Utica, Mississippi

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Utica, Mississippi
Town
Location of Utica, Mississippi
Location of Utica, Mississippi
Utica, Mississippi is located in USA
Utica, Mississippi
Utica, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 32°6′12″N 90°37′20″W / 32.10333°N 90.62222°W / 32.10333; -90.62222Coordinates: 32°6′12″N 90°37′20″W / 32.10333°N 90.62222°W / 32.10333; -90.62222
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Hinds
Area
 • Total 3.0 sq mi (7.8 km2)
 • Land 3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 295 ft (90 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 966
 • Density 323.0/sq mi (124.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39175
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-75760
GNIS feature ID 0679161

Utica is a town in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 966 at the 2000 census. Utica is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) is land and 0.33% is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 230
1890 370 60.9%
1900 540 45.9%
1910 572 5.9%
1920 445 −22.2%
1930 652 46.5%
1940 818 25.5%
1950 824 0.7%
1960 764 −7.3%
1970 1,019 33.4%
1980 1,064 4.4%
1990 1,033 −2.9%
2000 966 −6.5%
2010 820 −15.1%
Est. 2015 857 [1] 4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[2]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 966 people, 339 households, and 241 families residing in the town. The population density was 323.0 people per square mile (124.7/km²). There were 397 housing units at an average density of 132.7 per square mile (51.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 30.54% White, 66.36% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 2.07% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.83% of the population.

There were 339 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 27.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,614, and the median income for a family was $30,083. Males had a median income of $28,594 versus $21,932 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,491. About 17.1% of families and 27.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.1% of those under age 18 and 24.5% of those age 65 or over.

Religion and society[edit]

Utica is the location of the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, organized by the Union for Reform Judaism and dating to when there were more Jews in smaller communities in Mississippi. Most now live in larger urban areas with more professional opportunities.

The town is home to several churches of various denominations. Those churches include, but are not limited to, the following churches on Main Street: Utica Baptist Church (founded in 1829 and affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention); Utica Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Utica United Methodist Church, and St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church, a black Baptist Church founded in 1867 after the war by freedmen as a mission of the Baptist church. The black Baptists mostly withdrew en masse across the South from the white Baptist churches. They soon founded independent state associations of their congregations in the South, organizing a national convention by the end of the century. There are several other houses of worship in the town proper, as well as others in the county.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Utica has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[4]

Climate data for Utica, Mississippi
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 16
(60)
17
(63)
21
(70)
25
(77)
29
(84)
33
(91)
33
(92)
34
(93)
32
(89)
27
(80)
21
(69)
16
(61)
25.3
(77.4)
Average low °C (°F) 3
(38)
4
(40)
8
(46)
12
(53)
16
(60)
19
(67)
21
(70)
21
(70)
18
(64)
12
(53)
7
(44)
4
(39)
12.1
(53.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 122
(4.8)
119
(4.7)
142
(5.6)
132
(5.2)
119
(4.7)
104
(4.1)
122
(4.8)
89
(3.5)
69
(2.7)
64
(2.5)
91
(3.6)
132
(5.2)
1,305
(51.4)
Source: Weatherbase [5]

Education[edit]

Utica is served by the Hinds County School District. It is also the home of the Utica campus of Hinds Community College. Formerly Utica Junior College, the school was founded in 1903 as Utica Normal and Industrial Institute.[citation needed]

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