Rolling Fork, Mississippi
|Rolling Fork, Mississippi|
Sharkey County Courthouse in Rolling Fork
Location of Rolling Fork, Mississippi
|• Total||1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)|
|• Land||1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||105 ft (32 m)|
|• Density||1,774.2/sq mi (685.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||694602|
Thomas Y. Chaney located here in 1828, and was the first settler in the county. Deer Creek flows through the settlement, and Chaney called the place "Rolling Fork" because of the swiftness of the water at a fork in the creek there.
A post office was established in 1848.
When Sharkey County was established in 1876, Rolling Fork was made the county seat.
A newspaper, The Deer Creek Pilot, was established in 1884.
In 1908, the Bank of Rolling Fork was established.
Rolling Fork had a population of 1,000 in 1906.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,486 people, 820 households, and 620 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,774.2 people per square mile (685.6/km²). There were 875 housing units at an average density of 624.5 per square mile (241.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.19% African American, 29.69% White, 0.04% Native American, 0.32% Asian, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.
There were 820 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 32.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.40.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 83.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,081, and the median income for a family was $24,911. Males had a median income of $25,729 versus $17,065 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,481. About 30.6% of families and 37.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.0% of those under age 18 and 24.6% of those age 65 or over.
The city of Rolling Fork is served by the South Delta School District. The district has three schools with a total enrollment of approximately 1,300 students.
- Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel singer.
- Slick Watts, professional basketball player.
- Fielding L. Wright, Governor of Mississippi and 1948 vice-presidential candidate.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rolling Fork
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