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Location of Leland, Mississippi
|• Total||2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)|
|• Land||2.1 sq mi (5.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||125 ft (38 m)|
|• Density||2,670.2/sq mi (1,031.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0672400|
Farming is the basis of the local economy. Mississippi State University and the federal government maintain an agriculture research station at Stoneville on Leland's outskirts. Cotton, soybeans, rice and corn are the leading crops.
Leland is in the heart of blues country and has produced a number of national and regionally famous blues musicians. There are five Mississippi Blues Trail markers in Leland commemorating the small town's significant contribution to blues history. Highway 61, mentioned in numerous blues recordings, runs through the town and gives its name to the community's blues museum. Leland is the burial place of the folk artist and blues musician James "Son" Thomas, who lived for many years along the railroad tracks. Thomas is buried beneath a gravestone donated by musician John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Blues musician Johnny Winter spent part of his childhood in Leland. Winter’s grandfather and father, a former mayor of Leland, operated J.D. Winter & Sons, a cotton business. One of the Blues Trail markers in Leland is dedicated to Winter.
The community is the birthplace of Kermit the Frog, a Muppet created by Jim Henson, who was born in nearby Greenville, but raised in Leland. The city has a museum along the banks of Deer Creek celebrating Henson's accomplishments.
Leland was selected as the site for the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum, scheduled to open in 2016.
Leland is located at (33.405118, -90.897194).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), of which 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (1.44%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,502 people, 1,943 households, and 1,414 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,670.2 people per square mile (1,031.2/km²). There were 2,095 housing units at an average density of 1,016.7 per square mile (392.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 32.01% White, 67.01% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.
There were 1,943 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 27.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.35.
In the city the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,678, and the median income for a family was $28,926. Males had a median income of $26,184 versus $20,693 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,681. About 24.0% of families and 27.5% of the population were below the poverty line, in
- Douglas A. Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Wall Street Journal was raised in Leland.
- Johnie Cooks, former college and professional football player at Mississippi State University and the NFL, is from Leland.
- Muppet creator Jim Henson grew up in Leland.
- Singer/actress Thelma Houston was born in Leland.
- Antonio Johnson, professional football player.
- Wadada Leo Smith, a jazz trumpeter and composer, is from Leland.
- Bob Taylor, baseball player.
- Blues musician Johnny Winter spent part of his childhood in Leland.
- Major League Pitcher Matt Miller graduated at Leland High School in 1990.
- "Leland Blues Project". Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- "Johnny Winter - Leland". Mississippi Blues Commission. Retrieved December 2013.
- "Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame". Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum. Retrieved July 2014.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Antonio Johnson". Mississippi State University Athletics. Retrieved July 2014.