Introduction to Ripley, Tennessee

Ripley, Tennessee, in Lauderdale county, is 41 miles W of Jackson, Tennessee and 50 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee.

Ripley History

Ripley was named in honor of Eleazor Wheelock Ripley, a general in the War of 1812. It is the county seat of Lauderdale County, which was founded in 1818. The Confederate States Army established a fort in the county in 1861 and named it after General Gideon J. Pillow. In 1864, the Union Army took over the fort.

CRipley and nearby Attractions

  • Ripley Plaza Shopping Center
  • Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
  • Alex Haley Home & Museum
  • Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
  • Fort Pillow State Park
  • Six Flags St Louis

Things To Do In Ripley

Ripley offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. One can visit the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge and the Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge while in Ripley. The Alex Haley Home & Museum is also a popular local historical site. The Rolling Hills Country Club provides facilities for golfers. One can shop at the Ripley Plaza Shopping Center. Local celebrations include Harvest Days and the Tomato Festival.

Ripley Transportation

Flights are available from Memphis International Airport.

Ripley Higher Education

The Tennessee Technology Center at Ripley is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Southwest Tennessee Community College-Macon Campus, Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union Campus and the University of Memphis.


Total Population 8,291
Male Share of the Population 44.2%
Female Share of the Population 55.8%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,590
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 32.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.9%
Median Earnings25+ $24,246
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,721
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,822


Median Family Income $24,173
% Above Poverty Level 60.8%
% Below Poverty Level 39.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28.6%
Median Gross Rent $620
Median House Value $90,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56%
US/American 0%
English 2.1%
Irish 7.6%

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

Ripley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles W of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Lauderdale
Standard Zip Codes 38063
Phone Area Codes 731
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.745
Longitude -89.529

Ripley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station RIPLEY
Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 46 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 51 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Covington 9,036 $33,552
Gates 792 $25,063
Halls 2,547 $45,714
Henning 879 $27,241
Stanton 396 $0

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

Ripley Public Libraries

Lauderdale County Library
Ripley, Tennessee
(731) 635-1872

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Ripley Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(731) 221-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 905 students.

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