Location of Sunflower, Mississippi
|• Total||0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)|
|• Land||0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||118 ft (36 m)|
|• Density||1,719.3/sq mi (663.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0678411|
As of the census of 2000, there were 696 people, 229 households, and 166 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,719.3 people per square mile (671.8/km²). There were 242 housing units at an average density of 597.8 per square mile (233.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 27.87% White, 71.26% African American, 0.43% Asian, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.14% of the population.
There were 229 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 25.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.69.
In the town the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 14.5% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $21,842, and the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $22,143 versus $21,458 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,176. About 30.7% of families and 39.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52.6% of those under age 18 and 35.1% of those age 65 or over.
The Town of Sunflower is served by the Sunflower County School District.
- East Sunflower Elementary School is the elementary school.
- Ruleville Central High School is the local high school.
Sunflower is also home to the Sunflower County Freedom Project, an independent non-profit after school program for middle and high school students, based in the context of the Civil Rights Movement and the Freedom Schools of the 1960s.
- Willie Best, African-American actor from the 1930s and 1940s
- Jerry Butler, soul singer
- Craig Claiborne, long-time food critic for the New York Times.
- Larry Herndon, major league baseball player
- Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Blues guitarist
- Big John Wrencher, American blues harmonica player and singer
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.