Introduction to West Point, Mississippi

West Point, Mississippi is located 68 miles NW of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (center to center) and is 133 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee. It is in Clay county. The population of the city is 12,145.

West Point History

The West Point city is the county seat of Clay County. The city was chartered in the year 1858, after the Ohio and Mobile Railroad was built in the region. The Spanish arrived here during the 1690s, and were among the early settlers of this area. Later, the region was taken over by the British who made several developments in the city, including the construction of education centers and post offices.

West Point and nearby Attractions

  • Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum
  • Tupelo National Battlefield
  • Holly Springs National Forest
  • Tombigbee State Park
  • Trace State Park

Things To Do In West Point

Visitors in West Point can plan a trip to the nearby historic sites including the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum and the Tupelo National Battlefield. There are several parks in the city that offer a host of facilities for the enjoyment of swimming, camping, and fishing. Among them are the Trace State Park and Tombigbee State Park. The Holly Springs National Forest boasts of a stunning collection of flora, and is another popular tourist attraction in West Point.

West Point Transportation

The Jackson International Airport is a few miles' drive from the city.

West Point Higher Education

East Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi State University, and University of Mississippi are some of the nearby educational institutes.


Total Population 11,122
Male Share of the Population 45.3%
Female Share of the Population 54.7%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,893
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 42%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.9%
Median Earnings25+ $22,317
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,879
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,864


Median Family Income $35,649
% Above Poverty Level 68%
% Below Poverty Level 32%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $625
Median House Value $84,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63%
US/American 0%
English 10.8%
Irish 5.9%

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

West Point Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 68 miles NW of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 133 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Clay
Standard Zip Codes 39773
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.607
Longitude -88.65

West Point Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 55.4 inches
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 51 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 55.4 inches
Station MACON 3 N
Distance 32 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 56.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Abbott (39773)

Mary Holmes (39773)

Tibbee (39773)

Whites (39773)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aberdeen 5,466 $43,387
Artesia 380 $41,875
Caledonia 1,332 $54,868
Columbus 23,360 $39,680
Crawford 569 $25,417
Starkville 24,754 $57,933

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

West Point Public Libraries

Tombigbee Regional Library
West Point, Mississippi
(662) 494-4872
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West Point Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(662) 495-2300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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