|• Type||Mayor-Council government|
|• Mayor||Parker Wiseman (D)|
|• Total||25.8 sq mi (66.9 km2)|
|• Land||25.7 sq mi (66.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||335 ft (102 m)|
|• Density||851.4/sq mi (328.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0678227|
Starkville is a city in and the county seat of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 23,888 at the 2010 census. The campus of Mississippi State University is partially located in Starkville.
The campus of Mississippi State University is located adjacent to the east of Starkville. As of the fall of 2011, MSU is the state of Mississippi's largest university with 20,424 students, more than 4,000 graduate students, and more than 1,300 staff. The university is also the largest employer of Starkville. Students have created a ready audience for the Magnolia Film Festival. Held every February, it is the oldest film festival in the state. Other major events held in Starkville and heavily supported by the MSU Student Body are the Dudy Gras Parade, Cotton District Arts Festival, Super Bulldog Weekend, Old Main Music Festival, Ragtime Music Festival, and Bulldog Bash.
The Starkville area has been inhabited for over 2100 years. Artifacts in the form of clay pot fragments and artwork dating from that time period have been found east of Starkville at the Herman Mound and Village site, a National Historic Register site. The modern early settlement of the Starkville area was started after the Choctaw inhabitants of Oktibbeha County surrendered their claims to land in the area in the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830. White settlers were drawn to the Starkville area because of two large springs. A mill southwest of town provided clapboards which gave the town its original name, Boardtown. In 1835, Boardtown was established as the county seat of Oktibbeha County and its name was changed to Starkville in honor of Revolutionary War hero General John Stark.
On March 21, 2006, Starkville became the first city in Mississippi to adopt a smoking ban for indoor public places, including restaurants and bars. This ordinance went into effect on May 20, 2006.
Starkville is located at .(33.462471, -88.819990)
US Highway 82 and Mississippi Highways 12 and 25 are major roads through Starkville. The nearest airport with scheduled service is Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR). George M. Bryan Field (KSTF) serves as Starkville's general aviation airport. There are multiple privately owned airstrips in the area.
As of the census of 2000, there were 21,869 people, 9,462 households, and 4,721 families residing in the city. The population density was 851.4 people per square mile (328.7/km²). There were 10,191 housing units at an average density of 396.7/sq mi (153.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.60% White, 30.02% African American, 0.15% Native American, 3.75% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.34% of the population.
There were 9,462 households out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.1% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.1% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 29.7% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 15.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,590, and the median income for a family was $39,557. Males had a median income of $35,782 versus $21,711 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,272. About 18.1% of families and 31.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Starkville is served by the Starkville School District. Starkville High School athletics are designated as Class 6A, Region 2. The Yellowjacket football team is one of the most successful in the state of Mississippi, with 9 title game appearances and 5 state championships since 1981 (most recent being in 2012).
Starkville is located in Mississippi's 3rd congressional district and its 3rd state Supreme Court district.
The Cotton District is a community located in Starkville, Mississippi and was the first new urbanism development in the world. It was founded by Dan Camp, who is the developer, owner and property manager of much of the area.
The Cotton District has elements of Greek Revival mixed with Classical or Victorian. Many of these ideas came from Camp’s own travels to Europe and even parts of the United States, like Charleston and New Orleans. The Cotton District is a walkable neighborhood that contains many restaurants and bars in addition to thousands of unique residential units, many which are filled by college students and young professionals.
New Urbanist architect and co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism Andres Duany has visited Starkville on multiple occasions to observe Camp and get ideas from his innovative development. "He's the most interesting story in the U.S.," Duany was quoted as saying in a 1994 issue of Builder magazine, the magazine of the National Association of Home Builders.
The area is home to the annual Cotton District Arts Festival which now boasts as many as 20,000 attendants each year. It also hosts the annual Bulldog Bash, which draws over 30,000 people for the festival's free concerts and has featured artists such as Third Eye Blind, Gavin Degraw, The Avett Brothers, Eric Church, Sister Hazel, Howie Day, Will Hoge and Edwin McCain among others.
Famous American pilot Charles Lindbergh made a successful landing on the outskirts of Starkville in 1927 during his famous Guggenheim Tour and stayed at a boarding house in the Maben community. Lindbergh later wrote about that landing in his autobiographical account of his barnstorming days, titled "WE."
Starkville is purportedly the birthplace of Tee Ball, invented by Dr. Clyde Muse, a member of the Starkville Rotarians in 1961. Dr. Muse was also an educator in Starkville, having been Principal of Starkville High School for many years. He also was a renowned baseball and basketball coach (one of his early teams won a State Championship. Members included Lewis Mallory, Jackie Wofford, Barry Wood, and Carse Smith.) The town itself is considered to be the Baseball Capital of the South, having been the birthplace of National Baseball Hall of Famer Cool Papa Bell and Mississippi State University, whose Diamond Dogs have made nine trips to the NCAA Baseball College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Notorious American gangster Machine Gun Kelly lived in Starkville for two years when he attended Mississippi State University. He enrolled in the university to study agriculture in 1917. From the beginning, Kelly was considered a poor student, having been awarded his highest grade (a C+) for good physical hygiene. He was constantly in trouble with the faculty and spent much of his academic career attempting to work off the demerits he had earned.
