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Quality of Life in Yalobusha County

Quality of Life: Community Profiles

Water Valley

Water Valley, the largest town, with a population of about 3,700, is located in the northeastern part of the county, almost equidistant from three larger communities in adjoining counties. It’s just a 20-minute drive to Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”), with its multitude of cultural and sporting events as well as outstanding dining and shopping.

Water Valley is home to one of the county’s two courthouses and to the consolidated Water Valley School District’s two schools. Nearby Enid Lake and its associated natural areas provide excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation, including boating, fishing, hunting, camping, and trail riding.

Community pride is evident in Water Valley. A growing arts community, garden clubs, and the refurbishment of historic downtown buildings is making Water Valley an ever more attractive place to live. The community won the Best Public Improvement Project award in 2008 for its Main Street improvement efforts, and the Town and Country Garden Club won first place in a six-state competition for its work in restoring the downtown Railroad Park and Pavilion.


Coffeeville, population 922, is located nearly in the center of the county, offering a short commute to centers of employment in the nearby communities of Water Valley, Oxford, and Grenada.

Yalobusha County has two judicial districts and two school consolidated school districts. Coffeeville is home to one of the two courthouses, recently renovated, and to the Coffeeville School District’s two schools: an elementary school (grades pre-K through 7) and high school (grades 8 through 12).

Situated between Enid Lake and Grenada Lake, Coffeeville residents find many opportunities for outdoor recreation on the lakes and in the adjoining state parks. Warm summers and mild winters provide a long season for enjoying the outdoors.


Oakland is an idyllic small town of 624 located in the far northwestern part of the county adjacent to Interstate 55, providing convenient access to a string of cities from Memphis, TN, to Jackson, MS, and farther south. Oakland is also served by the Grenada Railway LLC, providing rail connectivity from Chicago to New Orleans.

A new Windsor Foods plant on the north side of Oakland employs approximately 190 people and produces ready-to-eat frozen food products distributed to major retailers, food services, and chain restaurants. The plant is on the verge of initiating a third shift, providing additional employment opportunities for area residents.

For those who enjoy outdoor recreation, Enid Lake and Cossar State Park are the crown jewels of Oakland. The world’s largest crappie was caught from the lake and is on display at a new fish hatchery that supplies fish for all Mississippi lakes. An aquarium and a museum at the hatchery are open to the public.


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