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Oxford is a city in Lafayette County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the city in England.

The latitude of Oxford is 34.366N. The longitude is -89.519W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 505 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 12,761.


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Median household income
Local
$20,526
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Oxford demographic reports
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 29. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.3 per 1,000 people.
Oxford received national attention for 1962 riots sparked by the admission of James Meredith, a black student, to the University of Mississippi
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "The People vs. Larry Flynt"
Well-known residents have included:
· William Faulkner, writer
· John Grisham, writer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Double Decker Arts Festival - April 28, 2007
  • Oxford Film Festival - Feb. 15-16, 2007
  • Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference - July 22-26, 2007
Dates often change. Check Oxford web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Rowan Oak (Faulkner home)
Colleges and universities: University of Mississippi
Quotes:
I drove on to Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss as it's known. The people named the town after Oxford in England in the hope that this would persuade the state to build the university there, and the state did. This tells you most of what you need to know about the workings of the Southern mind.
-- The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
Bill Bryson

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Oxford demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lafayette County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 38677 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Oxford residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Oxford ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Oxford was $18,672, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

46% of Oxford residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Oxford festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Oxford, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $416.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $893.


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Libraries in Oxford include Lafayette County-Oxford Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Oxford include Oxford Eagle

TV stations in Oxford include WMAV.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WMAV-FM.

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Politics

Lafayette County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Oxford political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Oxford workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Oxford between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 5.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Oxford include Comfort Inn Oxford, Days Inn Oxford, Downtown Oxford Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Super 8.

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“ I drove on to Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss as it's known. The people named the town after Oxford in England in the hope that this would persuade the state to build the university there, and the state did. This tells you most of what you need to know about the workings of the Southern mind. ”
~ The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
Bill Bryson

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