Pelahatchie, Mississippi

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Pelahatchie, Mississippi
Location of Pelahatchie, Mississippi
Location of Pelahatchie, Mississippi
Pelahatchie, Mississippi is located in the United States
Pelahatchie, Mississippi
Pelahatchie, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 32°18′47″N 89°47′55″W / 32.31306°N 89.79861°W / 32.31306; -89.79861Coordinates: 32°18′47″N 89°47′55″W / 32.31306°N 89.79861°W / 32.31306; -89.79861
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorRyshonda Harper-Beecham
 • Board of AldermenMichael Adams
Frank Boyd
Margie Warren
James Harrell
Eddie Jones
 • Total6.08 sq mi (15.74 km2)
 • Land5.94 sq mi (15.39 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)
358 ft (109 m)
 • Total1,334
 • Estimate 
 • Density227.74/sq mi (87.93/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)601
FIPS code28-56200
GNIS feature ID0675578

Pelahatchie is a town in Rankin County, Mississippi. The town's population was 1,334 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jackson, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its zip code is 39145.


Pelahatchie was founded in 1850, and named after Pelahatchie Creek.[3] The name Pelahatchie is derived from the Native American term meaning "crooked creek". The town was the bright spot in the county during the late 1800s mainly due to the railroad access in the heart of town. Pelahatchie is home to both a public school, Pelahatchie Attendance Center (Chiefs), and a private school, East Rankin Academy (Patriots).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20181,361[2]2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

At the 2000 census there were 1,461 people, 525 households, and 387 families in the town. The population density was 454.0 people per square mile (175.2/km²). There were 585 housing units at an average density of 181.8 per square mile (70.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 61.12% White, 36.82% African American, 0.14% Asian, 0.96% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.52%.[5]

Of the 525 households 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 22.9% of households were one person and 9.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.22.

The age distribution was 26.2% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.

The median household income was $31,597 and the median family income was $37,313. Males had a median income of $28,145 versus $20,813 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,950. About 11.5% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 27.6% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Pelahatchie is served by the Rankin County School District.

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Baca, Keith A. (2007). Native American Place Names in Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-60473-483-6.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.