Community Information, Tunica County, mS
Tunica County, MS is located in the heart of the Lower Mississippi Delta approximately 30 miles South of Memphis, TN. Tunica County was one of the poorest communities in the United States according to the 1990 US Census.
During that time, Tunica’s economic, social, and political systems were so horrific because of the major “Sugar Ditch” problems when Rev. Jessie Jackson visited Tunica, MS in 1985, that he proclaimed Tunica as the “Ethiopia of America” (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-07-21/news/8502170366_1_watery-ditch-push-rev-jackson). Casino Gaming arrived in October of 1992, and badly needed jobs arrived in the region and the devastated public schools finally received money to buy books, repair buildings, and pay teachers.
Tunica County, MS is still a very poor community even with the arrival of casino gambling. Tunica County Population according to the 2010 Census is 10,778 persons. 76.3% are People of Color. 52.6% of the population is Female. 27.2% of the population is below poverty. Tunica County, MS also leads the nation in obesity, teen pregnancy, and heart disease.
Currently, Tunica County, MS has a public school system with 6 schools and 1 private academy system. The Casino gaming in Tunica, MS is at an all-time low because of the harsh economic downturn of 2008 and the over saturation of new casino in the US. Currently Tunica County is leading the state in unemployment because of recent casino closures.
Tunica County School District: