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Tupelo is a city in Lee County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after a black gum tree common to the area.

The latitude of Tupelo is 34.257N. The longitude is -88.703W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 279 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 35,297.


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Median household income
Local
$38,401
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Tupelo demographic reports
Tupelo is in the Appalachian foothills.
A major battle of the Civil War was fought here in 1864.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 90. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 2.6 per 1,000 people.
Tupelo received national attention for 1936 tornado, which killed 230 people and destroyed much of the city.
Well-known residents have included:
· Elvis Presley, singer, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Elvis Presley Festival - June 1-3, 2007
  • Gum Tree Festival - May 11-13, 2007
  • Dudies Burger Festival - May 5, 2007
  • Elvis Presley Heights Azalea Festival - April 14, 2007
  • Film Festival - May 17-19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Tupelo web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Tupelo Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Tombigbee State Park, Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo attractions: Buffalo Park
Sports teams: Mississippi MudCats (American Indoor Football Association)
Historic sites and museums: Tupelo National Battlefield, Oren Dunn City Museum, Elvis Presley Center and Museum, Gum Tree Museum of Art
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Songs:
· "Tupelo Honey"

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Tupelo demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lee 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 38879 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

6% of Tupelo residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Tupelo ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Tupelo was $22,024, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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27% of Tupelo residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Tupelo include Mill Village Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Tupelo, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $363.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $904.


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Libraries in Tupelo include Lee County Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Tupelo include Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

TV stations in Tupelo include WTVA.

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

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The average commute time for Tupelo workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 13 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Tupelo between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.

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