Memphis (twenty-five miles south of Munford) is the commercial and cultural hub of The Mid-South. The census defined combined statistical area covers ten counties in three states – Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. As of census 2010 the MSA had a population of 1,324,108 . The Forrest City Micropolitan area was added to the Memphis area in 2012 to form the Memphis-Forrest City Combined Statistical area and had a population of 1,369,548 according to census estimates. The greater Mid-South area as a whole has a population of 2.4 million according to 2013 census estimates. This area is covered by Memphis local news channels and includes the Missouri Bootheel, Northeast Arkansas, West Tennessee, and North Mississippi. Furthermore it has been documented that close to 100,000 people commute to Memphis daily from as far away as Western Kentucky, Northwest Alabama, and Northern Louisiana for work.
Tipton County is located on the Mississippi River north of Memphis, and is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Between 1990 and 2000 Tipton County's population grew 36.4% to 51,271 due to growth from Memphis, Tennessee. Population for 2010 from the Bureau of Census is 61,081, a 19.1% increase from 2000. Our county has plenty to offer with an abundance of agriculture and manufacturing industries. Our municipalities include Munford, Atoka, Brighton, Mason, Gilt Edge, Garland, Burlison and the county seat of Covington.
Tipton County enjoys a moderate climate. Winters are mild, springs are pleasant, summers are long and autumns are beautiful. The average rainfall is 51.16 and the average snowfall is 7.2 inches. The frost-free period normally occurs from March 20 to November 12(Two-Hundred Thirty-Six Days). The annual average temperature is 59.7 degrees, with the monthly average high temperature of January being 46.0 degrees and for July being 91.2 degrees. The monthly average low temperature for these two months is 27.4 degrees in January and 69.1 degrees in July.
In 2009, Tipton County was voted the number three safest rural community in America by The Progressive Farmer, an agricultural and country living magazine which has been in publication since 1886. With assistance from OnBoard Informatics, The Progressive Farmer rated rural communities of various sizes across America. Using crime rate numbers that measure the risk of incidence based on FBI crime data, they took into account property crime, burglary, larceny, vehicle theft, robbery and murder risk. For example, the national average is 100; 200 would be twice the average risk and 50 would be half the average risk. The Progressive Farmer rated Tipton County as a 6, which means residents are 17 times less likely to encounter crime than the average county nationwide.The major north-south route, U.S. Highway 51, bisects Tipton County into a western half and eastern half, and passes through Covington. The western boundary of Tipton County is the Mississippi River, where Tennessee meets Arkansas; however, in several places where the river's course was altered by the 1812 New Madrid earthquake, the boundary still follows the old alignment of the river, with the result that a few of Tipton County's communities — including Reverie and Corona — are exclaved on the Arkansas side, rather than the Tennessee side, of the river.
HTL Advantage is the main agency responsible for promoting Industrial & Economic Development in Tipton County, TN. HTL has worked with several other organizations and businesses to make their aspirations a reality. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the local electric service providers, Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC), West Tennessee Industrial Association (WTIA), TN Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD), local Chambers of Commerce and schools all contributed to HTL Advantage’s successes. There are two other agencies which also promote and advance Industrial and Economic Development within Tipton County: Covington-Tipton County Chamber of Commerce and the South Tipton County Chamber of Commerce