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A Contemporary Community At The “Top of Mississippi”

Because of its convenient location, affordability, excellent schools, quality health care, safe environment and progressive city government, Southaven has experienced strong residential and business growth since its incorporation in 1980. The current population is slightly more than 50,000 and growing. More than 5,200 new jobs have been added since 2000, and there are currently more than 1,600 businesses. To round out our community, nearly 100 churches representing dozens of different denominations and family activities provide plenty of opportunities to worship and play together. Civic and service organizations bring the arts and humanities into practice throughout Southaven. An average of 4 new families move into Southaven per day due in part to the safe and friendly place that feels like home.

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Recreation

The city of Southaven is known for its excellent parks system that provides great spaces for various outdoor activities, including organized sports and recreational enjoyment.

  • Snowden Grove Park

    The nation’s largest youth baseball complex and hosts several major baseball tournaments from across the United States, including the Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series, the USSSA Fall Nationals and the NABF World Classic. Snowden was named USSSA Complex of the Year for 2008. Summer youth baseball is also played here, attracting more than 1,650 teams each summer. Also, Snowden Grove Park has two 18-hole putt-putt miniature golf courses, as well as indoor soccer, fast pitch softball and baseball indoor batting cages and batting tunnels for live pitching.
  • Greenbrook Softball Complex

    An award winning softball complex for area leagues, equipped with restroom facilities and concessions. Over the years, the Greenbrook Complex has played host to the World Series Fast Pitch Softball tournament and to the Gulf South Conference NCAA Division II, College Softball Championship tournament.
  • The Field of Dreams

    Opened in 2004, allowing children and adults with mental and physical challenges the opportunity to participate in league softball. There is no cost to the players’ families for league participation. For more information, contact the Southaven Parks and Recreation Department at 662-890-PARK.
  • Cherry Valley Complex

    Iincludes three football fields, two soccer fields, a dirt bike track, restrooms, a concession stand, playground equipment, a picnic shelter and walking trails.
  • Central Park

    Southaven’s newest park. Its 155 acres include a 20-acre lake for fishing and small watercraft, walking trails, an 18-hole disk golf course and picnic areas.
  • Southaven Soccer Complex

    Located on Stateline Road, is home to eight soccer fields.
  • Parks

    The city’s 40 neighborhood parks offer playground equipment, picnic tables, grills and walking trails.
  • Recreation

    Two recreation facilities include a multi-purpose facility, The Arena in Southaven, for gymnastics, car shows, monthly flea market and many other events; and the Southaven Skate Park for roller hockey and skateboards.
  • Snowden House

    A renovated, early 1900s home situated between trees and gardens at Snowden Grove Park, offers a beautiful setting for receptions and other special events.
  • Baseball and Softball

    As a site that has played host to the Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series, the USSSA Fall Nationals the NABF World Classic World Series Fast Pitch Softball tournament and the College Softball Championship tournament, Southaven have as affinity for baseball and softball. Leagues of all skill levels utilize the nationally recognized complexes.
  • Tennis

    In DeSoto County, 50+ tennis league teams are registered for fall play. Clinics are available at the Southaven Tennis Center located on Freeman Lane off of Malone Road. The North Mississippi Tennis Association has more than 800 active participants. For more information, please visit the association’s website at http://www.desototennis.com.
  • High school football

    Southaven is home to two high schools and local football games are a favorite pastime for many residents, growing in popularity every year. One rivalry game that generates interest is the Odis McCord Classic (formerly known as the Mayor’s Cup), which pits the two Southaven high schools, Chargers of Southaven High School against the Jaguars of DeSoto Central High School.
  • Golf

    The Southaven Golf Center boasts a nine-hole golf course located at State Line Road and Swinnea Road, and an 18-hole disc golf course located in Central Park.
  • Recreational Play

    The City of Southaven Parks & Recreation department offers football and cheerleading in the fall as well as baseball and softball in the spring. The department also offers soccer as a year-round sport with an outdoor league in the fall and spring and an indoor league during the winter.
  • Other Sports

    Southaven also is home to a skate park that includes an inline hockey rink located at Hwy 51 and Rasco Rd. Southaven also offers involvement in a Jr. Hockey league in partnership with the Mississippi Riverkings.
  • Hunting, Fishing and Sailing at Arkabutla Lake

