Creating an education-centered community was part of the core vision for Oxford when it was founded in 1837, and today, its reputation for higher pursuits is still among its most defining traits, with its excellent university, award-winning schools and distinctive arts and culture scene.
Founded in 1837, Oxford, Mississippi was named after the English university town of the same name in the hopes that the connotation would result in founding the state university here. As the seat of Lafayette County, in 1848, Oxford was successful in its bid for the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss. As envisioned, the university is at the heart of the town’s community and identity with an impact that reaches far beyond campus.
Oxford is a small town with a population of just fewer than 24,000 residents.
“People call it the ‘greatest little city,’” says Rich Joyce, whose family relocated from Kansas City eight years ago. “It’s a gem — a quaint, unique place with a small-town feel.”
In fact, that’s just why the Joyce family has stayed. At the time that they moved from a metropolitan area, their children were entering their sophomore, seventh grade and kindergarten years of school, and they worried about how they’d adjust.