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The City of Starkville had a population of 25,320 as of July 1, 2021. Starkville ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Starkville is located at latitude 33.4504 and longitude -88.8184 in Oktibbeha County. The formal boundaries for the City of Starkville encompass a land area of 25.51 sq. miles and a water area of 0.11 sq. miles. Oktibbeha County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 331 feet.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Starkville: Boardtown.

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


Total Population 25,320 (100%)
Population in Households 23,581 (93.1%)
Population in Families 14,246 (56.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,739 ( 6.9%)
Population Density 992
Diversity Index2 55


Median Household Income $36,017
Average Household Income $58,577
% of Income for Mortgage4 22%
Per Capita Income $25,534
Wealth Index5 47


Total HU (Housing Units) 13,173 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,696 (35.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,805 (51.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,673 (12.7%)
Median Home Value $189,842
Average Home Value $222,125
Housing Affordability Index3 108


Total Households 11,500
Average Household Size 2.05
Family Households 5,133
Average Family Size 3
  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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.52% 0.62%
Households 0.64% 0.77%
Families 0.14% 0.48%
Median Household Income   1.4%
Per Capita Income   1.83%
Owner Occupied HU   1.12%

Starkville, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Starkville 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 # 15 96th
Population Density # 70 81st
Median Household Income # 204 44th
Housing Affordability Index # 23 6th
Per Capita Income # 69 81st
Diversity Index # 68 81st

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