    Located 15 minutes away from Southaven, Arkabutla Lake is the nearest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. It is known throughout the region for its extra large crappie, a popular freshwater sport fish. A majority of the land surrounding Arkabutla Lake is open to all forms of hunting. Amenities include Class A campgrounds, four primitive camping areas, picnic facilities and shelters, nature trails, hiking trails, playgrounds, a volleyball court and acres of public land and water. Arkabutla Lake is also known for sailing, as it boasts the best sailing winds south of Chicago.
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Demographics

Population

Memphis (MSA): 2,984,926
Southaven: 50,374
Median Age (in years): 36
Male: 48.1%
Female: 51.9%
Number of Households: 18,047
Average Household Size: 2.65
Average Family Size: 3.12

Household Income

Households 18047
Median HH Income $56,105
Under $15,000 11%
$15,000 – $24,999 15%
$25,000 – $49,999 28%
$50,000 – $99,999 26%
$100,000 – $149,999 15%
$150,000 or more 5%
Homeownership rate 68.6%

Education

Less than H.S. Graduate 13%
H.S. Graduate 37%
Some College-Assoc. Degree 32%
College Grad or Higher 18%

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Area Attractions

  • Major & Minor League Sports

    With Southaven’s close proximity to Memphis, residents and visitors have access to an abundance of entertainment possibilities that are just minutes within reach. Sports fans will enjoy the prosperity of sporting events in Memphis, including Redbirds baseball at AutoZone Park, the Triple-A minor league team to the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA team, at the FedEx Forum.
  • Theater

    Known as the “South’s Finest Theatre,” the Orpheum Theatre is an 87-year-old Memphis landmark, presenting 10 to 12 large scale Broadway shows per year, such as Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Wicked, while continuing to offer performances from great entertainers like Jerry Seinfeld, Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett and many more.
  • Graceland

    Just 10 minutes north of Southaven, Graceland remains one of the Mid-South’s most popular tourist attractions. Each year, thousands of fans from around the world flock to the site to tour Elvis’ majestic home and pay their respects to one of music’s most iconic figures.
  • Music and Entertainment

    Located minutes west of Southaven in the heart of where the Blues was born, Tunica is a fast growing entertainment destination. Many of the world’s top performers are familiar faces at the multimillion-dollar showrooms. Plush hotel accommodations ranging from spacious rooms to luxurious suites are available, and a plethora of grand dining experience are offered, ranging from elegant dinners to casual get-togethers. Championship golf, tennis and sporting clays are also available.
  • Shopping

    Southaven is also a center for shopping, including a wide range of boutiques and antiques. In November 2015, Southaven welcomed the new Tanger Outlets Southaven, bringing an influx of new stores and 1200+ jobs into the community.





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Entertainment

Southaven is proud to be the home of the Landers Center, a 200,000-square-foot facility that hosts more than 1,000 events each year. The Landers Center is the home site of the Mississippi RiverKings, a professional hockey team. The RiverKings play in the Central Hockey League and are perennial playoff contenders. They host 32 home games a year from October through March (not including playoffs), with family-friendly activities each game, from Elvis impersonators to indoor fireworks displays.

The Landers Center has also been the venue for the Gulf South NCAA Division II College Basketball Men’s and Women’s Championship tournament and numerous concerts, family shows and seasonal attractions.

A local favorite, DeSoto Family Theatre, is located inside the Landers Center. It is a 400-seat state-of-the-art theater with easy access and parking. DeSoto Family Theatre productions are known locally for lively, well-choreographed performances. In addition to entertainment appropriate for the entire family, DeSoto Family Theatre provides opportunities for participation and education through audition workshops, summer camps and student matinees.

The BankPlus Amphitheatre at Snowden Grove, a 27-foot-high, 125,000-square-foot, fully functioning outdoor amphitheater can host as many as 11,000 eventgoers with both traditional fixed seating and an elevated, sloped lawn for picnic blanket-style seating or bring your own chair. Since opening in 2006, the venue has hosted A-list acts such as Dave Matthews, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, BuckCherry, Blue October, Saliva, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Bryan Adams and Hank Williams Jr.

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Seasonal Events

Each year, Southaven enjoys many community events.

