Goodman, Mississippi

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Goodman, Mississippi
Location of Goodman, Mississippi
Location of Goodman, Mississippi
Coordinates: 32°58′5″N 89°54′45″W / 32.96806°N 89.91250°W / 32.96806; -89.91250Coordinates: 32°58′5″N 89°54′45″W / 32.96806°N 89.91250°W / 32.96806; -89.91250
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Holmes
 • Mayor Debra Ann Mabry
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 266 ft (81 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,252
 • Density 1,523.3/sq mi (588.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39079
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-28220
GNIS feature ID 0670500

Goodman is a town in Holmes County, Mississippi. The population was 1,252 at the 2000 census.


Goodman was settled in 1860; first chartered on November 16, 1865; and rechartered on March 5, 1878. The town is named for the first president of the Mississippi Central Railroad.[1]

Goodman is the birthplace of John A. Lomax (1867–1948), pioneering folklorist, and David Herbert Donald (1920–2009), Pulitzer-prize-winning historian.


Goodman is located at 32°58′5″N 89°54′45″W / 32.96806°N 89.91250°W / 32.96806; -89.91250 (32.968057, -89.912625).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), of which 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) is land and 1.20% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,252 people, 280 households, and 206 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,523.3 people per square mile (589.5/km²). There were 303 housing units at an average density of 368.7 per square mile (142.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 65.81% African American, 33.23% White, 0.16% Native American, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 280 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.4% were married couples living together, 32.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.58.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 39.0% from 18 to 24, 18.1% from 25 to 44, 10.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 20 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $13,929, and the median income for a family was $14,643. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,359. About 49.0% of families and 45.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 63.0% of those under age 18 and 35.9% of those age 65 or over.


The town of Goodman is served by the Holmes County School District.

The Goodman Campus of Holmes Community College (formerly known as Holmes Junior College) is located here.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 139. 
  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. 

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