Johnny Cash was arrested for public drunkenness (though he described it as being picked up for picking flowers) in Starkville and held overnight at the city jail on May 11, 1965, which was the inspiration for his song Starkville City Jail:
They're bound to get you,
Cause they got a curfew,And you go to the Starkville city jail.
The song appears on the album At San Quentin.
From November 2 to November 4, 2007, the Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival was held in Starkville, the city where Cash had been arrested over 40 years earlier. The festival, where he was offered a symbolic posthumous pardon, honored Cash's life and music, and is expected to become an annual event. The festival was started by Robbie Ward,who urged the town to hold it annually based on the premise that: "Johnny Cash was arrested in seven places,but he only wrote a song about one of those places."
A song entitled Starkville appears on the Indigo Girls' 2002 album Become You.
Starkville also appears on a map of Mississippi in the controversial 2007 film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
The Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville is a National Top 40 Rodeo Facility and is considered to be one of the top tourist attractions in North Mississippi.
Starkville has The Magnolia Independent Film Festival, held annually in February. It is the oldest festival in the state for independent films.
The annual Cotton District Arts Festival in Starkville, held in the Historic Cotton District the 3rd weekend of April, is considered to be one of the top arts festivals in the state, drawing a record crowd of nearly 25,000 in 2008. On hand for the festivities were Y'all Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Peavey Electronics and over 100 of the state's top artisans and 25 live bands.
Starkville is also the home of Bulldog Bash, Mississippi's largest open-air free concert.
Located on the MSU campus, the Cullis and Gladys Wade Clock Museum boasts an extensive collection of mostly American clocks and watches dating as far back as the early 18th century. The collection of over 400 clocks is the only one of its size in the region.
- Cool Papa Bell, African-American baseball great, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
- Josh Booty, retired Major League Baseball and National Football League player
- Julio Borbon, Major League Baseball player
- Hughie Critz, former Major League Baseball player
- Antuan Edwards, NFL player
- Shauntay Hinton, Miss USA 2002
- Hayes Jones, gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics
- Ray Mabus, former Mississippi governor
- Freddie Milons, wide receiver, University of Alabama, later played for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles
- Monroe Mitchell, former Major League Baseball player
- Jess Mowry, American writer of juvenile books
- Travis Outlaw, NBA player for the Sacramento Kings
- Jerry Rice, National Football League Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks, three-time NFL world champion; set and still owns multiple NFL and NCAA records for receiving
- Jemmye Carroll, Star of MTV's The Real World, and The Challenge
Current residence of:
- Sylvester Croom, first African-American head football coach in the Southeastern Conference and former Mississippi State University head football coach
- Willie Daniel, world champion running back for the Los Angeles Rams and former Mississippi State University stand-out
- Bailey Howell, world champion center for the NBA's Boston Celtics and former Mississippi State University stand-out
- Dan Mullen, Mississippi State University head football coach
- Scott Stricklin, Mississippi State University Athletic Director
- Amy Tuck, Mississippi's former Lieutenant Governor
- Rich Fields, announcer, The Price is Right
- Edwin Granberry, one of the writers of the comic strip "Buz Sawyer"
- John Grisham, acclaimed author of international best-selling novels A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, Runaway Jury, The Client, The Chamber, etc.
- G.V. 'Sonny' Montgomery, U.S. congressman
- Hartley Peavey, founder of Peavey Electronics, the world's largest manufacturer of sound amplification equipment
- John C. Stennis, U.S. Senator
- See also: List of Mississippi State University notable alumni
Other famous residents:
- Dee Barton, composer
- Machine Gun Kelly, Prohibition-era gangster
- Shane McRae, actor, appeared in Hack, guest starred on One Life to Live, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and was one of the stars of the ill-fated sitcom, Four Kings
- Major General William M. Miley (Bud Miley), U.S. 17th Airborne Division WW II, former assistant professor of military science at Mississippi State University
- Del Rendon, singer and guitarist (Puerto Rican Rum Drunks)
Starkville boasts over 80 houses of worship, accommodating almost all religious traditions, largely due to the presence of Mississippi State University, which attracts people with a diverse range of nationalities. As of October 2007, approximately half (49.74%) of people in Starkville claim a religious affiliation, with (41.59% ) self-identifying as Protestant. Starkville has small percentages of Catholic, Hindu, Mormon, and Islamic adherents as well, and moderate percentages of Baptist (25%) and Methodist (11%) adherents.
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- Official City of Starkville Website
- Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP) Website
- Starkville Daily News Website
- Starkville Area Arts Council Website