Introduction to Osceola, Arkansas

Osceola, Arkansas, in Mississippi county, is 38 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee. The city has a population of 8,875.

Osceola History

Osceola was named after the Seminole chief. It was incorporated on January 12, 1853. Osceola saw guerilla fighting during the days of the American Civil War. It was in favor of Arkansas seceding from the Union. It also saw racial disharmony. The introduction of the railways and its closeness to river transportation contributed to its growth. The city gradually acquired an industrial base. It is one of the two county seats of Mississippi County, which was established on November 1, 1833, and named after the Mississippi River.

Osceola and nearby Attractions

  • Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hampson Museum State Park
  • Mississippi County Historical Center
  • Parkin Archeological State Park

Things To Do In Osceola

Osceola offers many recreational facilities for visitors and residents. You can visit the Arts Council of Ritz Civic Center and the Fort Pillow State park. The city also has many houses of worship. One can tour Kingdom Hall, Cavalry Baptist Church, and Pilgrim Rest Church. Book lovers can visit the Osceola Branch Mississippi County Library. Osceola also hosts the annul Heritage Music Festival.

Osceola Transportation

Air transport facilities are available at Millington Municipal Airport.

Osceola Higher Education

University of Memphis, Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union Campus, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Southwest Tennessee Community College are some of the institutes that provide higher education facilities.


Total Population 7,424
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,383
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 40.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $31,734
% Above Poverty Level 62.1%
% Below Poverty Level 37.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.7%
Median Gross Rent $635
Median House Value $79,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.7%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 5.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Osceola Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 38 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee
County Mississippi
Standard Zip Codes 72370
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.705
Longitude -89.969

Osceola Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KEISER
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.5 inches
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 51 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches
Distance 35.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bassett 193 $38,125
Burdette 180 $52,750
Dell 220 $46,250
Keiser 600 $34,643
Luxora 1,007 $27,904
Wilson 933 $52,167

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Osceola Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(870) 563-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Osceola High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 339 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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