Soso, Mississippi

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Soso, Mississippi
Location of Soso, Mississippi
Location of Soso, Mississippi
Soso, Mississippi is located in the US
Soso, Mississippi
Soso, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 31°45′16″N 89°16′27″W / 31.75444°N 89.27417°W / 31.75444; -89.27417Coordinates: 31°45′16″N 89°16′27″W / 31.75444°N 89.27417°W / 31.75444; -89.27417
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Jones
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 315 ft (96 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 408
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 401
 • Density 200/sq mi (78/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39480
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-69160

Soso is a town in northwest Jones County, Mississippi. The population was 408 at the 2010 census.

Paul Davis, a singer and songwriter from Rose Hill, Mississippi, wrote a song called "Sweet Magnolia Blues," which referred to Soso.


According to tradition, the name "Soso" was derived from an old settler's common response to a question about how he was doing: "so-so".[2]

After the Civil War, yeoman farmers returned to the area. The town developed a small mixed-race community. Among its notable residents was Unionist Newton Knight, who lived there mostly after the Reconstruction era with his wife Rachel and family. Knight was known for having led the Knight Company in and around Jones County, Mississippi during 1863 and 1864 in resistance to Confederate authorities, trying to protect local farmers. After the war he was living in Jasper County for a time, where he was active in the Republican Party. In 1872 he was appointed as a deputy U.S. Marshal for the Southern District. After Reconstruction ended, Knight retired from politics, as white Democrats took over county and state offices.[3]

Rachel was a freedwoman who had aided the resistance. (In an historic photograph she appears to have been of mixed race.)[3] She and Knight had several children together.


Soso is located at 31°45′16″N 89°16′27″W / 31.75444°N 89.27417°W / 31.75444; -89.27417 (31.754465, -89.274120).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), of which 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) is land and 0.50% is water.


Among government and public services, Soso is home to the Soso Volunteer Fire Department, the Soso Police Department, the Soso Town Hall, and the Soso Community Water Service.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 162
1920 142 −12.3%
1930 214 50.7%
1980 434
1990 366 −15.7%
2000 379 3.6%
2010 408 7.7%
Est. 2016 401 [1] −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 408 people, 160 households, and 116 families residing in the town. The population density was 189.7 people per square mile (73.2/km²). There were 174 housing units at an average density of 87.1 per square mile (33.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.2% White, 20.3% African American, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 157 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 19, 36.5% under the age of 50 and 33.8% over the age of 50

The data below is from the 2000 census.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,135, and the median income for a family was $31,346. Males had a median income of $19,231 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,455. About 15.7% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 21.3% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Soso is served by the Jones County School District.

Elementary-aged students attend West Jones Elementary School, while middle and high school students attend West Jones Middle and High Schools.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ Jun 9, 1971. "Some towns sure have funny names". The Miami News. pp. 4A. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b James R. Kelly, "Newton Knight and the Legend of the Free State of Jones", Mississippi History Now, April 2009; accessed 11 July 2016
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.