Introduction to Indianola, Mississippi

Indianola, Mississippi, in Sunflower county, is 84 miles N of Jackson, Mississippi and 122 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee. There are an estimated 12,066 people in the city.

Indianola History

Indianola was initially known as Indian Bayou and was inhabited by the Choctaw Indians. In 1882, it was renamed Eureka. The city was also named Belengate before it adopted its present name. It was established on the site of an ancient Indian camp. According to a folk etymology, the city was named after an Indian princess named "Ola." Indianola was incorporated in 1886.

Indianola and nearby Attractions

  • Indianola Shopping Center
  • Highway 61 Blues Museum
  • Florewood River Plantation State Park
  • Casey Jones Museum
  • Lake Chicot State Park

Things To Do In Indianola

The Indianola Country Club is a delight for golf enthusiasts. The Indianola Shopping Center is also great a great place to spend leisure hours. In addition, the city hosts the B.B. King Homecoming Festival every year.

Indianola Transportation

Mid Delta Airport is nearby.

Indianola Higher Education

Mississippi Delta Community College, Mississippi Valley State University and Delta State University are some of the nearest colleges and universities.


Total Population 10,281
Male Share of the Population 44.5%
Female Share of the Population 55.5%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,579
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 30.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $28,036
% Above Poverty Level 66.8%
% Below Poverty Level 33.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 0.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $631
Median House Value $72,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 80.4%
US/American 0%
English 2.2%
Irish 3.1%

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

Indianola Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 84 miles N of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 122 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee
County Sunflower
Standard Zip Codes 38751
P.O. Box Zip Codes 38749
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.45
Longitude -90.655

Indianola Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 52 F
Apr Temp 54 to 74 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 77 F
Annual Precip 56.3 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 50 F
Apr Temp 53 to 75 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 58.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Indianola, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Baird (38751)

Boyer (38751)

Fairview (38751)

Heathman (38751)

Holly Ridge (38749)

Kinlock (38751)

Marie (38751)

Pollock (38751)

Saints Rest (38751)

Woodburn (38751)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Inverness 934 $43,194
Isola 1,003 $28,000
Leland 4,318 $38,750
Moorhead 1,975 $21,845
Shaw 1,672 $21,875
Sunflower 1,047 $24,750

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

Indianola Public Libraries

Sunflower County Library
Indianola, Mississippi
(662) 887-1672
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Indianola Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(662) 877-5235
Emergency Service: Yes

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Indianola High Schools

801 B.B. KING
Serves 646 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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