Population estimate keeps Tupelo at No. 7

By NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo remains the state’s seventh-largest city, recent U.S. Census population estimates show.
Tupelo grew from 36,010 in mid-2008 to 36,336 in mid-2009. The city is also in the midst of an annexation effort that could add 2,800 residents to its rolls.
According to the estimates, released Tuesday, Jackson is the state’s most populous city with 175,021 people, followed by Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Southaven, Meridian, Tupelo, Greenville, Olive Branch and Clinton.
The latest numbers reflect the growth of the DeSoto County, which now has fourth and ninth largest cities. In the 2000 Census, only Southaven was in the top 10, at eighth.
The only other Northeast Mississippi city among the 25 largest this year is Starkville, at 14th.

Top 10 in 2009
Jackson
Gulfport
Hattiesburg
Biloxi
Southaven
Meridian
Tupelo
Greenville
Olive Branch
Clinton

See a full chart with numbers in today’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.