Shuqualak, Mississippi

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Shuqualak, Mississippi
Town
Nickname(s): Shuga Town
Motto: This will always be our home
Location of Shuqualak, Mississippi
Location of Shuqualak, Mississippi
Shuqualak, Mississippi is located in the US
Shuqualak, Mississippi
Shuqualak, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 32°58′49″N 88°34′8″W / 32.98028°N 88.56889°W / 32.98028; -88.56889Coordinates: 32°58′49″N 88°34′8″W / 32.98028°N 88.56889°W / 32.98028; -88.56889
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Noxubee
Area
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (3.0 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (3.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 213 ft (65 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 562
 • Density 493.0/sq mi (190.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39361
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-67640
GNIS feature ID 0677762

Shuqualak, pronounced "sugar lock", is a town in Noxubee County, Mississippi. The population was 562 at the 2000 census.[1]

Three locations in Shuqualak, including most of the downtown area, are included on the National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit]

A post office was established in 1855, and the town was incorporated in 1859.

Shuqualak was a stop on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, built in the 1850s.[2]

Geography[edit]

Shuqualak is located on U.S. Route 45, midway between Columbus and Meridian.

An auxiliary landing field for Columbus Air Force Base is located south of the town.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 352
1890 601 70.7%
1900 600 −0.2%
1910 636 6.0%
1920 764 20.1%
1930 810 6.0%
1940 743 −8.3%
1950 714 −3.9%
1960 550 −23.0%
1970 591 7.5%
1980 554 −6.3%
1990 570 2.9%
2000 562 −1.4%
2010 501 −10.9%
Est. 2015 482 [3] −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 562 people, 214 households, and 148 families residing in the town. The population density was 493.0 people per square mile (190.3/km²). There were 249 housing units at an average density of 218.4 per square mile (84.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 29.72% White, 69.57% African American, and 0.71% from two or more races.

There were 214 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 28.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the town, the population was spread out with 33.1% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,875, and the median income for a family was $26,607. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $22,596 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,051. About 30.7% of families and 29.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.1% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

The Shuqualak Lumber Company was founded in 1948 and employs approximately 150. It is one of largest privately owned, independent producers of southern yellow pine in the southeast United States.[6]

Education[edit]

The Town of Shuqualak is served by the Noxubee County School District. It was the site of the now defunct Shuqualak Female College, a female seminary founded in 1880.[7]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Communities". Noxubee County Economic and Community Development Alliance. Retrieved March 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Howe, Tony. "Shuqualak, Mississippi". Mississippi Rails. Retrieved March 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Existing Business & Industry". Noxubee County Economic and Community Development Alliance. Retrieved March 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ American College and Public School Directory. C. H. Evans & Company. 1890. p. 125. 
  8. ^ Smith, Timothy B. (2012). James Z. George: Mississippi's Great Commoner. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-61703-232-5. 
  9. ^ "Stanford Jackson". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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