Chickasaw County provides a small-town atmosphere with an abundance of Southern hospitality. Like many rural areas in northeast Mississippi, Chickasaw County has a strong agricultural base with significant production of cotton, corn, soybeans, timber, pork, and catfish among other items. In addition, the county has also been active and aggressive in attracting industry. In fact, when you look at the number of manufacturing jobs in comparison to overall employment, Chickasaw County has one of the highest percentages in the entire nation.
One of the county’s primary industrial tenants is Franklin Corporation, which is one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the world. In addition to upholstered furniture and wood products, Chickasaw County industries also produce a wide variety of other goods such as polyfoam, carpet underlay, PVC pipe, wood turnings, shipping containers, specialize farming equipment, cabinets, and steel fabrication. Manufacturing is vital to the region and Chickasaw County’s labor force is known for its steadfast commitment and dedication.
In addition to agriculture and industry, education has also been of utmost importance to the residents of Chickasaw County over the years. Houston is home to the first Carnegie Library in the State of Mississippi (constructed in 1909) and its value of education remains evident today as the community is home to the “Sundancer” solar car, which is a world-class, state-of-the-art vehicle developed by students at Houston High School. The “Sundancer” has won several national competitions and is a point of pride for many Chickasaw County residents. Okolona built a Carnegie Library of its own in 1915 and the two libraries as well as the Houlka Public Library are now a part of the Dixie Regional Library System.
Chickasaw County has an abundance of fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreational activities for residents and visitors to enjoy throughout the year. The Natchez Trace Parkway, Davis Lake, Tanglefoot Trail®, and the Chickasaw Wildlife Management Area are just a few of the destinations providing excellent means to experience the natural beauty of Chickasaw County and its communities.
With its low cost of living, vast natural resources, and strong sense of community, Chickasaw County provides a wealth of opportunities to residents, businesses, and visitors. Thank you for visiting our website and please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any additional information.