Fulton, Mississippi

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Fulton, Mississippi
City
Location of Fulton, Mississippi
Location of Fulton, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°15′58″N 88°24′5″W / 34.26611°N 88.40139°W / 34.26611; -88.40139Coordinates: 34°15′58″N 88°24′5″W / 34.26611°N 88.40139°W / 34.26611; -88.40139
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Itawamba
Government
 • Mayor Lynette Weatherford
Area
 • Total 8.9 sq mi (22.9 km2)
 • Land 8.6 sq mi (22.3 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 341 ft (104 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,882
 • Density 450.3/sq mi (173.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38843
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-26300
GNIS feature ID 0670269

Fulton is a city in and the county seat of Itawamba County, Mississippi [1]. The population was 3,882 at the 2000 census.

This city is part of the Tupelo Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

Fulton is located at 34°15′58″N 88°24′5″W / 34.26611°N 88.40139°W / 34.26611; -88.40139 (34.266110, -88.401358)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23 km2), of which 8.6 square miles (22 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (2.60%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Fulton, c. 1890s
Fulton, 1938

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,882 people, 1,357 households, and 891 families residing in the city. The population density was 450.3 people per square mile (173.9/km²). There were 1,508 housing units at an average density of 174.9 per square mile (67.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.69% White, 14.61% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 1,357 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 18, 21.3% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,449, and the median income for a family was $42,287. Males had a median income of $33,490 versus $23,278 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,540. About 9.7% of families and 16.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

BlueFire Renewables is building a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton. [4]

Transportation[edit]

The historic Mississippian Railway provides rail service to local companies.

The Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway provides water transportation for industries in Fulton.

Television broadcasting[edit]

Education[edit]

The City of Fulton is served by the Itawamba County School District.

Controversy[edit]

Main article: 2010 Itawamba County School District prom controversy

On April 3, 2010, school officials canceled the local prom in response to a court order requiring them to let a local student attend with her same-sex date. Allegations were made against the school of being biased and "unfair"[1]. In response to the canceled prom, local citizens decided to hold two private proms outside the school system's jurisdiction—one that was announced publicly, and one secret private prom [2]. The girl and her same-sex date were directed to attend the publicly announced event, attended by only a handful of students, instead of the secret private prom that most students attended.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ PRNewswire. 'BlueFire Renewables Signs 15 Year Feedstock Supply Contract for Fulton, MS Cellulosic Ethanol Facility.' Sept. 27, 2010