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Overview

Introduction to Ripley, Mississippi

Ripley, Mississippi, in Tippah county, is located 61 miles S of Jackson, Tennessee and 68 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee.

Ripley History

Ripley is the county seat of Tippah County, which was founded in 1836. In the mid-19th century, Colonel William Clark Falkner, the great-grandfather of eminent authors William and John Faulkner, resided in the city. The character of Colonel John Sartoris in William Faulkner's novel "Sartoris" was based on Colonel W. C. Falkner. Well-known author John Grisham also spent his early years in Ripley.

Ripley and nearby Attractions

  • Tippah County - Historical Museum
  • Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
  • Gum Tree Museum of Art
  • Holly Springs National Forest
  • Shiloh National Military Park

Things To Do In Ripley

The Gum Tree Museum of Art is a visual arts gallery located in a historic local bank building. Visitors can also plan a trip to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum. The Shiloh National Military Park is located at the site of the Western theater of the Civil War battle. It currently offers biking and hiking opportunities to visitors. Another popular destination in Tippah County is the Holly Springs National Forest. It includes the Chewalla, Choctaw and Puskus Lakes and opportunities for swimming, hiking, picnicking and camping. In addition, the city holds the First Monday Trade Day every month. Its flea market is one of the oldest in United States.

Ripley Transportation

Tupelo Regional is the nearest major airport.

Ripley Higher Education

Blue Mountain College, Itawamba Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College are all accessible from Ripley.

People

Total Population 5,350
Male Share of the Population 51.9%
Female Share of the Population 48.1%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,010
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 50.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $46,915
% Above Poverty Level 76.4%
% Below Poverty Level 23.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 28.8%
Median Gross Rent $606
Median House Value $90,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 14.3%

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

Ripley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 61 miles S of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Tippah
Standard Zip Codes 38663
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.729
Longitude -88.95

Ripley 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 RIPLEY
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58.2 inches
Station BOONEVILLE
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58.6 inches
Station CORINTH CITY
Distance 27.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 49 F
Apr Temp 51 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Campbell (38663)

Gravestown (38663)

Mitchell (38663)

Murry (38663)

Peoples (38663)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashland 524 $60,536
Blue Mountain 937 $42,000
Dumas 470 $47,188
Falkner 551 $55,938
Hickory Flat 729 $34,659
Walnut 827 $26,875

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

Ripley Hospitals

TIPPAH COUNTY HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
1005 HWY 15 N
(662) 837-9221
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ripley High Schools

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PINE GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
3510A CR 600
662-837-7789
A Title I School.
Serves 642 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

RIPLEY HIGH SCHOOL
720 S CLAYTON STREET
662-837-7583
Serves 473 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

NORTH SOUTH TIPPAH VOC TECH CENTER
2560 CR 501
662-837-9798
A Vocational School

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