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.



Total Population5,282
Male Share of the Population45.7%
Female Share of the Population54.3%
Senior Citizens18.6%
Employed Population 16+2,002
Age of the Population37


% of people married41.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11%
Median Earnings25+$31,246
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$32,402
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,083


Median Family Income$52,202
% Above Poverty Level77.2%
% Below Poverty Level22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone35.1%
Median Gross Rent$582
Median House Value$100,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.2%
French Except Basque1.3%
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Ripley Almanac

CountyTippah County
Standard Zip Codes38663
Phone Area Codes662
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.72
Approximate Longitude-88.94

Ripley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance0.3 miles
Jan Temp28 to 48 F
Apr Temp46 to 72 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp46 to 73 F
Annual Precip58.2 inches
Distance22.3 miles
Jan Temp29 to 48 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 73 F
Annual Precip58.6 inches
Distance27.8 miles
Jan Temp33 to 49 F
Apr Temp51 to 74 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 75 F
Annual Precip56.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Blue Mountain1,132$40,987
Hickory Flat587$44,286

Ripley Hospitals

Tippah County Hospital
(Government - Local)
1005 City Avenue North
(662) 837-9221

Ripley Public Schools

North South Tippah Voc Tech Center
2560 Cr 501
ZIP: 38663
(662) 837-9798
Pine Grove High School
3510a Cr 600
ZIP: 38663
(662) 837-7789
Total Enrollment 605
Ripley Elementary School
702 W Terry Street
ZIP: 38663
(662) 837-7203
Total Enrollment 824
Ripley High School
720 S Clayton Street
ZIP: 38663
(662) 837-7583
Total Enrollment 493
Ripley Middle School
718 S. Clayton Street
ZIP: 38663
(662) 837-7959
Total Enrollment 570

Ripley Private Schools

Northeast Christian Academy
100 County Road 817
ZIP: 38663
Total Enrollment 15
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