Baldwyn, Mississippi

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Baldwyn, Mississippi
Downtown Baldwyn, 2011
Downtown Baldwyn, 2011
Motto: the city on the move
Location of Baldwyn, Mississippi
Location of Baldwyn, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°30′32″N 88°38′22″W / 34.50889°N 88.63944°W / 34.50889; -88.63944Coordinates: 34°30′32″N 88°38′22″W / 34.50889°N 88.63944°W / 34.50889; -88.63944
Country United States United States
State  Mississippi
Counties Lee, Prentiss
 • Total 11.6 sq mi (30.0 km2)
 • Land 11.5 sq mi (29.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 404 ft (123 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 3,297
 • Density 280/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38824
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-02700
GNIS feature ID 0666483
Baldwyn, Mississippi (upper right) is on Highway 370, due north of Tupelo, via Hwy 45.

Baldwyn is a city in Lee and Prentiss counties, Mississippi. Baldwyn is located on Highway 370, due north of Tupelo. It was incorporated by Act of the Legislature in Tishomingo and Itawamba counties on April 1, 1861. The population was 3,297 at the 2010 census.


Baldwyn is an outgrowth of the village of Carrollville: when the Mobile and Ohio Railroad was being built during the years of 1848 to 1861, it missed Carrollville by one and one-half miles and the citizens moved to the new town of Baldwyn, which was named for the civil engineer who surveyed the road through the town. Tishomingo, chief of the Chickasaw, lived at old Carrollville but died at Little Rock, Arkansas in 1839 of smallpox while being moved west with his tribe. On March 16, 1942 two tornadoes, only twenty-five minutes apart, struck Baldwyn and killed 65 persons.


Baldwyn is located at 34°30′32″N 88°38′22″W / 34.50889°N 88.63944°W / 34.50889; -88.63944 (34.508943, -88.639436).[2] The city straddles the boundary between Prentiss County on the north and Lee County on the south. In the 2000 census, 1,892 of the city's 3,321 residents (57.0%) lived in Prentiss County and 1,429 (43.0%) in Lee County.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30.0 km²), of which 11.5 square miles (29.9 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.1 km²) (0.43%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,321 people, 1,331 households, and 886 families residing in the city. The population density was 287.9 sq mi). There were 1,472 housing units at an average density of 127.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 54.53% White, 43.87% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.30% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 1,331 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 79.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,016, and the median income for a family was $37,598. Males had a median income of $27,162 versus $21,174 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,430. About 19.9% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.9% of those under age 18 and 23.3% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Baldwyn is served by the Baldwyn School District.


The Booneville/Baldwyn Airport is owned by the cities of Booneville and Baldwyn. It is located in Prentiss County, six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) southwest of Booneville's central business district.[5]

Notable residents[edit]


Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Mississippi 2000-2006" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for 8M1 (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 30 June 2011.
  6. ^ Kollath, Carlie (March 10, 2009). "Pendergest-Holt arrested in fraud probe". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Journal Publishing Company, Inc.). Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Baldwyn, Mississippi

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