St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Location of Lexington, Mississippi
|• Mayor||Clint Cobbins|
|• Total||2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)|
|• Land||2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||233 ft (71 m)|
|• Density||825.6/sq mi (318.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0672434|
Lexington is located at (33.114329, -90.051191).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,025 people, 725 households, and 503 families residing in the city. The population density was 825.6 people per square mile (319.1/km²). There were 802 housing units at an average density of 327.0 per square mile (126.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 31.36% White, 67.26% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.64% Asian, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98% of the population.
There were 725 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 26.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,163, and the median income for a family was $29,732. Males had a median income of $25,750 versus $17,328 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,614. About 32.7% of families and 37.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 54.5% of those under age 18 and 28.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 Census, the racial composition of the city was:
- 71.8% Black or African American;
- 27.0% White
- 0.06% from other races;
- 0.5% Asian;
- 0.5% from two or more races;
- 0.1% American Indian;
- 0.0% Pacific Islander.
The city of Lexington is served by the Holmes County School District. Elementary Schools L.E.S., Jacob Joshua McClain Middle School and Jacob Joshua McClain High School.
- Malachi Favors, jazz bassist
- B.B. King, lived in Lexington
- Charles Harrison Mason, founder of the Church of God in Christ
- Edmond Favor Noel, Governor of Mississippi
- Lonnie Pitchford, blues musician born in Lexington
- Monroe Saffold Jr., American bodybuilder, first place Masters Mr. America AAU, tall division 1990
- Hazel Brannon Smith, first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing (1914–1994)
- Neely Tucker, journalist, author
- Hattie Winston, American television, film and Broadway actress
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lexington has a humid subtropical climate, in common with the vast majority of the American South.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Contact Us." Central Holmes Christian School. Retrieved on March 23, 2013. "130 Robert E. Lee Street Lexington, MS 39095"
- Climate Summary for Lexington, Mississippi
- History of Lexington's Jewish community (from the Institute of Southern Jewish Life)
- A Final Yom Kippur in the Delta for Mississippi Community Begun in 1830s (from The Forward)