Introduction to Pontotoc, Mississippi

Pontotoc, Mississippi, in Pontotoc county, is located 86 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee.

Pontotoc History

Pontotoc is a Chickasaw word which means "Land of Hanging Grapes." Renowned outlaws Austin and Chris Gervase, along with their gang, were known to hide in an old house in the area. Pontotoc is in the Pontotoc County which was founded in 1836.

Pontotoc and nearby Attractions

  • Gum Tree Museum of Art
  • Trace State Park
  • Tupelo National Battlefield
  • Pontotoc Lake

Things To Do In Pontotoc

The Gum Tree Museum of Art attracts visitors interested in the historical and cultural background of the region. Pontotoc Lake is a great place to just hang out with friends or enjoy a quiet walk. The Trace State Park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, biking and horseback riding. Among the historical sites worth visiting are the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, and the Tupelo National Battlefield.

Pontotoc Transportation

Air transportation facilities are offered by the Tupelo Regional Airport.

Pontotoc Higher Education

Higher educational institutes near Pontotoc include the University of Mississippi Main Campus, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College, and Mississippi State University.


Total Population 5,808
Male Share of the Population 52.6%
Female Share of the Population 47.4%
Senior Citizens 16%
Employed Population 16+ 2,471
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $54,306
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.6%
Median Gross Rent $570
Median House Value $105,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36%
US/American 0%
English 9.4%
Irish 12.5%

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

Pontotoc Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 86 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Pontotoc
Standard Zip Codes 38863
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.247
Longitude -88.998

Pontotoc Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 58.4 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 50 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 55.6 inches
Distance 27.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 58.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Chiwapa (38863)

Furrs (38863)

Goodfood (38863)

Nixon (38863)

Plymouth (38863)

Possum Trot (38863)

Rough Edge (38863)

Springville (38863)

Troy (38863)

Zion (38863)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Algoma 677 $41,250
Blue Springs 282 $29,844
Ecru 1,379 $62,865
Sherman 784 $37,031
Thaxton 996 $53,021
Toccopola 219 $32,250

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

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Dixie Regional Library System
Pontotoc, Mississippi
(662) 489-3961
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