Puckett, Mississippi

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Puckett, Mississippi
town
Nickname(s): Home to 300 good friendly folks, "and a few old soreheads"
Location of Puckett, Mississippi
Location of Puckett, Mississippi
Coordinates: 32°4′59″N 89°46′40″W / 32.08306°N 89.77778°W / 32.08306; -89.77778Coordinates: 32°4′59″N 89°46′40″W / 32.08306°N 89.77778°W / 32.08306; -89.77778
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Rankin
Government
 • Type mayor, aldermen
 • mayor Russ Espiritu
Area
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 341 ft (104 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 354
 • Density 175.6/sq mi (67.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39151
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-60360
GNIS feature ID 0676410
Website http://www.puckettms.org/

Puckett is a town/village in Rankin County, Mississippi. The population was 354 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The first settlement at this location was in 1837, and the earliest name given to it was Clear Creek. One of the first settlers was Calvin Boone. A man known only by the surname Merchant is credited with building the first water mill in the area, and with blazing a road along a ridge leading to another settlement then known as Shiloh. Settlers came from Alabama. One of them, A. A. Burnham, applied for a post office in 1890, asking that it either be named Clear Creek or Burnham. Due to these names already being used, the post office was named Puckett, for the Puckett family, which came from nearby Tishamingo.[citation needed]. Early in its history, a traveling show wintered there for a number of years, and attendance caused the town to be nicknamed "the largest little show place in the world".[citation needed] In the 1950s a sign was erected, saying "Welcome to Puckett 300 good friendly folks and a few old sore heads".

Geography[edit]

Puckett is located at 32°4′59″N 89°46′40″W / 32.08306°N 89.77778°W / 32.08306; -89.77778 (32.083100, -89.777658).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), of which 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) is land and 0.50% is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 354 people, 136 households, and 110 families residing in the village. The population density was 175.6 people per square mile (67.7/km²). There were 151 housing units at an average density of 74.9 per square mile (28.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.33% White, 2.82% African American, and 0.85% from two or more races.

There were 136 households out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.1% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 3.1% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,625, and the median income for a family was $41,000. Males had a median income of $30,179 versus $21,458 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,909. About 11.5% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Puckett became the educational center of South Rankin in the early 20th Century.[3] The town of Puckett is served by the Rankin County School District.

Public schools[edit]

  • Puckett Attendance Center (Grades K-12)

Sports[edit]

The Puckett Wolves advanced to the MHSAA 1-A Football Championship in 2002 and 2006–2008, winning the championship in 2002, 2006 & 2008.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ John Virgil Gates: "A Land of the Pines", A Short History of South Rankin County, Mississippi, Zabava Printing, Pleasanton, Tex., 1979, p. 36.