Starkville is a city in and the county seat of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 23,888 at the 2010 census. The campus of Mississippi State University is partially located in Starkville.
The campus of Mississippi State University is located adjacent to the east of Starkville. As of the fall of 2011, MSU is the state of Mississippi's largest university with 20,424 students, more than 4,000 graduate students, and more than 1,300 staff. The university is also the largest employer of Starkville. Students have created a ready audience for the Magnolia Film Festival. Held every February, it is the oldest film festival in the state. Other major events held in Starkville and heavily supported by the MSU Student Body are the Dudy Gras Parade, Cotton District Arts Festival, Super Bulldog Weekend, Old Main Music Festival, Ragtime Music Festival, and Bulldog Bash.