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Southaven, Mississippi

Southaven, Mississippi
From top to bottom and left to right: Southaven city hall, Southaven water tower, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, Snowden Grove Park, Lander's Center, and Southaven Towne Center
From top to bottom and left to right: Southaven city hall, Southaven water tower, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, Snowden Grove Park, Lander's Center, and Southaven Towne Center
Official seal of Southaven, Mississippi
Nickname(s): The Top of Mississippi
Location of Southaven in the State of Mississippi
Location of Southaven in the State of Mississippi
Southaven, Mississippi is located in USA
Southaven, Mississippi
Location in Ireland
Country United States
State Mississippi
County DeSoto
Incorporated April 15, 1980
Founded by Kemmons Wilson
 • Mayor Kyle Busch [I]
 • 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 (2010)[1]
 • Total 48,982
 • 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. The 2010 census reflected a population of 48,982, making Southaven the third largest city in Mississippi.[2] 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.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Demographics 3
    • Households and families 3.1
    • Racial makeup 3.2
    • Age 3.3
    • Income 3.4
  • Arts and culture 4
    • Attractions 4.1
  • Sports 5
  • Education 6
  • Media 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Southaven began as a village when Memphis homebuilder Kemmons Wilson (founder of Holiday Inn) wished to 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. Officially incorporated in 1980, 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.

The construction of Interstate 55 through Southaven in the 1970s helped to promote growth and make for easier access to the city from Memphis, Jackson, St. Louis, and Chicago. Interstate 69, which will eventually run from Canada to Mexico, was cosigned with I-55 in Southaven in 2007.[3]

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.

The exponential growth of Memphis International Airport (2 miles north of the city limits) in the 1980s led to increased air traffic over Southaven. The city continues to see large amounts of air traffic from Memphis International Airport, as both North/South runways lead directly over the city.[4]

October 2005 saw the opening of Southaven's first 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.[5]

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.[6]

In the late 2000s, an outlet mall was proposed for Southaven. The planned mall, to be called Tanger Outlets Southaven, would include over 90 outlet stores, two hotels, and numerous restaurants at the intersection of I-55/I-69 and Church Road. Construction began in January 2015 with an estimated opening date in November 2015.

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.


The center of the city is approximately 14 miles from Downtown Memphis, and six miles from Memphis International Airport.[7]


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.


Households and families

As of the census of 2010, there were 48,982 people and 13,125 families residing in the city. The population density was 1499.9 people per square mile (580/km²). There were 19,101 housing units at an average density of 339.3 per square mile (131.0/km²).

There were 19,904 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.16.

Racial makeup

The racial makeup of the city was 71.0% White, 22.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.0% from other races, 1.7% from two or more races, and Hispanic or Latino, 5.0% of the population.


In the city the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 20, 13.5% from 20 to 30, 15.8 from 30 to 40, 13.8% from 40 to 50, 11.1% from 50 to 60, and 14.9 who were 60 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years.


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.[2]

Arts and culture



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- to 19-year-old divisions are represented by teams from across the country.[10]


Colleges and universities:

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:


  • Desoto Times Today


  1. ^ [United States Census Bureau] "American FactFinder"] . Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Interstate 55". 
  4. ^ "Memphis International Airport Safety/Environment". 
  5. ^ "Memphis, Tennessee Retail Market". Southeast Real Estate Business. September 2006. Retrieved on July 31, 2014.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Google Earth". 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "[2]". Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series. Retrieved on July 30, 2014.

External links

  • City of Southaven
  • Southaven Chamber of Commerce
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