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Alligator, Mississippi
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Location of Alligator, Mississippi
Location of Alligator, Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Bolivar
Area
 • Total 1.04 sq mi (2.70 km2)
 • Land 0.98 sq mi (2.55 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
Elevation
157 ft (48 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 208
 • Estimate 
(2019)
187
 • Density 189.85/sq mi (73.30/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38720
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-00940
GNIS feature ID 0666222

Alligator is a town in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 208 at the 2010 census.

In 2009, Tommie "Tomaso" Brown was elected Alligator's first black mayor. He defeated Robert Fava, the mayor since 1979.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.04 square miles (2.70 km2), of which 0.98 square miles (2.55 km2) is land and 0.058 square miles (0.15 km2), or 5.48%, is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 220 people, 77 households, and 58 families residing in the town. The population density was 223.7 people per square mile (86.7/km2). There were 81 housing units at an average density of 82.3 per square mile (31.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 20.91% White, 77.27% African American, and 1.82% from two or more races.

There were 77 households, out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.1% were married couples living together, 35.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.27.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 263
1930 278 5.7%
1940 206 −25.9%
1950 214 3.9%
1960 227 6.1%
1970 280 23.3%
1980 256 −8.6%
1990 187 −27.0%
2000 220 17.6%
2010 208 −5.5%
2019 (est.) 187 −10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

In the town, the population was spread out, with 39.1% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $16,667, and the median income for a family was $17,083. Males had a median income of $21,875 versus $14,063 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,567. About 41.5% of families and 47.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 69.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 35.3% of those sixty five or over.

Education

Duncan is served by the North Bolivar Consolidated School District, formerly known as the North Bolivar School District until it consolidated in 2014.

Students are zoned to Brooks Elementary School in Duncan, as it belonged to the pre-consolidation North Bolivar School District, and Northside High School (the only secondary school in the district) in Shelby.

Northside High opened in 2018 after Broad Street High School in Shelby consolidated into it. Shelby Middle School closed in 2018.

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