Tupelo is located in the northeast corner of Mississippi, which is commonly known as the Hills
region. Tupelo is intersected by Highways 45, 78 and the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Located just 90 miles from Memphis, TN and 135 miles from Birmingham, AL, Tupelo serves as a
regional hub for the area whose population swells by 300% each day as people travel here to
work and play.
According to the U.S. census 2000 (every 10 years), Tupelo’s population is 34,211.
Tupelo’s climate is mild with average summer highs of 92 degrees and lows of 68 degrees.
Average winter temperatures range from highs of 54 degrees to lows of 32 degrees.
Long known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, the city is also home to one of the largest furniture market in the U.S., as well as the nation’s largest non-metropolitan hospital, one of only two tertiary trauma centers in the state. Tupelo’s night-time population of 35,000 swells during the day to more than 100,000 as the region’s residents converge on the city to take advantage of its many services and attractions.
Those attractions, which include the Elvis Presley Birthplace and the Natchez Trace Parkway, have helped build Tupelo’s worldwide reputation for hospitality. In addition to the biannual Tupelo Furniture Market, drawing upwards of 25,000 industry professionals, the city also hosts an entire season of seven spring and summer festivals, including the GumTree Arts Festival, Tupelo Film Festival and, of course, the Elvis Presley Festival in early summer. Now, as the Fairpark District comes into its own, city officials expect tourism to be a prime beneficiary of that growth.
Some interesting facts
Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
The name Tupelo is of Indian origin. The word Tuh Pu Lah is said to mean "to scream and
make a loud noise".
Tupelo has been named an All America City by the National Civic League in
1967, 1989 and 1999.
The North MS Medical Center is the largest non-metropolitan medical complex in
America and Tupelo’s largest employer.
Tupelo was the first city in the nation to provide its citizens with electric power through the
Tennessee Valley Authority.
The Tupelo area is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies.
Tupelo is home to the headquarters of the Natchez Trace Parkway, an All American Road
and a national scenic byway.
Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau
Street Address: 399 East Main Street
A message from the Visitors Bureau: Our staff is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Central Time.
Call (800) 533-0611 for assistance in planning your trip to Tupelo, or stop by our office for more information and to pick up brochures.