  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    The Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Snowden Grove Park attracts families from all over the county to enjoy food, games and a search for their share of the 50,000 hidden, candy-filled eggs.
  • Springfest

    In April, people come from all over to participate in Springfest and the Mississippi State Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network. This festival takes place in Snowden Grove Park and features a carnival midway with fun rides, vendors, concessions and live musical entertainment. Springfest also serves as the city’s annual birthday party and the city’s premier event each year, attracting more than 50,000 visitors during the three-day festival. 2015 marked the City of Southaven’s 35th birthday.
  • Annual Fishing Rodeo

    Southaven’s Annual Fishing Rodeo takes place in May. This free event is held in Saucier Park (next to Southaven City Hall), and children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy fishing for prizes and trophies.
  • Fourth of July

    The Fourth of July is a big celebration in Snowden Grove Park. Every year, we welcome residents from Southaven and surrounding areas to enjoy live entertainment and an impressive fireworks display.
  • Veteran's Day

    Southaven is proud of its residents who served our country. Each year on Veteran’s Day, the mayor hosts a special program and complimentary lunch to honor local veterans.
  • Christmas Parade

    The annual Southaven Christmas Parade is also in December. People, organizations and businesses from all over the city come together to make this holiday event a very special one.
  • Mayor’s Breakfast with Santa

    Another popular Christmas tradition attended by more than 1,250 residents and visitors is the Mayor’s Breakfast with Santa. This Christmas breakfast includes photos with Santa for children of all ages and is held annually in the city’s Arena at Southaven.
  • Southern Lights Christmas Show

    In December, Southaven’s Central Park becomes the site of Southern Lights, which showcases more than 40 Christmas and holiday lighting displays, amassing more than one million lights. Adults and children alike are captivated by the synchronized music and lights celebrating the holiday season
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Government

The elected city officials governing the City of Southaven aim to encourage responsible and sustainable economic growth for our community. As a resource for both businesses and residents, the government seeks to provide counsel, clarity and guidance to the community and to provide a positive environment for both work and play. To learn more about the City of Southaven, visit the website here.

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Taxes

Simply put, the state of Mississippi is tax-friendly to retirees. Qualified retirement income is exempted from state income tax and Social Security is not taxed, regardless of total income. Persons 65 years of age and older are exempt from ad valorem taxes up to $75,000 of the market value on their primary residence.

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Education

Southaven boasts top-ranking schools in the state of Mississippi from primary education all the way through collegiate programs. Additionally, there is a wide range of educational options for students of any age, from elementary to post-graduate. Southaven is a progressive educational community with a diverse academic curriculum and use of classroom technologies. Visit the Schools www.desotocountyschools.org page to learn more about the various schooling options Southaven has for each level of learner.

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Healthcare

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In 2001, the hospital completed an expansion project that nearly doubled its size, expanded its labor and delivery services, and added open-heart surgery and radiation therapy. In December 2002, the hospital opened its Outpatient Diagnostic Center and Women’s Center within the hospital, which houses diagnostic equipment such as DeSoto County’s first open MRI, an advanced CT scanner and ultrasound equipment. In November 2006, Baptist officials completed a $175 million dollar expansion project. The expansion included a 400,000-square-foot, 11-story bed tower that added more than 100 acute and critical care beds to the facility. It also added a new and expanded emergency department, more operating suites and space for future additions. Most recently, U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Regional Hospitals Rankings named Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto No. 1 in the state of Mississippi. Furthermore, Baptist DeSoto was noted as having more services ranked as “high performing” than any other hospital in the state.

 

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Senior Services

Southaven is one of 15 Certified Retirement Cities in the state of Mississippi. With so much variety in recreation, sports, education, the arts and philanthropic activities, Southaven has a place for everyone to get involved. Additionally, Southaven has a variety of housing choices in a wide range of prices from patio homes to estates and from apartment complexes to senior housing. Furthermore, Southaven senior residents have peace-of-mind with the convenient access they have to a wide range of comprehensive health care services in the area. Southaven is proud to be a community that encourages healthy aging with a variety of resources. Learn More

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Local Business

An average of 7.4 new families move to Southaven per day as our city continues to bring in new business, and, consequently, new jobs. As if the great location, high-ranking schools, well-designed parks system, recognized senior community and great area health care providers aren’t enough reasons for businesses to choose Southaven, there are many financial benefits to starting or relocating a business to our city, too. Most recently, businesses that choose to move within the West End District, an area of the city currently undergoing a revitalization project, are tax exempt from all City ad valorem taxes if they meet certain requirements, as well as receive waivers of business license, permit, sewer and water tap fees. Learn more about how your business could benefit from a location in Southaven by visiting our Helpful Links page.

