Oxford has been named by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in America. It was founded in 1836 and named after the historial British University town with the goal of attracting Mississippi's new public university. That effort was successful and The University of Mississippi opened in Oxford in 1848. Oxford and Ole Miss have thrived in a symbiotic relationship for over 160 years.
With a population of about 19,000 people, Oxford is a wonderful small town in which to live, study, and work. It has excellent K-12 schools and a branch of Northwest Mississippi Community College. It has a wide variety of retail shops, restaurants, and bars. It has a large medical community and excellent hospital. It has very good parks and recreational facilities. It has a diverse set of churches and religious groups. The academic, cultural, and athletic events on the Ole Miss campus enrich Oxford and Ole Miss is enhanced by Oxford's Southern charm.
Oxford is located the wooded hills of northern Mississippi. It is approximately an hour's drive south of Memphis, Tennessee, metropolitan area, an hour's drive west of Tupelo, Mississippi, and two and a half hours's drive north of Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital.
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