Kosciusko, Mississippi

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Kosciusko, Mississippi
Welcome sign located on Mississippi Highway 12
Welcome sign located on Mississippi Highway 12
Location of Kosciusko, Mississippi
Location of Kosciusko, Mississippi
Coordinates: 33°3′29″N 89°35′18″W / 33.05806°N 89.58833°W / 33.05806; -89.58833Coordinates: 33°3′29″N 89°35′18″W / 33.05806°N 89.58833°W / 33.05806; -89.58833
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyAttala
Area
 • Total7.55 sq mi (19.56 km2)
 • Land7.54 sq mi (19.53 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
479 ft (146 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total7,402
 • Estimate 
(2017)[2]
6,891
 • Density913.68/sq mi (352.78/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39090
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-38320
GNIS feature ID0672213
Websitewww.cityofkosciusko.com

Kosciusko /ˌkɒsiˈʌsk/ is a city in Attala County, Mississippi, United States, and is the birthplace of James Meredith and Oprah Winfrey. The population was 7,402 at the 2010 census.[3] It is the county seat of Attala County.[4]

History[edit]

Kosciusko developed along the historic Natchez Trace used by generations of Native Americans and later European settlers. The modern Natchez Trace Parkway also passes through the city, which is located northeast of the state capital of Jackson.

It is named for General Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian officer who served with the Continental Army and assisted United States military efforts during the American Revolution.[5] The name has been Anglicized as "Kosciusko". The settlement was originally named Red Bud Springs for one of three natural springs that were present in the city.

Throughout the 19th century, agriculture was predominated by the raising of cotton, which remains an important crop in the area.

Kosciusko was the home of Magnolia Bible College from 1976 to 2008. It is the birthplace of civil rights activist James Meredith and TV series host and cultural leader Oprah Winfrey.

Kosciusko has hosted the Central Mississippi Fair for over 100 years.[6]

Geography[edit]

Kosciusko is located at 33°3′29″N 89°35′18″W / 33.05806°N 89.58833°W / 33.05806; -89.58833 (33.058108, -89.588301),[7] along the Yockanookany River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (20 km2), of which 7.5 square miles (19 km2) is land and 0.13% is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,394
19002,07849.1%
19102,38514.8%
19202,258−5.3%
19303,23743.4%
19404,29132.6%
19506,75357.4%
19606,8000.7%
19707,2666.9%
19807,4152.1%
19906,986−5.8%
20007,3725.5%
20107,4020.4%
Est. 20176,891[2]−6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 7,372 people, 2,885 households, and 1,906 families residing in the city. The population density was 977.8 people per square mile (377.5/km2). There were 3,174 housing units at an average density of 421.0 per square mile (162.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 53.66% White, 44.57% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 2,885 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% 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 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,737, and the median income for a family was $29,000. Males had a median income of $27,423 versus $16,487 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,478. About 20.9% of families and 24.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under age 18 and 20.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The city of Kosciusko is served by the Kosciusko School District.

Blues Highway[edit]

Kosciusko has been featured as part of the Mississippi Blues Trail since 2009.[10]

Notable people[edit]

Climate[edit]

The climate is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Kosciusko has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[13]

The data below are from the WRCC, compiled from 1893 to the time this chart was created (July 2018).[14]

Climate data for Kosciusko, MS
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 85
(29)
85
(29)
92
(33)
98
(37)
102
(39)
109
(43)
108
(42)
109
(43)
109
(43)
98
(37)
89
(32)
84
(29)
109
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 55.5
(13.1)
58.8
(14.9)
67.5
(19.7)
75.5
(24.2)
82.5
(28.1)
89.4
(31.9)
91.5
(33.1)
91.6
(33.1)
87.2
(30.7)
77.3
(25.2)
65.9
(18.8)
57.0
(13.9)
75.0
(23.9)
Average low °F (°C) 33.6
(0.9)
35.7
(2.1)
42.8
(6.0)
50.7
(10.4)
58.8
(14.9)
66.4
(19.1)
69.4
(20.8)
68.6
(20.3)
62.6
(17.0)
50.1
(10.1)
40.8
(4.9)
34.8
(1.6)
51.2
(10.7)
Record low °F (°C) −14
(−26)
−8
(−22)
10
(−12)
24
(−4)
36
(2)
41
(5)
53
(12)
50
(10)
37
(3)
20
(−7)
12
(−11)
0
(−18)
−14
(−26)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.36
(136)
5.27
(134)
5.99
(152)
5.35
(136)
4.68
(119)
3.66
(93)
5.00
(127)
3.76
(96)
3.33
(85)
3.19
(81)
4.45
(113)
5.41
(137)
55.45
(1,409)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 1.2
(3.0)
0.3
(0.76)
0.3
(0.76)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.4
(1.0)
2.2
(5.52)
Source: https://wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?ms4776

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Kosciusko city, Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 177.
  6. ^ "Central Mississippi Fair". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ Dees, Leslie N. (January 23, 2009) Kosciusko to be featured on Blues Trail. The Star Herald
  11. ^ "NBA Players: Billy Ray Bates Profile and Basic Stats". Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  12. ^ Topher Payne - Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Center Archived 2015-12-10 at the Wayback Machine. Msarts.org (2013-11-21). Retrieved on 2015-12-25.
  13. ^ "Kosciusko, Mississippi Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  14. ^ "KOSCIUSKO, MISSISSIPPI - Climate Summary". wrcc.dri.edu. Retrieved 2018-07-24.

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