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Quality of Life

Cost of Living

All counties in the region have a low cost of living index when compared to the United States as a whole. The table below provides detail based on 2009 cost of living according to

Cost of Living by County

United StatesAlcorn CountyPrentiss CountyTishomingo County
Cost of Living Index10081.380.280.8

Cost of Living by City

In addition to having a low cost of living for each county, the table below shows cost of living for the three primary cities located in the region. According to Sperling’s Best Places, each city has a low cost of living index in all categories except utilities. Overall cost of living is still below the United States as a whole.

United StatesBoonevilleCorinthIuka
Overall Cost of Living Index100797877

Crime Rate

Property crime rates in some of the primary cities located within the TAP region is equal to the United States as a whole. The violent crime rate is lower than the United States in two cities (Booneville and Iuka) and equal to the United States in one.

Crime Rate by City

United StatesBoonevilleCorinthIuka

Poverty Rate Information

According to 2009 U.S. Census estimates, 19.7 percent of the population in the TAP region are at poverty level. This is slightly lower than the state of Mississippi at 21.4 percent and significantly higher than the U.S. at 13.4 percent.

United StatesState of MississippiTAP Region
% of Population at Poverty Level13.4%21.4%19.7%

Per Capita Income

The 2010 per capita income in the TAP region was $18,320, which is 10.9 percent lower than the state of Mississippi’s average of $20,559 and more than 34 percent lower than the United States’ average of $27,867.

United StatesState of MississippiTAP Region
2010 Per Capita Income$27,867$20,559$18,320

Public Education

Six public school systems are present in the three county TAP region. Five of the six school systems have a graduation rate at or above the state rate. Only the Alcorn County School Systems has a drop-out rate higher than the state. The Quality of Distribution Index (QDI) is a representation of the distribution of student scores across the various state-wide assessment instruments. All schools in the region have a QDI higher than the state.

Following is a table which contains select  data for each of the public school districts in the TAP region.

District NameCountyGraduation RateDrop Out RateSpending per StudentQDI
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI71.416.7$8,896154
Alcorn County School SystemAlcorn68.519.3$7,971169
Baldwyn School SystemPrentiss71.48.2$9,129159
Booneville School SystemPrentiss87.05.3$8,348197
Corinth School SystemAlcorn77.08.7$8,855184
Prentiss County School SystemPrentiss77.313.9$8,944159
Tishomingo County School SystemTishomingo85.42.8$8,345181


The TAP region is home to several hospitals and healthcare providers as outlined below.

Magnolia Regional Health Center

Located in Corinth, Magnolia Regional Health Center provides emergency and routine healthcare services. The center includes 164 beds, home nursing care, and two rural health clinics in Alcorn County.

Baptist Memorial Hospital

Located in Booneville in Prentiss County, Baptist Memorial Hospital is a 114-bed acute care hospital. It was recognized by as providing an “Outstanding Patient Experience” in 2008 and 2009.

North Mississippi Medical Center

The Iuka branch of the North Mississippi Medical Center is a 48-bed general acute care hospital. Services provided include a full laboratory, clinical pharmacy, radiology, rehabilitation and respiratory therapy.


There are many types of recreational opportunities in the TAP region.  Some of these include

  • Pickwick Lake
  • Bay Springs Lake
  • Brice’s Crossroads National Battlefield and Visitor’s Center
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Local museums
  • Local parks
  • Marinas along the Tenn-Tom Waterway
  • J. P. Coleman State Park
  • Tishomingo State Park
  • Golf Courses
  • Annual Festivals


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