Moorhead, Mississippi

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Moorhead, Mississippi
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Location of Moorhead, Mississippi
Location of Moorhead, Mississippi
Moorhead, Mississippi is located in the US
Moorhead, Mississippi
Moorhead, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°26′57″N 90°30′17″W / 33.44917°N 90.50472°W / 33.44917; -90.50472Coordinates: 33°26′57″N 90°30′17″W / 33.44917°N 90.50472°W / 33.44917; -90.50472
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Sunflower
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 115 ft (35 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,573
 • Density 1,988.9/sq mi (767.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38761
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-48760
GNIS feature ID 0673795

Moorhead is a city in Sunflower County, Mississippi. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 2,573.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) is land and 0.77% is water.

Moorhead is along U.S. Route 82, east of Indianola. Moorhead is located at the intersection of the Southern and Yazoo Delta railroads. This is the origin of the legendary blues crossroads phrase "where the Southern cross the Dog".[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 437
1910 506 15.8%
1920 1,600 216.2%
1930 1,553 −2.9%
1940 1,504 −3.2%
1950 1,749 16.3%
1960 1,754 0.3%
1970 2,284 30.2%
1980 2,358 3.2%
1990 2,417 2.5%
2000 2,573 6.5%
2010 2,405 −6.5%
Est. 2015 2,261 [2] −6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,405 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 82.2% Black, 16.3% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian and 0.2% from two or more races. 0.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,573 people, 688 households, and 520 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,988.9 people per square mile (770.1/km²). There were 720 housing units at an average density of 556.6 per square mile (215.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 20.44% White, 78.97% African American, 0.19% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 8,391 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were married couples living together, 34.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.67.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 26.7% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,401, and the median income for a family was $23,000. Males had a median income of $26,538 versus $17,697 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,631. About 32.4% of families and 38.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.3% of those under age 18 and 33.5% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Moorhead is served by the Sunflower County Consolidated School District. Schools serving Moorhead and in Moorhead include James Rosser Elementary School and Moorhead Middle School.

In 2010 it was zoned to Ruleville Central High School, at the time the sole school of the district.[5][6]

Moorhead is home to Mississippi Delta Community College.

Where the Southern Crosses the Yellow Dog[edit]

A historic plaque in Moorhead is located where the Southern Railroad once crossed the Yazoo Delta Railroad (known as the "Yellow Dog"). The Southern travelled east-west, and later became the Columbus and Greenville Railway, while the Yellow Dog travelled north-south, and later became the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad. The level junction (diamond) is still preserved as an historic site, though the north-south line has since been abandoned through Moorhead. This railroad crossing is very significant in the history of blues music. It is widely believed that W. C. Handy, after hearing an old man singing about "where the Southern cross the Yellow Dog", was moved by the sound and began what came to be known as the "blues".[7]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Moye, J. Todd. Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986. University of North Carolina Press, November 29, 2004. 28. Retrieved from Google Books on February 26, 2012. ISBN 0-8078-5561-8, ISBN 978-0-8078-5561-4.
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Sunflower County." Mississippi Department of Education. Retrieved on August 17, 2010.
  6. ^ "Moorhead Schools." Sunflower County School District. Retrieved on August 17, 2010.
  7. ^ "Where the Southern Crosses the Dog". The Official Tourism Resource for the State of Mississippi. 

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