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Southaven, Mississippi
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Nickname(s): The Top of Mississippi
The Haven
Location of Southaven in the State of Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°58′0″N 89°59′14″W / 34.966667, -89.98722Coordinates: 34°58′0″N 89°59′14″W / 34.966667, -89.98722
Country United States
State Mississippi
County DeSoto
City April 15, 1980
 • Mayor Darren Musselwhite (R)
 • Total 34.0 sq mi (88.0 km2)
 • Land 33.8 sq mi (87.5 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 308 ft (94 m)
Population (2011)
 • Total 49,831
 • Density 1,304/sq mi (504/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 38671-38672
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-69280
GNIS feature ID 0690592

Southaven, a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee and a principal city in the Memphis metro area. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 28,977. The 2010 census reflected a population of 48,982, making Southaven the third largest city in Mississippi. Southaven is traversed from north to south by the I-55/I-69 Freeway. While its name would indicate otherwise, the city of Southaven is actually in the northwesternmost corner of Mississippi. The name derives from the fact that Southaven is located south of Whitehaven, a neighborhood in Memphis.


Southaven began as Memphis homebuilder Kemmons Wilson (founder of Holiday Inn) developed a few residential subdivisions featuring small starter homes just inside the Mississippi border from Whitehaven, Tennessee, an unincorporated suburb of Memphis. Whitehaven was eventually annexed by Memphis. Southaven is one of the fastest growing cities in the southeast United States. In just 20 years, Southaven doubled its land area while its population tripled. Like the rest of DeSoto County, Southaven's growth has been attributed mostly to the white flight from Memphis, though the percentage of blacks has risen sharply since the 2000 census resulting from black flight.

In 1988, Baptist Hospital-DeSoto opened in Southaven as a two-story hospital. In 2001, Baptist DeSoto started an expansion project, nearly doubling the size of the hospital. In 2002, Baptist Hospital-DeSoto added an Outpatient Diagnostic Center and a Women's Center. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened an eleven-story hospital tower that added 140 beds to the facility, allowing it to offer all private rooms. In addition, the new hospital tower added a new and expanded Emergency Department, more operating suites and space for future additions. It is the first high-rise building constructed in DeSoto County.

October 2005 saw the opening of Southaven's only large-scale shopping mall, Southaven Towne Center, which is located just south of Goodman Road between I-55/I-69 and Airways Boulevard. The mall is open-air with various stores and restaurants, including J.C. Penney, Dillard's, Gordman's, Sportsman's Warehouse, hhgregg, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.[1]

Numerous buildings in Southaven were damaged on February 5, 2008, when an EF-2 tornado touched down during the so-called Super Tuesday tornado outbreak. Memphis television station WREG broadcast live images of the tornado as it moved through the city and into Memphis. No fatalities were reported in Southaven.

By February 2011, Southaven became the third largest city in Mississippi.[2]

Southaven was the boyhood home of noted novelist John Grisham, who also practiced law there for almost a decade, and of singer and songwriter Cory Branan.


Southaven hosts the Southern Professional Hockey League team, the Mississippi RiverKings, who play at the Lander's Center. The team relocated from Memphis prior to the 2000-2001 season and has been the main tenant of the Lander's Center since.

Southaven's Snowden Grove Baseball Park hosts the annual Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series, where 5-19 year old divisions are represented by teams from across the country.[3]


Southaven experiences a humid subtropical climate, with average annual precipitation of nearly 55 inches, which is well distributed throughout the year. April is the wettest month of the year, and August the driest. The average daily temperature is 40°F in January and 82°F in July.

Neighboring cities[]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1970 8,931
1980 16,071 79.9%
1990 18,705 16.4%
2000 28,977 54.9%
2010 48,982 69.0%

Households And Families[]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 28,977 people, 11,007 households, and 8,134 families residing in the city. The population density was 857.9 people per square mile (331.2/km²). There were 11,462 housing units at an average density of 339.3 per square mile (131.0/km²).

There were 11,007 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.04.

Racial Makeup[]

The racial makeup of the city was 65.08% White, 25.02% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, 0.80% from two or more races, and Hispanic or Latino, 2.26% of the population.


In the city the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $46,691, and the median income for a family was $52,333. Males had a median income of $36,671 versus $26,557 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,759. About 5.3% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.


Colleges and universities:

  • University of Mississippi – Desoto
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College

Public secondary schools: The City of Southaven is served by the DeSoto County School District.

  • Southaven High School
  • DeSoto County Career and Technology Center
  • Southaven Intermediate School
  • Southaven Middle School
  • DeSoto Central High School
  • DeSoto Central Middle School

Public elementary schools:

  • Greenbrook Elementary School
  • Southaven Elementary School
  • Hope Sullivan Elementary School
  • DeSoto Central Elementary School

Private schools:

  • Northpoint Christian School
  • Church of God at Southaven Christian Academy
  • Sacred Heart School


Local area attractions[]

  • Kudzu Playhouse
  • Lander's Center
  • Tunica Casino Resort
  • Graceland
  • FedExForum
  • Beale Street
  • Autozone Park
  • Arkabutla Lake
  • Memphis Motorsports Park
  • Southaven Towne Center
  • Snowden Grove Park
  • Southaven Arena


Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
  1. ^ "Memphis, Tennessee Retail Market". Southeast Real Estate Business. September 2006. Retrieved on July 31, 2014.
  2. ^ Bailey, Henry and Yolanda Jones. "DeSoto County booming, census shows; Southaven now 3rd-largest Mississippi city" (Archive). Memphis Commercial Appeal. February 4, 2011. Retrieved on July 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "[1]". Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series. Retrieved on July 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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