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Oxford, MS a national small town, is regularly covered in national newspapers and magazines for its contributions to culture and politics, and was the first presidential debate location in 2008. Oxford, MS ranks in Money magazine’s Best Places to Retire, USA Today’s Best Small Towns and Best College Towns in America.


• Lafayette County population in 2008 was 43,264; a 10 percent increase from 2000.
• The value of all property in Lafayette County as of 2008 was more than $450 million, more than double the figure from 2000. Values and properties remain steady.


Proximity to the University of Mississippi pays off in key ways:
• 600,000 people attend UM sporting events annually
• An additional 24,000 come to campus on family visits
• 14,000 attend academic and cultural activities
• These guests spend $50 million per year in Oxford
• Oxford, MS attracts retirees from all over the country. 


• Job growth in Lafayette County has outpaced growth in Mississippi and the United States in the last 20 years, growing by more than 50 percent.
• Oxford, MS - Lafayette residents are educated and discerning: 36 percent of residents have a bachelors degree, a masters degree, a Ph.D. or other advanced degree.
• Gross sales receipts for Lafayette County in 2008 were $700 million, nearly double what they were in 2000.
• The University of Mississippi contributes nearly 7,000 jobs and $223 million in annual payroll in Oxford and Lafayette County.

Sources: Mississippi State Tax Commission, Mississippi Department of Employment Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Lafayette
County Tax Collector, Oxford-Lafayette Economic Development Foundation, U.S. Census, Mississippi Department of Education