Introduction to Olive Branch, Mississippi

Olive Branch, Mississippi, in De Soto county, is located 20 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is part of the Memphis metropolitan statistical area(MSA). Approximately 21,054 people live in Olive Branch.

Olive Branch History

The city of Olive Branch was originally known as Watson's Crossroad. It got its current name in the year 1846, when the first post office of the city was established. Olive Branch was incorporated as a town in the year 1874. It was designated as a village in the year 1888, and eventually became a city. The business of cotton started flourishing in the early years of the 19th century, and was followed by several other kinds of businesses. The first church of the city was constructed in 1840.

Olive Branch and nearby Attractions

  • National Ornamental Metal Museum
  • Chucalissa Prehistoric Indian Village
  • Fuller State Park
  • Hunt/Phelan House
  • Pink Palace Museum

Things To Do In Olive Branch

Amongst the several attractions in the city including the National Ornamental Metal Museum and the Chucalissa Prehistoric Indian Village. Facilities for swimming, fishing, and camping are available at the Fuller State park. The Pink Palace Museum and the Hunt/Phelan House are among the other major tourist attractions.

Olive Branch Transportation

Air transportation can be availed from the Jackson International Airport.

Olive Branch Higher Education

Crichton College, Rhodes College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and University of Memphis are some of the nearby institutes of higher education.


Total Population 35,018
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 18,038
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 51.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.2%
Median Earnings25+ $40,359
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,462
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,088


Median Family Income $71,202
% Above Poverty Level 92.8%
% Below Poverty Level 7.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 21.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,071
Median House Value $163,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.4%
Irish 12.2%

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

Olive Branch Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 20 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee
County De Soto
Metro Area Memphis
Standard Zip Codes 38654
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.93
Longitude -89.81

Olive Branch Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 49 F
Apr Temp 52 to 72 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 53 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.6 inches
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 48 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 74 F
Annual Precip 57 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mineral Wells (38654)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Byhalia 1,358 $33,393
Coldwater 1,251 $39,167
Hernando 14,984 $82,170
Holly Springs 7,572 $37,956
Horn Lake 26,662 $46,568
Southaven 51,090 $67,315

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

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