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Olive Branch is a city in DeSoto CountyMississippi. The population was 33,484 at the 2010 census. Olive Branch is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee and is part of the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region that consists of three counties in southwest Tennessee, five counties in northwest Mississippi, and two counties in eastern Arkansas. From 1990 to 2010 Olive Branch was the fastest growing city in the United States with a growth rate of 838%.[1] Along with other rapidly growing suburbs in DeSoto County, Olive Branch attributes most of its growth and development to the exodus of large numbers of middle-class families from central Memphis.
Olive Branch was incorporated as a town on May 1, 1874. Ben Wesson was elected as the first mayor.[8] At the first census conducted after incorporation in 1880, the population was 73. A railroad line was built through Olive Branch in 1885, connecting the town to Memphis and Birmingham. The town was officially designated a village on March 6, 1888.[6] The 1990s were a period of explosive growth in the city; 3,567 people lived in Olive Branch at the 1990 census. In 1996, a land annexation to the west doubled the city's total land area.[7] By 2000, the population had risen to 21,054, a 490 percent increase over the 1990 figure.
Many locally owned, small businesses have been operating in Olive Branch for several decades. Examples are Old Style Barbecue, Olive Branch Printing, etc. Several regional businesses, such as Bancorpsouth and Holiday Inn are also located in the area. Also,in 2003, Memphis lost its only permanent indoor ice rink with the closure of the deeply troubled Mall of Memphis. A new rink opened in Olive Branch in August 2011.

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