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Overview

Introduction to Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee county, is located 94 miles S of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center) and is 98 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee.

Tupelo History

Tupelo was originally known as Gum Pond. The first railroad arrived in the city after the American Civil War. The city was renamed Tupelo after the large number of tupelo or blackgum trees grew in the area. It is the site of the Battle of Tupelo that took place during the Civil War. Tupelo was incorporated in 1870. It was visited by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.

Tupelo and nearby Attractions

  • Tombigbee State Park
  • Tupelo National Battlefield
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Oren Dunn City Museum
  • Buffalo Park
  • Gum Tree Museum of Art
  • Elvis Presley Center and Museum

Things To Do In Tupelo

While in Tupelo, one can visit the Gum Tree Museum of Art, Tupelo National Battlefield, Chickasaw Village Site, Oren Dunn City Museum, Tupelo Automobile Museum, and Elvis Presley Center and Museum. The Tombigbee State Park and Buffalo Park draw hordes of tourists every year. One can also enjoy the recreational facilities offered by the Tupelo Mall Shopping Center, Downtown Mall Shopping Center, Denton Plaza Shopping Center, and Magnolia Plaza Shopping Center.

Tupelo Transportation

Tupelo Regional Airport is close by.

Tupelo Higher Education

Higher educational facilities can be availed through Itawamba Community College, Mississippi University for Women, and Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population38,856
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens14.9%
Employed Population 16+16,629
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married44.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29.6%
Median Earnings25+$30,606
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,156
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,174

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,904
% Above Poverty Level78.3%
% Below Poverty Level21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$710
Median House Value$134,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45.5%
English9.2%
Irish8.4%
Scottish1.8%
Italian1.3%
French Except Basque1.1%
African0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Polish0.4%
Arab0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Russian0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
German0.1%
Australian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Greek0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
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Tupelo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lee County
Standard Zip Codes38801, 38804
P.O. Box Zip Codes38802, 38803
Phone Area Codes662
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.26
Approximate Longitude-88.73

Tupelo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTUPELO RGNL AP
Distance3.7 miles
Jan Temp31 to 50 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 75 F
Annual Precip55.8 inches
StationVERONA EXPERIMENT STN
Distance4 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
StationFULTON 3 W
Distance14.5 miles
Jan Temp33 to 52 F
Apr Temp50 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip60.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Mantachie1,439$40,625
Plantersville910$39,474
Saltillo4,988$86,458
Shannon1,744$33,571
Sherman739$37,143
Verona3,032$30,057

Tupelo Public Libraries

Lee-itawamba Library System
219 NORTH MADISON STREET
Tupelo, Mississippi
(662) 841-9027

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Tupelo Hospitals

North Ms Medical Center
(Non-profit)
830 South Gloster
(662) 377-3000
North Ms State Hospital
(Government - State)
1937 Briar Ridge Road
(662) 690-4200

Tupelo Public Schools

Lawndale Elementary School
1563 Mitchell Road
ZIP: 38801
(662) 841-8890
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Parkway Elementary School
628 Rutherford Road
ZIP: 38801
(662) 844-6303
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Pierce Street Elementary School
1008 Pierce Street
ZIP: 38801
(662) 841-8940
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Rankin Elementary School
1908 Forrest Street
ZIP: 38801
(662) 841-8950
Primary
Total Enrollment 355
Thomas Street Elementary School
520 S Thomas Street
ZIP: 38801
(662) 841-8960
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
Tupelo Alternative School
903 Fillmore Drive
ZIP: 38801
(662) 841-8956
Other
Tupelo High School
4125 Golden Wave Drive
ZIP: 38801
(662) 841-8970
High
Total Enrollment 1974
Tupelo Lee Co Voc Tech School
4125 Golden Wave Drive
ZIP: 38801
(662) 841-8990
High
Tupelo Middle School
1009 Varsity Drive
ZIP: 38801
(662) 840-8780
Other
Total Enrollment 1176
Carver Elementary School
910 North Green Street
ZIP: 38804
(662) 841-8870
Primary
Total Enrollment 307
Early Childhood Education Center
1402 N Green Street
ZIP: 38804
(662) 840-5237
Primary
Total Enrollment 246
Joyner Elementary School
1201 Joyner Avenue
ZIP: 38804
(662) 841-8900
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Lawhon Elementary School
140 Lake Street
ZIP: 38804
(662) 841-8910
Primary
Total Enrollment 574
Mc Dougal Center
2434 S Eason Blvd
ZIP: 38804
(662) 844-1717
Other
Milam Elementary School
720 West Jefferson
ZIP: 38804
(662) 841-8920
Middle
Total Enrollment 495

Tupelo Private Schools

Lakeview Baptist Academy
830 Shumacola Trl
ZIP: 38801
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 72
Calvary Baptist Kindergarten & Preschool
501 W Main St
ZIP: 38804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
First Umc Kid's Pad
412 W Main St
ZIP: 38804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Montessori School Of Tupelo
1955 Mount Vernon Rd
ZIP: 38804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Tupelo Christian Academy
1801 E Main St
ZIP: 38804
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 116
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