Bude, Mississippi

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Bude, Mississippi
Location of Bude, Mississippi
Location of Bude, Mississippi
Bude, Mississippi is located in the US
Bude, Mississippi
Bude, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 31°27′48″N 90°50′48″W / 31.46333°N 90.84667°W / 31.46333; -90.84667Coordinates: 31°27′48″N 90°50′48″W / 31.46333°N 90.84667°W / 31.46333; -90.84667
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Franklin
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 240 ft (73 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,063
 • Density 746/sq mi (288.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39630
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-09460
GNIS feature ID 0692752

Bude is a town in Franklin County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,063 at the 2010 census.[1] Bude is located on the north bank of the Homochitto River, which bisects the county on a diagonal running from northeast to southwest, where it flows on its way to the Mississippi River. U.S. Routes 98 and 84 run by Bude.

American Railcar Industries operates a large maintenance shop in Bude.

Bude appeared in a March 2017 segment of 60 Minutes because its chess team won the state championship.[2]


Bude was founded by European Americans in 1912 and named for the former home in England of Mrs. F.L. Peck, whose husband was one of the town's founders.[3]


Bude is located in central Franklin County. It is 3 miles (5 km) east of Meadville, the county seat. US 84 leads east 28 miles (45 km) to Brookhaven, and US 98 leads southeast 35 miles (56 km) to McComb. The two highways together lead west 36 miles (58 km) to Natchez.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Bude has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.33%, is water.[1]

As the town is in the center of southwest Mississippi, there is a Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio and TV antenna located in the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,121
1930 1,378 22.9%
1940 1,207 −12.4%
1950 1,195 −1.0%
1960 1,185 −0.8%
1970 1,146 −3.3%
1980 1,092 −4.7%
1990 969 −11.3%
2000 1,037 7.0%
2010 1,063 2.5%
Est. 2015 1,012 [4] −4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,037 people, 426 households, and 270 families residing in the town. The population density was 733.5 people per square mile (284.0/km²). There were 505 housing units at an average density of 357.2 per square mile (138.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 55.06% African American, 44.17% White, 0.48% Native American, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 426 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were married couples living together, 24.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town, the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $16,125, and the median income for a family was $25,000. Males had a median income of $24,063 versus $15,921 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,058. About 30.5% of families and 32.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.5% of those under age 18 and 26.1% of those age 65 or over.


The First and Main Cafe is located in Bude.[2]


Bude is served by the Franklin County School District.

In popular culture[edit]

Bude is mentioned in John Grisham's novel The Chamber:

The white male selected a phone number. His conversation went something like this: "Hello, this is Lester Crosby, from Bude, Mississippi. I'm calling about the execution of Sam Cayhall. Yes ma'am. My number? It's 555-9084. Yes, that's right, Bude, Mississippi, down here in Franklin County."[7]

Notable people[edit]

  • Regina B. Schofield, former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. At Schofield's confirmation hearing in 2005, Trent Lott, born in Grenada, said:

    I am very proud of her background, being from Bude, Mississippi. It is a long way from Bude, Mississippi, to Washington, D.C., and the Justice Department. In fact, if I gave you a map, you probably couldn't find it, but you have got some areas in Kansas pretty far out at the end of the road, too. It is a lot of beautiful people, and I know that community is very proud of Regina and her achievements.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Bude town, Mississippi". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b ""Chess Country" (video story) / "Chess program creates state-championship team in rural Mississippi" (text story)". March 23, 2017.  (Bude is shown in the 60 Minutes story, which is clickable from this source)
  3. ^ "Franklin County, MS - Communities & Towns". American History and Genealogy Project. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Grisham, John (1994). The Chamber. Random House. 
  8. ^ "Confirmation Hearings on the Nominations of Rachel L. Brand, Alice S. Fisher, and Regina B. Schofield to be Assistant Attorneys General". U.S. Government Printing Office. 2005.