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Tupelo, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Tupelo is the 8th largest city in Mississippi with a population of 37,954 as of July 1, 2021. Tupelo ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Mississippi. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Tupelo is located at latitude 34.2576 and longitude -88.7034 in Lee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Tupelo encompass a land area of 51.14 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles. Lee County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 276 feet.

The City of Tupelo has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Tupelo is located within Supervisor District 4, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lee County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Tupelo: Gum Pond.

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Tupelo, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)

POPULATION

Total Population 37,954 (100%)
Population in Households 37,116 (97.8%)
Population in Families 30,132 (79.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 838 ( 2.2%)
Population Density 590
Diversity Index2 58
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $49,679
Average Household Income $75,723
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $29,682
Wealth Index5 88
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 17,446 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,418 (54.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,497 (31.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,530 (14.5%)
Median Home Value $154,862
Average Home Value $197,887
Housing Affordability Index3 182
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 14,916
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 9,674
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.25% 0.07%
Households 0.22% 0.04%
Families 0.04% -0.1%
Median Household Income   0.61%
Per Capita Income   1.56%
Owner Occupied HU   0.32%

Tupelo, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tupelo to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 8 98th
Population Density # 133 64th
Median Household Income # 76 79th
Housing Affordability Index # 97 27th
Per Capita Income # 30 92nd
Diversity Index # 45 88th

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