Tupelo, Mississippi Population 2021

38,432
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Tupelo is a city located in Lee County Mississippi. It is also the county seat of Lee County. With a 2020 population of 38,432, it is the 7th largest city in Mississippi and the 1024th largest city in the United States . Tupelo is currently growing at a rate of 0.16% annually and its population has increased by 11.25% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 34,546 in 2010. Tupelo reached it's highest population of 38,583 in 2013. Spanning over 65 miles, Tupelo has a population density of 597 people per square mile.

The average household income in Tupelo is $69,142 with a poverty rate of 15.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $790 per month, and the median house value is $145,400. The median age in Tupelo is 35.5 years, 33.4 years for males, and 36.9 years for females.

Tupelo Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Tupelo was:

  • White: 56.68%
  • Black or African American: 39.13%
  • Other race: 2.34%
  • Two or more races: 0.82%
  • Asian: 0.73%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Tupelo, Mississippi is 38,432 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 38,252.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 34,546.

Tupelo, Mississippi Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021166,9664200.25%
2020166,5464200.25%
2019166,1264200.25%
2018165,7062120.13%
2017165,4943660.22%
2016165,1285480.33%
2015164,5802320.14%
2014164,348-129-0.08%
2013164,4777310.44%
2012163,7461,3120.80%
2011162,4348630.53%
2010161,5710.00%

Tupelo Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White21,69356.68%
Black or African American14,97439.13%
Some Other Race8952.34%
Two or More Races3150.82%
Asian2780.73%
American Indian and Alaska Native1090.28%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander70.02%
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Tupelo Population by Race

Tupelo Population Pyramid $2021

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Tupelo Median Age

35.5


Total

33.4


Male

36.9


Female

Tupelo Adults

There are 28,096 adults, (5,691 of whom are seniors) in Tupelo.

Tupelo Age Dependency

70.8

Age Dependency Ratio

25.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Tupelo Sex Ratio

Female

20,662

53.99%

Male

17,609

46.01%

Tupelo Population by Age

Tupelo Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Tupelo Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.1%21.9%
All58.9%41.1%
Non Family48.5%51.5%
Male46.1%53.9%
Female39.1%60.9%

58.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Tupelo Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All14,7512.5558.9
Married6,1313.1978.1
Non Family5,1031.1848.5
Female2,6923.4139.1
Male8253.3446.1

3.18

Average Family Size

2.55

Average Household Size

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Tupelo Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0034.07%
9th to 12th Grade2,3219.42%
High School Graduate5,47622.22%
Some College5,30621.53%
Associates Degree2,70610.98%
Bachelors Degree4,94220.05%
Graduate Degree2,89511.74%
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Tupelo Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Tupelo Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White15,00413,9165,998
Black8,4156,6261,402
Hispanic713325144
Other Race431296172
Asian20417980
Native American865239
2+ Races806126
Islander77

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 45.35%.

Tupelo Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,072$42,081$27,341
Less Than 9th Grade$19,227$25,254$17,309
High School Graduate$27,049$30,714$22,426
Some College$29,580$41,718$24,530
Bachelors Degree$47,070$52,485$36,538
Graduate Degree$63,411$88,087$47,011

$34,072

Average Earnings

$42,081

Average Male

$27,341

Average Female

Tupelo Earnings by Educational Attainment

Tupelo Language by Age

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Tupelo Language

94.95% of Tupelo residents speak only English, while 5.05% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.41% of the population.

Tupelo Language

Tupelo Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black14,6824,02027.38%
White20,3761,5847.77%
Hispanic1,57519812.57%
Other88213315.08%
Multiple3153912.38%
Native1032726.21%

15.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.70%

Male Poverty Rate

17.21%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tupelo

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tupelo is Black, with 27.38% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tupelo is White, with 7.77% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.96%.

Tupelo Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.03%
High School17.19%
Some College11.47%
Bachelors or Greater3.63%

Tupelo Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed43.36%
Male Unemployed17.18%
Female Employed10.47%
Male Employed5.48%

Tupelo Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Tupelo Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$50,694$69,142
Families$61,861$83,134
Married Families$82,228-
Non Families$26,838$39,577
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Income by Household Type

Tupelo Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

43.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.5%

Male Marriage Rate

39.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Tupelo Married by Age and Sex

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Tupelo Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Tupelo Marital Status by Race

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Tupelo Marital Status

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1,858

Number of Veterans

1,731

Male Veterans

127

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam435
First Gulf War368
Second Gulf War344
Korea164
World War II58

Tupelo Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+576
35 to 54561
65 to 74361
55 to 64212
18 to 34148

Tupelo Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,4378.49%
Black3833.77%
Hispanic646.86%
2+ Races1818.00%
Asian104.18%
Native American1010.87%

Tupelo Veterans by Race

Tupelo Veterans by Education

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9.73%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.94%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tupelo Veterans by Education

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63.1%

Labor Force Participation

59.6%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Tupelo Employment by Age

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Tupelo Employment by Race

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Tupelo Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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72.47%

Born in Tupelo

96.86%

Native Born

3.14%

Foreign Born

2.70%

Non Citizen

0.44%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.86% of Tupelo residents were born in the United States, with 72.47% having been born in Mississippi. 2.70% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Tupelo Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202138,432600.16%
202038,372600.16%
201938,312600.16%
201838,252600.16%
201738,192-70-0.18%
201638,262-54-0.14%
201538,316-101-0.26%
201438,417-166-0.43%
201338,5831220.32%
201238,4613020.79%
201138,1594751.26%
201037,6843,4730.97%
200034,2113,5261.09%
199030,6856,7802.53%
198023,9053,4341.56%
197020,4713,2501.74%
196017,2215,6944.10%
195011,5273,3153.45%
19408,2121,8512.59%
19306,3611,3062.32%
19205,0551,1742.68%
19103,8812,3819.97%
19001,5000.00%

Tupelo Population by Year