Smithville, Mississippi

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Smithville, Mississippi
Town
Location of Smithville, Mississippi
Location of Smithville, Mississippi
Smithville, Mississippi is located in the US
Smithville, Mississippi
Smithville, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°4′7″N 88°23′44″W / 34.06861°N 88.39556°W / 34.06861; -88.39556Coordinates: 34°4′7″N 88°23′44″W / 34.06861°N 88.39556°W / 34.06861; -88.39556
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Monroe
Area
 • Total 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 262 ft (80 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 942
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 913
 • Density 590/sq mi (230/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38870
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-68720
GNIS feature ID 0677945

Smithville is a town in Monroe County, Mississippi. The population was 942 at the 2010 census. Smithville is the birthplace of Rod Brasfield, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Geography[edit]

Smithville is located at 34°4′7″N 88°23′44″W / 34.06861°N 88.39556°W / 34.06861; -88.39556 (34.068605, -88.395486).[3]

Smithville is one of the older towns in Monroe county. It is located on the Gaines Trace Road which was surveyed by E. P. Gaines in 1807 at the request of President Thomas Jefferson. The land Smithville sits on was owned by Che-lah-cha-chubby, a Chickasaw Indian chief or sub-chief, and a trading post was established in 1820 at the location of what is now the intersection of highway 25 and Hatley-Smithville road. Gaines Trace was a major route for settlers who migrated from the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), of which 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (8.12%) is water.

2011 Tornado[edit]

On April 27, 2011 at 3:47 P.M CDT an EF5 tornado struck the town. Its winds are estimated to have peaked at 205 miles per hour (330 km/h).[4] 16 people were killed,[5] and 40 people were injured.[4]

EF5 Smithville Tornado

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 150
1910 179 19.3%
1920 138 −22.9%
1930 401 190.6%
1940 402 0.2%
1950 419 4.2%
1960 489 16.7%
1970 552 12.9%
1980 866 56.9%
1990 871 0.6%
2000 882 1.3%
2010 942 6.8%
Est. 2016 913 [2] −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 882 people, 365 households, and 243 families residing in the town. The population density 602.1 people per square mile (233.2/km²). There were 404 housing units at an average density of 275.8 per square mile (106.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 97.62% White, 1.59% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 365 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who 65 years of age or older. The average household size 2.42 and the average family size 3.03.

In the town, the population spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town $32,583, and the median income for a family $38,750. Males had a median income of $30,294 versus $23,958 for females. The per capita income for the town $14,030. About 7.1% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The Town of Smithville is served by the Monroe County School District.

Sports[edit]

Smithville won two 1A football state championships in 1993 and 1998. The school previously vied for the title in 1989, losing to a Mt. Olive (MS) team quarterbacked by future NFL great Steve McNair. The Smithville High School softball team has won the 1A state championship in 2008, 2011, and 2012.[8] The Smithville High School Band has won two state Marching Championships.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b Public Information Statement. 29 April 2011, NOAA-National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, Memphis, TN. Retrieved 1 May 2011
  5. ^ http://www.monroe360.com/view/full_story/13351551/article-Smithville-tornado-victim-dies?instance=home_news_right
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "High School Baseball/Softball Scores". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Retrieved May 22, 2012.