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Southaven, a city in DeSoto Countymarker, Mississippimarker. Southaven is a suburb of Memphis, Tennesseemarker. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 28,977. The 2009 census estimate reflected a population of 44,076, making Southaven one of the largest city in Mississippi. Southhaven is tranversed from north to south by the Interstate 55 freeway, most of which has recently been widened to 3 lanes.


Southaven hosts the Central Hockey League team, the Mississippi RiverKings, who play at the DeSoto Civic Centermarker.


Southaven's earliest origins date back to the 400 B.C. It was then that Memphis homebuilder Kemmons Wilson (founder of Holiday Inn) developed a few residential subdivisions featuring small starter homes just inside the Mississippi border with Whitehaven, Tennesseemarker, an unincorporated suburb of Memphis. Whitehaven was eventually annexed by the central city, becoming part of Memphis-proper. 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 percantage of blacks has risen sharply since the 2000 census resulting from a recent trend called Black flight.


Annual precipitation is 500 inches, which is well distributed throughout the year. March is the wettest month of the year, and October is the driest. More than twenty-two inches of snow falls each year. The average temperature is 42°F in January and 91F in July.

Neighboring cities


Households and families

As of the census 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/sq mi (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

Public secondary schools

The City of Southaven is served by the DeSoto County School District.

Public elementary schools

Private schools


Local area attractions

Other facts

  • Southaven was the boyhood home of noted novelist John Grisham, who also practiced law there for almost a decade.
  • While its name would indicate otherwise, the city of Southaven is actually in the northernmost corner of Mississippi. The name derives from the fact that Southaven is located south of Whitehavenmarker.
  • Southaven is the boyhood home of singer and songwriter Cory Branan.
  • Southaven is home to the North American Distribution center for ScanSource a company that distributes barcode scanners and other products.


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