Tunica County turns to Ole Miss for help with rapidly declining population

The leaders of a south-central community try to reverse the trend and rebuild their community.

Tunica County has lost a tenth of its population in 9 years, according to the census bureau.

The Tunica County Development Coalition is working with Ole Miss to get answers and options.

The Tunica County Community Development Coalition held meetings to hear from community members facing housing issues.

Jerald Davis said he was leaving because rent had become difficult for him and his family.

“I know things are extremely high. We’ve been here about two years and I think we’re going to come back to the Tupelo area,” Davis said.

According to the coalition, the lowest rent in the county is around $600, but the average is around $800-900 for a one- or two-bedroom apartment.

Some also said there were not enough options.

“We have houses here, but I think we need low-income houses,” Virgil Roach said.

“There’s not enough housing here, and there’s not enough development, and the ones here are so high that you can’t afford to stay here,” Ruby Vinson said.

The coalition told FOX13 reporter Tom Dees that the county is losing educators and college graduates because of the problem and because there aren’t enough opportunities here.

Vinson said her granddaughter moved out because of it.

” There is nothing here. If you didn’t have a casino, you had nothing. That’s why kids go to college and mind their own business. My granddaughter graduated from college and continued her work because there is nothing here,” Vinson said.

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