Located in the hills of northeast Mississippi, Union County is a vibrant, active locale that values its past while also building toward its future. Union County was formed from parts of neighboring Lee, Pontotoc, and Tippah counties in 1870 and citizens’ efforts to secure a railroad through New Albany in the late 1880s led to two railroads connecting the community to the north, south, east, and west. The depot clerk for one of the railroads was the father of the celebrated author William Faulkner, who was born in Union County in 1897.
Highway expansion during the 20th century ensured Union County would serve as a key transportation and trade corridor. Tracing back to the days of Morris Futorian and the birth of northeast Mississippi’s significant furniture manufacturing cluster, industrial development has been vital to the local and regional economies. The profound impact of the industrial revolution sparked by Mr. Futorian and others remains evident today in the successful location of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc. as well as numerous other industries who utilize Union County’s dedicated labor force to successfully produce their products.
The county seat, New Albany, is centrally located within the county and approximately 75 miles from Memphis, 165 miles from Birmingham, 185 miles from Jackson, and 200 miles from Nashville. Future Interstate 22 traverses the county in a northwest/southeast direction and Mississippi Highway 15 (north/south), Mississippi Highway 30 (east/west), and Mississippi Highway 178 (northwest/southeast) also serve as key transportation hubs.
Union County is also home to Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union County, which has emerged as a regional health care provider due to its modern facilities as well as the outstanding physicians and staff providing excellent quality of care to their patients. The facility features 24-hour emergency services, a state-of-the-art surgical unit, comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services, a Women’s Center, pediatric services, outpatient surgery, and more.
Quality public schools are key to any area’s long-term success and Union County is served by two excellent systems, Union County School District and New Albany School District. Both systems have recently upgraded their facilities and their schools boast some of the highest standardized scores in the State of Mississippi. In addition, New Albany is home to a satellite campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College (NEMCC), whose main campus is approximately 35 miles east of the community in Booneville. NEMCC offers various associate degree programs as well as continuing education classes, leisure learning classes, and core curriculum.
Union County is also in close proximity to the University of Mississippi, whose main campus is approximately 35 miles west of New Albany and whose Advanced Education Center is only around 25 miles to the southeast in Tupelo. Ole Miss is a comprehensive research university and its research centers work in several areas that could provide benefits to companies located in Union County. Furthermore, Blue Mountain College, Rust College, and various other institutes of higher learning are in close proximity to Union County and offer a variety of educational opportunities to area residents.
The area also offers a wealth of recreational, cultural, and leisure opportunities. The Park Along the River, Tanglefoot Trail®, Union County Heritage Museum, Ingomar Indian Mounds, and various other destinations provide residents and visitors a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy throughout the year.
With its location along future Interstate 22 as well as its low cost of living and excellent quality of life, Union County is primed for continued growth and development in the coming years. Thank you for taking time to visit our website and please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any additional information.