Best Place to Raise Kids in Mississippi: Pontotoc

Nearby city: Tupelo
Population: 5,760
Median family income: $53,422
Avg. school math score: 83.78 (State avg.: 58.64)
Avg. school reading score: 68.68 (State avg.: 50.24)

Pontotoc, seat of Pontotoc County, is in the northeast corner of the state, less than 30 minutes to the east of Tupelo, birthplace of Elvis Presley. Forty-five minutes in the opposite direction (west) is Oxford, home of another great American genius, William Faulkner, and of one of the preeminent universities of the South, the University of Mississippi, commonly referred to as “Ole Miss.”

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