DeSoto County in Mississippi was organized in 1836 with only 204 early settlers documented as having paid taxes. Just four years later, in 1840, the county boasted nearly 7,000 people. Today, DeSoto County’s population is over 170,000, and these residents know how to have fun!
The county is named for Hernando de Soto, a Spanish explorer and a leader in the Spanish conquest who headed the first European expedition into what is now the United States. DeSoto was the first recorded European to cross the Mississippi River. DeSoto County is home the cities of Southaven, Olive Branch, Hernando, Horn Lake, Walls, and Memphis in Mississippi.
DeSoto County is proud of its rich history that includes stories of Hernando DeSoto, early Native Americans, and Civil War battles. Residents are proud of the Mississippi Blues Trails that honor the birth of blues music, and connections to musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and to writer John Grisham. Much of DeSoto’s history can be experienced in the DeSoto County Museum. Other attractions in DeSoto County include agriculture tourism, arts, entertainment, antiquing, shopping, golf, sailing, fishing, parks, greenways, and more. Each of the cities in DeSoto County offers its own unique form of entertainment so you’re never far from fun in DeSoto County.
The percentage of DeSoto County’s homeowners have occupied their houses for more than a year is 85.9%, creating a close-knit community appeal. Homes in the area are estimated at an average of more than $150,000. Residents have a commute time of less than thirty minutes. The median household income in DeSoto County is over $55,000. Desoto County is home to nearly two-dozen elementary/intermediate schools, eight middle schools, eight high schools, and two career technology centers. DeSoto County has a graduation rate of over 85%.
DeSoto County combines uptown sophistication with small town allure and dynamic soul. Only minutes from Memphis, Tennessee, DeSoto’s delightful towns are full of character, rich in history, and openly display southern hospitality and up-town funk. The communities in DeSoto, Mississippi are small town communities, each with its own unique style, charm, and offerings in history, art, food, and entertainment.
Whether you’re looking for natural beauty and backwoods fun, or the man-made luxuries of fine foods and luxury lifestyles, DeSoto County has you covered. There’s something here for every member of the household to enjoy. Give Mark and Debra a call at 901-239-6041 to talk about how you can find your dream home in Desoto County, Mississippi.