Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,997
Male Share of the Population46.8%
Female Share of the Population53.2%
Senior Citizens15.6%
Employed Population 16+2,133
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married40.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.2%
Median Earnings25+$32,282
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,833
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,000

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,977
% Above Poverty Level83.7%
% Below Poverty Level16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone28.5%
Median Gross Rent$627
Median House Value$114,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.4%
Irish8.6%
English8.3%
German3.1%
Italian1.2%
Scottish0.8%
Dutch0.7%
African0.4%
French Except Basque0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Belizean0.2%
Portuguese0.1%
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Pontotoc Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyPontotoc County
Standard Zip Codes38863
Phone Area Codes662
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.24
Approximate Longitude-89

Pontotoc Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPONTOTOC EXP STN
Distance6.8 miles
Jan Temp31 to 50 F
Apr Temp49 to 72 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip58.4 inches
StationVERONA EXPERIMENT STN
Distance16.5 miles
Jan Temp30 to 50 F
Apr Temp49 to 73 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 75 F
Annual Precip55.6 inches
StationHICKORY FLAT
Distance27.6 miles
Jan Temp27 to 49 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp47 to 74 F
Annual Precip58.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Algoma849$39,417
Blue Springs329$50,556
Ecru1,237$56,731
Sherman783$37,344
Thaxton909$60,667
Toccopola288$44,554

Pontotoc Public Libraries

Dixie Regional Library System
111 NORTH MAIN STREET
Pontotoc, Mississippi
(662) 489-3960

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Pontotoc Hospitals

North Mississippi Medical Center - Pontotoc
(Non-profit)
176 South Main Street
(662) 489-5510

Pontotoc Public Schools

D T Cox Elementary School
304 Clark Street
ZIP: 38863
(662) 489-2454
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Pontotoc Elementary School
145 Fred Dowdy Street
ZIP: 38863
(662) 489-4973
Primary
Total Enrollment 599
Pontotoc High School
123 North Main Street
ZIP: 38863
(662) 489-1275
High
Total Enrollment 639
Pontotoc Junior High School
132 North Main Street
ZIP: 38863
(662) 489-8360
Middle
Total Enrollment 336
Pontotoc Middle School
135 Education Drive
ZIP: 38863
(662) 489-6056
Middle
Total Enrollment 337
Pontotoc Ridge Career & Tech. Cnt.
354 Center Ridge Drive
ZIP: 38863
(662) 489-1826
High
South Pontotoc Elementary School
1523 South Pontotoc Road
ZIP: 38863
(662) 489-5941
Primary
Total Enrollment 845
South Pontotoc High School
1523 South Pontotoc Road
ZIP: 38863
(662) 489-5925
High
Total Enrollment 464
South Pontotoc Middle School
1523 South Pontotoc Road
ZIP: 38863
(662) 489-3476
Middle
Total Enrollment 401
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