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  1. Public Schools
    NG
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Starkville is a town in Mississippi with a population of 25,122. Starkville is in Oktibbeha County and is one of the best places to live in Mississippi. Living in Starkville offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Starkville and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$171,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$777
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Starkville 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
    129.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    27.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,525.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,702
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    74.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    26%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Starkville

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$33,942
National
$55,322
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Starkville is a college town so there are a lot of nice things to do. In MS, towns with a lot of stores are few and far between. Starkville is the perfect size, not too large, not too small. There are many young people but there is also plenty of history with the college, Mississippi State University. If I were to change anything about Starkville, I would add more sidewalks. The traffic can be a mess, so it would be nice to be able to walk through!
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I grew up in Starkville. There are many genuinely nice people in Starkville. And, there are a few local restaurants that have delicious food. Other than that Starkville really doesn't have any entertainment, outdoor or otherwise. Not much shopping opportunities either. The Noxubee Refuge some else mentioned now charges $5 per person to enter. The let time I was there the trails were overgrown. So, there's no real place to hike or camp.
Some people call it Stark Vegas. Why I have no idea. There is no similarity to Las Vegas AT ALL! It is a dull, boring little town!
What I like about Starkville most is that, while there are many opportunities for me to immerse myself in art, music, and educational events, the town manages to maintain a homey feel. There are quite a few places in which to dine, ranging in price and style. There are some quirky, cute boutiques at which to shop as well.

I think Starkville's biggest asset - Mississippi State University - is also its biggest curse. The mere presence of diverse students means that Starkville is ever-expanding in business and in culture, but there is also an excess of new housing and businesses now crowding out Starkville's charming patches of nature and old architecture.

That said, I think that Starkville is a great place for those who like to search out the enriching bits of life and that its pros outweigh its cons.