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Facts About Tunica County
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We wanted to share some facts on Tunica and the surrounding area. The county of Tunica has undergone such a tremendous change in the last few years. We thought they may be of interest. 2002
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Tunica is the Third Largest Destination in the United States based on gaming revenue.
County population: 8,164
Tunica City Population: 1,175
More than 50,000 people a day visit the casinos in Tunica County.
10 million visitors annually
Presently in Tunica county - 9 Casinos
Hotel rooms: 6,000
Dining establishments - 40+
Casinos employ : about 15,000
Annual stats - $1.2 Billion in Tunica County
Tunica county receives 4% of the gross gaming revenue. Of this 12% goes to schools, 2% to the Levee Board, 4% to the town of Tunica, the balance goes in to a General fund.
Since first started in Tunica county in 1992, over $3 billion have been invested in the County. In 1999 the Tunica county casinos paid over $100 million in state and local taxes. The total assistance to needy families has been reduced 90% since 1992. A collection increase in child support of 2,700%. Plus a 70% reduction in Food stamp distribution. Since the casinos opened the average salary has increased 25%+. To say the least, these figures show how much the impact of the gaming industry has changed Tunica county from one of the poorest counties in the USA to one of prosperity and success.
Climate: January average temperature - 47 degrees
July average temperature - 81 degrees
Average annual rainfall - 49.2 inches
Growing season - 200-260 days
Cost of living index: 85.23*
An index of less than 100.00 indicates a cost of living lower than the national average.
#1 Industry in Mississippi, with 20 billion annual impact Tunica County is ranked in the state:
5th in rice production
6th in Soybean production
8th in wheat, grain and sorghum production
10th in cotton acreage
Catfish production has a $6.75 million impact
Farm production contributes about $70 million per year to the local economy.
Did you know?
Mississippi means Father of the Waters.
65% of all catfish in the USA comes from Mississippi's 95,000 acres of catfish farms.
PTA (Parent Teacher Association) was founded in Mississippi in 1909.
America's first Memorial day was in Columbus, Ms April 26, 1866
Downtown Tunica Events:
Tunica Chili Contest and Octoberfest held during October
Shoppers of Old Town Tunica Christmas Open House - November 19
Season of Lights, Tree light, Chamber open house Dec 1
Rivergate Barbecue Festival - April
The Maker's Market - March Expo Center
For more information on Tunica www.tunicachamber.com
Robinsonville and Casino Area Events:
Fourth of July Fireworks