Introduction to Kosciusko, Mississippi

Kosciusko, Mississippi, in Attala county, is 63 miles NE of Jackson, Mississippi and 147 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee.

Kosciusko History

Kosciusko was once occupied by the Choctaw Indians. It was originally known as Red Bud Springs. The city was later renamed in honor of Tadeusz Kosciusko, the Polish general who assisted in the military efforts of the U.S. during the American Revolution. The city is the birthplace of renowned television host Oprah Winfrey. It is the county seat of Attala County, which was established in 1833.

Kosciusko and nearby Attractions

  • Baileys Shopping Center
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Holmes County State Park
  • Florewood River Plantation

Things To Do In Kosciusko

Kosciusko includes a number of local parks, such as the Redbud Springs Park, Niles Park, Hugh Ellard Park and Northside Park. One can enjoy a scenic drive or bike ride at the historic Natchez Trace. The Kosciusko Museum is also worth visiting. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Parkway Plaza Shopping Center and Baileys Shopping Center.

Kosciusko Transportation

Jackson International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Kosciusko Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Holmes Community College, Mississippi State University or Jackson State University.


Total Population 7,242
Male Share of the Population 41.2%
Female Share of the Population 58.8%
Senior Citizens 16%
Employed Population 16+ 2,259
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 39%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $33,826
% Above Poverty Level 66.7%
% Below Poverty Level 33.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $531
Median House Value $75,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.8%
US/American 0%
English 3.2%
Irish 8.4%

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

Kosciusko Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 63 miles NE of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 147 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee
County Attala
Standard Zip Codes 39090
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.057
Longitude -89.587

Kosciusko Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 60.3 inches
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 55 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 57.4 inches
Distance 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 58.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Durant 2,978 $25,154
Ethel 505 $47,083
McCool 148 $61,250
Sallis 147 $48,594
Vaiden 802 $25,811
West 177 $41,563

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

Kosciusko Public Libraries

Mid-mississippi Regional Library
Kosciusko, Mississippi
(662) 289-5141

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Kosciusko Hospitals

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220 HWY 12 WEST
(662) 289-4311
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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