors in need. Petal is a wonderful place to raise a family.Everything runs smooth!
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Petal is a family friendly city that constantly and consistently strives for excellence! They are supportive of each aspect of the school, families, and sports teams.
I'm 16 years old and I have lived in petal 10 years. Petal is great. There is no crime, and everyone is family friendly. Petal's school is amazing, very good in sports very nice stadium. Very welcoming. Petal has also gotten a lot bigger these past few years and is still growing. Many new buildings, restaurants and houses.