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Retirement Living In Tupelo - Mississippi

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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.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Tupelo, Mississippi?

For those of you that retire in Tupelo, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the winter, great for a day of shopping in Tupelo!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Tupelo such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Tupelo is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the low 90's. Nights are mild with lows in the low 70's. Expect a lot of days above 90°. Humidity may feel uncomfortable. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Tupelo, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  31  41  51
 Feb  34  45  56
 Mar  42  53  65
 Apr  50  62  74
 May  60  71  82
 Jun  68  78  88
 Jul  71  81  91
 Aug  70  81  91
 Sep  63  74  85
 Oct  50  63  75
 Nov  41  53  64
 Dec  34  44  54

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  18  0
 Feb  0  13  0
 Mar  0  5  0
 Apr  0  1  0
 May  2  0  0
 Jun  12  0  0
 Jul  19  0  0
 Aug  19  0  0
 Sep  8  0  0
 Oct  1  1  0
 Nov  0  6  0
 Dec  0  15  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  5 "  10  33 %
 Feb  5 "  11  36 %
 Mar  5 "  11  42 %
 Apr  5 "  9  50 %
 May  6 "  11  60 %
 Jun  5 "  10  68 %
 Jul  4 "  10  71 %
 Aug  4 "  8  70 %
 Sep  4 "  7  64 %
 Oct  4 "  8  53 %
 Nov  5 "  10  44 %
 Dec  6 "  11  36 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  1 "  0  1
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  0 "  0  0

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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.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Tupelo Offer For Retirees?

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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