Chunky, Mississippi

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Chunky, Mississippi
Town
Location of Chunky, Mississippi
Location of Chunky, Mississippi
Chunky, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Chunky, Mississippi
Chunky, Mississippi
Location within the state of Mississippi
Chunky, Mississippi is located in the US
Chunky, Mississippi
Chunky, Mississippi
Chunky, Mississippi (the US)
Coordinates: 32°19′33″N 88°55′41″W / 32.32583°N 88.92806°W / 32.32583; -88.92806Coordinates: 32°19′33″N 88°55′41″W / 32.32583°N 88.92806°W / 32.32583; -88.92806
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Newton
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 318 ft (97 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 326
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 324
 • Density 410/sq mi (150/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39323
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-13580
GNIS feature ID 668441[2]

Chunky is a town in Newton County, Mississippi, United States.[2] The population was 344 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

The community was named after the nearby Chunky River.[3]

Geography[edit]

Chunky is located along the Chunky River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.

Chunky is located 10 miles (16 km) west of Meridian. U.S. 80 passes through the town.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 280
1920 272 −2.9%
1930 268 −1.5%
1940 228 −14.9%
1950 258 13.2%
1960 224 −13.2%
1970 280 25.0%
1980 277 −1.1%
1990 292 5.4%
2000 344 17.8%
2010 326 −5.2%
Est. 2016 324 [1] −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 326 people, 120 households, and 95 families residing in the town. The population density was 412.9 people per square mile (160.0/km²). There were 136 housing units at an average density of 163.2 per square mile (63.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.79% White, 1.74% African American, 9.30% from Choctaw races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.76% of the population.

There were 120 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,861, and the median income for a family was $45,313. Males had a median income of $32,813 versus $26,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,498. About 16.2% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Businesses in Chunky include a beauty salon, a medical records business, Chunky Mini Storage, and the Chunky Trading Post. The Chunky post office serves Chunky and the surrounding area. A nearby restaurant, Chunky Shoals Fish Camp, is located on the site of Chunky Shoals, approximately 0.5 mi (0.80 km) east of the town of Chunky.[citation needed]

The Lazy Acres Pumpkin Patch is a themed farm town in Chunky open to tourists. Activities include pig races, a giant corn maze, interactions with farm animals, a hayride, face painting, sand art, and food concessions.[6]

Other businesses in the Chunky area are an automotive repair shop, and a taxidermist.[7]

Parks and recreation[edit]

For the youth, there is a baseball field. There is also a swimming pool association.

Chunky River[edit]

Recreational canoeing on the Chunky River
Great Chunky River Raft Race (1995)

The Chunky River is a tourist attraction. The river forms from the confluence of two creeks a few miles west of the town. The Chunky River has little development along its shores, and is used for canoeing and kayaking. While the river is shallow, occasionally, there are sections where the paddle will not reach the bottom. One such section is known as the "Deep Eddy". Otherwise, the river is seldom deeper than a few feet, and where there are mild rapids, the river may only be a few inches in depth. There is a public landing east of town on the Highway 80 bridge, and another public landing 0.5 mi (0.80 km) farther east, at another Highway 80 bridge. This section of river is known as the "Seven Mile Bend", although it is approximately 3 mi (4.8 km) in length. The ease of accessibility makes this area the most used section of the river.

Education[edit]

The Town of Chunky is served by the Newton County School District, though some of the households within the 39323 postal district are in the West Lauderdale school district, part of the Lauderdale County School District.

Infrastructure[edit]

Railroads[edit]

The Kansas City Southern Railroad goes through Chunky. Approximately 25 freight trains per day travel through the town. On each side of Chunky, there are 9,000-foot (2,700 m) sidings at Meehan Junction to the east, and Hickory to the west. The railroad crosses the Chunky River in two places just east of town, and between these two trestles is a very popular photography spot for train buffs to take photos of the trains as they cross the river. The railroad crosses the Chunky River west of town on a much smaller trestle, known locally as "break down". It was on this site that the trestle collapsed under a troop-carrying train of Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War; the wreck is called the Chunky Creek Train Wreck of 1863. A Confederate regiment of Choctaw Indians camping nearby saved many lives of soldiers who had been thrown into the raging flood swollen river.

Services[edit]

There is a United States Post Office in Chunky. Chunky also has a Town Hall and a Volunteer Fire Department.

Places of worship and fraternal organizations[edit]

The Chunky Baptist Church and the United Methodist Church are in the town of Chunky. Chunky is home to many who worship in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, most of whom attend church in Meridian.

There is a Masonic Hall in Chunky.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chunky
  3. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 24. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Owens, Cheryl (October 29, 2015). "Final Weekend for Lazy Acres Pumpkin Patch in Chunky". Meridian Star. 
  7. ^ http://www.mstaxidermist.com