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Aberdeen, Mississippi
Aberdeen City Hall (early 20th century)
Aberdeen City Hall (early 20th century)
"A Great Place To Live, Work And Play"
Location of Aberdeen, Mississippi
Location of Aberdeen, Mississippi
Aberdeen, Mississippi is located in the United States
Aberdeen, Mississippi
Aberdeen, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Monroe
 • Total 12.37 sq mi (32.04 km2)
 • Land 12.09 sq mi (31.31 km2)
 • Water 0.28 sq mi (0.73 km2)
240 ft (73 m)
 • Total 5,612
 • Estimate 
 • Density 430.52/sq mi (166.23/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-00180
GNIS feature ID 666129

Aberdeen is the county seat of Monroe County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,612.

Located on the banks of the Tombigbee River, Aberdeen was one of the busiest Mississippi ports of the 19th century. Cotton was heavily traded in town, and for a time Aberdeen was Mississippi's second largest city. Aberdeen retains many historic structures from this period, with over 200 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. In the spring of each year, Aberdeen hosts pilgrimages to its historic antebellum homes. The most prominent of these antebellum homes is The Magnolias, which was built in 1850.

Located just outside the city, Aberdeen Lock and Dam forms Aberdeen Lake, a popular recreational area. Aberdeen Lock and Dam is part of the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway system.


African-American barbershop in Aberdeen, Mississippi (circa 1920)
Barbershop in Aberdeen, 1907

In 1540, Hernando DeSoto's expedition were the first Europeans to travel through the vicinity of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen was first settled in 1834 and chartered as a town in 1837. In 1849, it became the county seat when Monroe County was formed.

Hiram Revels, the first African-American United States Senator, died on January 16, 1901, while attending a church conference in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen had a population of 3,708 in 1910. Its population had risen to 5,920 by 1950. Its population was 7,184 in 1980.


According to the United States Geological Survey, variant names are Dundee and New Aberdeen.

East Aberdeen is located at 33°49′18″N 88°30′59″W / 33.82167°N 88.51639°W / 33.82167; -88.51639 (East Aberdeen), across the Tombigbee River from Aberdeen proper. Variant names for East Aberdeen are Howards Bluff, Howards Farm, Howards Ferry, Howards Store, Martins Bluff, and Murffs.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Aberdeen has a total area of 11.0 square miles (28 km2), of which 10.7 square miles (28 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (2.19%) is water.

Failure of the Mississippi Highway 25 N/U.S. Route 45 S bridge over the Tombigbee River in Aberdeen during the 1955 floods.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Aberdeen has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,022
1880 2,339 15.7%
1890 3,449 47.5%
1900 3,434 −0.4%
1910 3,708 8.0%
1920 4,071 9.8%
1930 3,925 −3.6%
1940 4,746 20.9%
1950 5,290 11.5%
1960 6,450 21.9%
1970 6,507 0.9%
1980 7,184 10.4%
1990 6,837 −4.8%
2000 6,415 −6.2%
2010 5,612 −12.5%
2019 (est.) 5,205 −7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Aberdeen Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 1,247 25.14%
Black or African American 3,504 70.63%
Native American 10 0.2%
Asian 17 0.34%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 127 2.56%
Hispanic or Latino 55 1.11%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 4,961 people, 2,016 households, and 1,195 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,612 people living in the city. 69.2% were African American, 28.8% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from some other race and 1.0% of two or more races. 1.0% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In popular culture

The city of Aberdeen is the subject of the HGTV show Hometown Renovation, where local makeup artist and designer Billy Brasfield sets to redesign and renovate some of the city's houses and landmarks.

The city is also the subject of a song by blues artist Bukka White, Aberdeen, Mississippi, later covered by guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd as Aberdeen.


The City of Aberdeen is served by the Aberdeen School District.



  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • Circle sign 8.svg Mississippi Highway 8
  • Circle sign 25.svg Mississippi Highway 25
  • Circle sign 145.svg Mississippi Highway 145


Notable people

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