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home | Locations | FACTS & FIGURES FOR STARKVILLE, MISS . . .

Ivan Gillis
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Starkville, Mississippi


Starkville is a city in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, United States.


Starkville is a state certified retirement location.


Starkville is the birth place of: Jerry Rice - (born 1962), football star and greatest NFL wide receiver of all time.


The campus of Mississippi State University is located in Starkville. The university dominates the city's economy.


The early settlement of the Starkville area was started after the Choctaw inhabitants of Oktibbeha County surrendered their claims to land in the area in the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830. White settlers were drawn to the Starkville area because of two large springs. A mill southwest of town provided clapboards which gave the town its original name, Boardtown. In 1835, Boardtown was established as the county seat of Oktibbeha County and its name was changed to Starkville in honor of Revolutionary War hero General John Stark.


Johnny Cash was arrested for public drunkenness (though he described it as being picked up for picking flowers) in Starkville, which was the inspiration for his song "Starkville City Jail":


They're bound to get you,

'Cause they got a curfew,

And you go to the Starkville city jail.


The song appears on the album At San Quentin.

Local oral tradition has it that he finished a gig at what is now the 'Dark Horse Tavern' and then walked a block west to the northwest corner of Lee Boulevard (now MLK) and Montgomery Street, where he helped himself to the flower bed at the front of the house.


On March 21, 2006, Starkville became the first city in Mississippi to adopt a smoking ban for indoor public places, including restaurants and bars. This ordinance went into effect on May 20, 2006.




Population (year 2000): 21,869. Estimated population in July 2006: 22,638 (+3.5% change)


Males                          11,041                      50.5%

Females                     10,828                      49.5%

Median Age--25.2 Years

Ancestries: United States (9.2%), Irish (9.1%), English (8.6%), German (8.0%), Scotch-Irish (4.1%), Scottish (2.7%).

Races in Starkville:

  • White Non-Hispanic (64.0%)
  • Black (30.0%)
  • Chinese (1.9%)
  • Hispanic (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
  • Other race (0.6%)
  • Asian Indian (0.6%)
  • Other Asian (0.5%)


Elevation: 374 feet

Land area: 25.7 square miles.

Population density--860 per square mile--low.

Starkville-area historical tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 128% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/11/1963, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 15.0 miles away from the Starkville city center killed 2 people and injured 7 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 11/21/1992, a category 4 tornado 24.1 miles away from the city center killed 12 people and injured 122 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

In-Depth Facts and Figures as listed below, plus other information:

·        Climate Charts

1.     Average Temperature

2.     Precipitation (Rain)

3.     Humidity

4.     Wind Speed (MPH)

5.     Snowfall

6.     Sunshine

7.     Cloudy Days

·        Tornado Activity History

·        Hospitals & Medical

·        Airports

·        Colleges/Universities

·        High Schools

·        Locations of Interest

·        Shopping Centers

·        Churches

·        Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Creeks/Parks

·        Tourist Attractions

·        Banks

·        Housing Costs Information

·        Crime Statistics

·        Radio Stations AM/FM

·        TV Broadcast Stations

·        Discussion Forums


For the above information and photos, click this link:


Total Tax Burden--Data for Calculation


See article on Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Cost of Living Calculators Links:;x=36&y=3

Wikipedia Information Link:,_Mississippi








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