 

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Schools

  • Southaven and DeSoto County Schools

    Southaven schools are part of a county school system that is recognized for its academic accomplishments and innovative teaching initiatives. The DeSoto County School District provides a diverse academic curriculum, as well as opportunities to explore the arts. Every classroom is equipped with computers and internet accessibility, as well as opportunities for distance learning and one of the best technical preparatory programs in the state of Mississippi. The district has the largest gifted education population in the state, and the Gifted Instructional Management System offers a differentiated curriculum in five broad instructional areas. Computers in the Classroom, a recent statewide initiative, has placed a computer (with internet access) in all classrooms at all grade levels. Mississippi was the first state in the nation to have computers in all classrooms.
  • Northpoint Christian School

    Northpoint Christian School (K3-12) boasts a $7.5 million facility resting on 61 acres in DeSoto County. NCS is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. With more than 1,100 students, the student-faculty ratio is 14:1. The faculty averages 14 years of teaching experience with more than one-third of the staff holding master’s degrees. Upon graduation, 98 percent of NCS graduates pursue a college or university degree program, and 100 percent of graduates are accepted to college upon graduation. The mean ACT score for the Class of 2011 completing the core curriculum was 25.197, and the ACT Top Quartile Mean was 30.59. Since 1995, NCS has produced eighteen National Merit Finalists.
  • Sacred Heart School

    Sacred Heart School has been in the community since 1947 when it was founded by Sacred Heart Southern Missions. Accredited by the State of Mississippi, Sacred Heart combines an educational program with a strong academic core together with a broad offering of enrichment classes. The pre-kindergarten program offers an academic readiness program. In the kindergarten through eighth grade program, the academic core curriculum is enhanced by instruction in physical education, music, computer science and art. Spanish instruction begins in the first grade. Technology is becoming increasingly integrated into the students’ academic experiences at Sacred Heart through instruction, improved access and inclusion in classroom activities. Extracurricular offerings include opportunities for students to participate in the band, chess club and athletics, including cross-country, volleyball, basketball and cheerleading.
  • DeSoto Center

    Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi share a $7.3 million facility called the DeSoto Center. Together they offer a variety of multi-faceted programs designed to meet the needs of every student. The present 94,000-square-foot structure on a 36-acre site includes 28 classrooms, five computer labs, two science labs, one practical nursing lab, a library, a bookstore and 39 offices. Furthermore, the continued growth in student body has brought about plans for a $7.5 million expansion.
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College

    Northwest Mississippi Community College, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, offers a diversified selection of 13 programs, ranging from accountancy and business administration to pre-law and English, for students seeking an associate degree. In addition, the school’s vocational and technical programs prepare students for a variety of careers. Northwest also offers the Adult Structured Accelerated Program (ASAP), an accelerated associate degree program in business administration, elementary education or general college. Through the ASAP program, adult learners may complete their associate degree requirements in as little as two years by attending classes two nights a week and on weekends.
  • University of Mississippi

    The University of Mississippi and Northwest Mississippi Community College have formed an educational partnership on the campus. With the new Two-Plus-Two program, students have the opportunity to complete their first two years of college through the Northwest program and then complete requirements for a variety of bachelor’s degrees through the University of Mississippi program. The degree is a multidisciplinary degree tailored to meet the specific needs of every student. Students can also complete requirements for a master’s degree in education at the DeSoto Center and for a master’s degree in the programs new three-year business administration program.
  • Belhaven University

    Belhaven University has convenient campuses in both Memphis and Southaven. All campuses offer accelerated adult education and graduate degrees that fit into a working adults’ busy schedule and budget. Belhaven University offers a wide variety of adult degree programs both online or at six campus locations, one of the newest being right here in Southaven.
  • Concorde Career College

    Concorde Career College offers short, affordable, hands-on, accredited health care programs to fit any schedule. Advance your health care career with specialized training, or get your career started with entry-level programs to help begin a new health care career in as little time as nine months. Southaven is the newest location of the school’s 16 campuses across the country.
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