Leakesville, Mississippi

Leakesville, Mississippi
Location of Leakesville, Mississippi
Location of Leakesville, Mississippi
Leakesville, Mississippi is located in the United States
Leakesville, Mississippi
Leakesville, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 31°9′14″N 88°33′21″W / 31.15389°N 88.55583°W / 31.15389; -88.55583Coordinates: 31°9′14″N 88°33′21″W / 31.15389°N 88.55583°W / 31.15389; -88.55583
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Greene
Area
[1]
 • Total 1.59 sq mi (4.11 km2)
 • Land 1.58 sq mi (4.10 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
108 ft (33 m)
Population
 ( 2010)
 • Total 898
 • Estimate 
(2019) [2]
894
 • Density 565.11/sq mi (218.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39451
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-39840
GNIS feature ID 0672343
Website leakesvillems.com

Leakesville is a town located along the Chickasawhay River in Greene County, Mississippi, United States. It is served by the junction of Mississippi routes 57 and 63.[3] As of the 2010 census, the rural town population was 898,[4] down from 1,026 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Greene County, Mississippi.[5]

History

Like most of Mississippi, this area was part of the traditional territory of the historic Choctaw. Under the Indian Removal Act of 1830, they were forced to cede their lands in this area to the United States. The Choctaw were the first of the Southeast Five Civilized Tribes to be removed to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), west of the Mississippi River. Some members remained in the state and their descendants have maintained cultural identity. They gained federal recognition as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

A post office called Leakesville has been in operation since 1829, when European Americans established a settlement here.[6] The town was named for Walter Leake, third governor of Mississippi.[7] The area was developed for cotton plantations in the nineteenth century, and remains mostly rural.

Geography

Leakesville is in southeastern Greene County, on the west side of the Chickasawhay River, a south-flowing tributary of the Pascagoula River. Via Mississippi Highway 63, it is 20 miles (32 km) south to Lucedale and 19 miles (31 km) northwest to Sand Hill. Via Highway 57, it is 24 miles (39 km) north to State Line and 17 miles (27 km) west to McLain.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Leakesville has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), of which 0.0039 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.31%, is water.[4]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 466
1920 555 19.1%
1930 562 1.3%
1940 834 48.4%
1950 893 7.1%
1960 1,014 13.5%
1970 1,090 7.5%
1980 1,120 2.8%
1990 1,129 0.8%
2000 1,026 −9.1%
2010 898 −12.5%
Est. 2019 894 [2] −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the 2010 United States Census, There were 898 people living in the town. 78.0% were White, 20.0% African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% of some other race and 1.2% of two or more races. 2.3% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,026 people, 390 households, and 262 families living in the town. The population density was 647.9 people per square mile (250.7/km2). There were 463 housing units at an average density of 292.4 per square mile (113.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 79.92% White, 19.40% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.49% from other races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 390 households, out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 27.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 71.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,731, and the median income for a family was $33,618. Males had a median income of $30,208 versus $19,167 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,674. About 17.0% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.0% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

Greene County High School

The Mississippi Department of Corrections South Mississippi Correctional Institution is located in unincorporated Greene County, near Leakesville.[10][11]

Education

Leakesville is served by the Greene County School District. Schools include Greene County High School, Leakesville Junior High School, and Leakesville Elementary School.

Notable people

References

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