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Area Description

It's a place where rolling hills and peaceful lakes beckon you. It's a place where warm smiles and hometown hospitality have never gone out of style. It's a place where both natives and newcomers share the community's vitality. It's Tupelo, Mississippi.
Awarded the prestigious honor of 'All America City' four times, the last bestowed in 2015, Tupelo offers not only a neighborly welcome, but a superior quality of life. Nationally recognized by the Wall Street Journal and others for its outstanding community development initiatives, Tupelo is an ideal retirement location.
While Tupelo has an approximate population of 36,000, during the daytime the population swells to approximately 141,000 because of jobs, a regional mall and the cultural amenities of much larger cities. It provides an exceptional cost-of-living value. From stately older homes to new residential construction.
Particularly important are the peaceful neighborhoods, well-trained professional fire and police protection and our overall cost of living being 12.7% below the national average.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Tupelo annually hosts 10 Festivals, among them... the infamous Weekend Elvis Festival, Gum Tree 10K Run and Festival, Our Tupelo Film Festival, Dudie's Burger Festival, Blue Suede Cruise (Antique Cars), The 4 Ward Community Festival, Fall Chili Fest, Azalea Festival, The White Buffalo Pow Wow, The Juneteenth Festival, Celebration Village, Annual Hog Roast, Our Annual Reed's Christmas Parade, Elvis' Birthplace that consists of the house, the Church he attended, a museum, gift shop, small chapel, Small Convention Center and lake. The Bancorp South Coliseum/Arena features top name stars in all genre, Disney on Ice, Harlem Globetrotters, etc. Downtown houses the Bancorp South Conference Center, is vibrant and ideal for walking to stores, restaurants, night clubs, and living. There are downtown loft homes, beautiful two story single family homes and condos surrounding our City Hall in Fair Park. The Farmer's market is open through October. Our museums are The Tupelo Automobile Museum, Gum Tree Art Museum, The Tupelo Historical Museum, The Lyric Theater, Tupelo Ballet Company, Tupelo Symphony Orchestra,
Our newly built acquatic center is open for all ages with it's state of the art facilities and pools. We also host swim meets for pre-Olympic training.
Our Regional Mall is top of the line, our downtown has businesses, banks, department stores and walking paths.

Cultural Activities

Arts: Gum Tree Museum of Art, The Clarion Art Gallery Downtown
Ballet: Tupelo Ballet Company
Concerts: In Fair Park, Downtown Tupelo, At the Bancorp South Arena/Coliseum, The Links Canter,
Films: We host an Annual Weekend Film Festival utilized by producers from all over the country,
Many film productions are done locally
Lectures: At the Lee County Library has a lecture series annually inviting well-known and local
authors and presenters
Library: Lee County Library
Live Music Series: Downtown Main Street presents free concerts in Fair Park downtown, The Links
Center has a series throughout the year,indoors
Museums: Tupelo has 5 Museums
Theatre: The Tupelo Community Theatre puts on 5 productions a year, there are productions presented
through Tupelo High School

Public transportation

Memphis International Airport and Amtrax are only 100 miles from Tupelo. Delta Airlines has great connections through Atlanta, GA via our Golden Triangle Regional (GTR) Airport, only 56 miles away.

Medical Facilities

North Mississippi Medical Center is the largest Non-Metropolitan Hospital in the Nation.
The Hospital operates the Wellness Center
There is a VA Clinic in the city.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  30.5  40.4  50.3  5.1 "  0.5 "
 Feb  33.5  44.8  56.0  4.7 "  0.4 "
 Mar  41.4  53.1  64.8  6.3 "  0.2 "
 Apr  48.2  60.9  73.5  4.9 "  0.0 "
 May  57.7  69.3  81.0  5.8 "  0.0 "
 Jun  65.7  76.8  88.0  4.8 "  0.0 "
 Jul  69.8  80.6  91.4  3.7 "  0.0 "
 Aug  68.2  79.5  90.9  2.7 "  0.0 "
 Sep  61.7  73.3  84.9  3.4 "  0.0 "
 Oct  48.8  61.9  74.9  3.4 "  0.0 "
 Nov  40.0  51.5  63.0  5.0 "  0.0 "
 Dec  33.2  43.4  53.6  6.1 "  0.2 "

We have four seasons that are like the four seasons described in books.
Summer - Warm to hot and humid --- up to 100 degrees
Fall - Warm, a little rainy, pleasant, temperatures from 50-80
Winter - Temperate, Warm, cool, cold, rainy, some snow, temperatures 50-15 degrees
Spring - Moderate, rainy, chilly, greening up, 30 to 85 degrees

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Cost of Living for Tupelo, MS

Tupelo, Mississippi cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Single Family houses in a choice of about 50 subdivisions, there are 30 rental apartment complexes, there are many condos throughout the city, United Methodist Senior Services and Avonlea offer cottages for Seniors who can live relatively independently but with meals provided. There are 12 nursing home/assisted living facilities.
Homes in our region have any amenity desired in all price ranges.

Senior Assistance in Tupelo, MS

Tupelo, Mississippi offers the following assistance for seniors:

The shepherd Center offers assistance with shopping, rides to doctors, etc. Local Churches also offer Senior Assistance.
The hospital and several agencies provide in-home assistance with daily living needs. Nurses, housekeepers, bathing and other assistance is readily available. Senior Services provides meals on wheels.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are utilized at the Red Cross, North Mississippi Medical Center, The Residence Hospice Store
Jobs are available throughout the city at venues like local shopping centers, grocery stores, Wal-Mart, local banks, etc.

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