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Southaven, a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee and a principal city in the Memphis metro area. The 2010 census reflected a population of 48,982, making Southaven the third largest city in Mississippi. Southaven is traversed from north to south by the I-55/I-69 Freeway. While its name would indicate otherwise, the city of Southaven is actually in the northwesternmost corner of Mississippi. The name derives from the fact that Southaven is located south of Whitehaven, a neighborhood in Memphis.HistorySouthaven began as a village when Memphis homebuilder Kemmons Wilson (founder of Holiday Inn) wished to developed a few residential subdivisions featuring small starter homes just inside the Mississippi border from Whitehaven, Tennessee, an unincorporated suburb of Memphis. Whitehaven was eventually annexed by Memphis. Officially incorporated in 1980, Southaven is one of the fastest growing cities in the southeast United States. In just 20 years, Southaven doubled its land area while its population tripled. Like the rest of DeSoto County, Southaven's growth has been attributed mostly to the white flight from Memphis, though the percentage of blacks has risen sharply since the 2000 census resulting from black flight.The construction of Interstate 55 through Southaven in the 1970s helped to promote growth and make for easier access to the city from Memphis, Jackson, St. Louis, and Chicago. Interstate 69, which will eventually run from Canada to Mexico, was cosigned with I-55 in Southaven in 2007.
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