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Overview

Introduction to Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee county, is located 94 miles S of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center) and is 98 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee. The city has a population of 34,211.

Tupelo History

Tupelo was originally known as Gum Pond. The first railroad arrived in the city after the American Civil War. The city was renamed Tupelo after the large number of tupelo or blackgum trees grew in the area. It is the site of the Battle of Tupelo that took place during the Civil War. Tupelo was incorporated in 1870. It was visited by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.

Tupelo and nearby Attractions

  • Tombigbee State Park
  • Tupelo National Battlefield
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Oren Dunn City Museum
  • Buffalo Park
  • Gum Tree Museum of Art
  • Elvis Presley Center and Museum

Things To Do In Tupelo

While in Tupelo, one can visit the Gum Tree Museum of Art, Tupelo National Battlefield, Chickasaw Village Site, Oren Dunn City Museum, Tupelo Automobile Museum, and Elvis Presley Center and Museum. The Tombigbee State Park and Buffalo Park draw hordes of tourists every year. One can also enjoy the recreational facilities offered by the Tupelo Mall Shopping Center, Downtown Mall Shopping Center, Denton Plaza Shopping Center, and Magnolia Plaza Shopping Center.

Tupelo Transportation

Tupelo Regional Airport is close by.

Tupelo Higher Education

Higher educational facilities can be availed through Itawamba Community College, Mississippi University for Women, and Northeast Mississippi Community College.

People

Total Population 35,345
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 14,742
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 45.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.5%
Median Earnings25+ $29,060
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,752
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,020

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,496
% Above Poverty Level 75.5%
% Below Poverty Level 24.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.5%
Median Gross Rent $699
Median House Value $120,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.4%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 7.7%

Tupelo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 94 miles S of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 98 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Lee
Standard Zip Codes 38801, 38804
P.O. Box Zip Codes 38802, 38803
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.257
Longitude -88.703

Tupelo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station TUPELO RGNL AP
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 55.8 inches
Station VERONA EXPERIMENT STN
Distance 4 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
Station FULTON 3 W
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 60.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Ballardsville (38801)

Bissell (38801)

Chesterville (38801)

Mount Vernon (38801)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Mantachie 1,318 $38,646
Plantersville 933 $39,792
Saltillo 4,916 $76,134
Shannon 1,831 $32,946
Sherman 629 $38,516
Verona 3,052 $34,412

Tupelo Public Libraries

Library
Lee-itawamba Library System
219 N.MADISON
Tupelo, Mississippi
(662) 841-9029
Library Web Site

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Tupelo Hospitals

NORTH MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
830 S GLOSTER
(662) 377-7176
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tupelo High Schools

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TUPELO HIGH SCHOOL
4125 CLIFF GOOKIN BLVD
662-841-8970
Serves 1,877 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

TUPELO LEE CO VOC TECH SCHOOL
4125 CLIFF GOOKIN BLVD
662-841-8990
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903 FILLMORE DRIVE
662-841-8956
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