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Booneville, Mississippi
South Main Street
South Main Street
Nickname(s): 
The City of Hospitality
Location in Prentiss County and Mississippi
Country  United States
State  Mississippi
County Prentiss
Settled 1858
Incorporated (city) 1861
Area
 • Total 25.79 sq mi (66.79 km2)
 • Land 25.75 sq mi (66.70 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation
518 ft (158 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 8,743
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,497
 • Density 329.94/sq mi (127.39/km2)
Demonym(s) Boonevillian
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38829
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-07780
GNIS feature ID 0667440
U.S. Routes US 45.svg

Booneville is a city in the U.S. state of Mississippi and is the county seat of Prentiss County. It is located in the hilly North Mississippi region, and ecologically is part of the Southeastern Plains region.

The city of Booneville is nicknamed "the City of Hospitality," in reference to the town's southern hospitality. The city flag, welcome sign, and city website bear the image of a magnolia blossom, a symbol of hospitality as well as the state flower of Mississippi. Booneville was incorporated in 1861 and named after R.H. Boone, a relative of Daniel Boone. The population was 8,743 at the 2010 census. It is one of 21 certified Mississippi retirement cities.

Booneville is home to Northeast Mississippi Community College, the tenth-largest community college by enrollment in the state.

History

The land of Booneville was bought by B.B. Boone, G.W. Williams, and W.P. Curlee from the Chickasaw tribesman Le-Ho-Yea. The community was named for R.H. Boone, a relative of Daniel Boone, the early American pioneer.

Civil War

Geography

Booneville is located at 34°39′40″N 88°33′41″W / 34.66111°N 88.56139°W / 34.66111; -88.56139 (34.661115, -88.561426).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.7 square miles (67 km2), of which 25.7 square miles (67 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.16%) is water.

Climate

Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).

Climate data for Booneville, Mississippi
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
(50)
11.7
(53)
17.2
(63)
22.2
(72)
26.7
(80)
30.6
(87)
32.2
(90)
32.2
(90)
29.4
(85)
23.3
(74)
16.7
(62)
11.1
(52)
21.7
(71)
Average low °C (°F) -0.6
(31)
0.6
(33)
5
(41)
10
(50)
14.4
(58)
18.9
(66)
20.6
(69)
20
(68)
16.7
(62)
10
(50)
4.4
(40)
0.6
(33)
10
(50)
Precipitation mm (inches) 132
(5.2)
124
(4.9)
150
(5.9)
127
(5)
127
(5)
99
(3.9)
102
(4)
86
(3.4)
86
(3.4)
84
(3.3)
117
(4.6)
147
(5.8)
1,384
(54.5)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 458
1880 603 31.7%
1890 748 24.0%
1900 1,050 40.4%
1910 1,337 27.3%
1920 1,495 11.8%
1930 1,703 13.9%
1940 1,893 11.2%
1950 3,295 74.1%
1960 3,480 5.6%
1970 5,895 69.4%
1980 6,199 5.2%
1990 7,955 28.3%
2000 8,625 8.4%
2010 8,743 1.4%
2019 (est.) 8,497 −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,625 people, 3,302 households, and 2,205 families residing in the city. The population density was 335.8 people per square mile (129.6/km2). There were 3,625 housing units at an average density of 141.1 per square mile (54.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.88% White, 18.49% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 3,302 households, out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.2% under the age of 18, 16.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,361, and the median income for a family was $38,918. Males had a median income of $29,667 versus $19,821 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,128. About 11.2% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.

As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,743.

Transportation

The Booneville/Baldwyn Airport is owned by the cities of Booneville and Baldwyn. It is located in Prentiss County, six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) southwest of Booneville's central business district.

Education

  • The City of Booneville is served by two public school districts - Booneville and Prentiss County.
  • Booneville is home to Northeast Mississippi Community College, which has an annual enrollment in excess of 6,000 students. The community college serves five counties: Prentiss, Tippah, Alcorn, Union, and Tishomingo.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Booneville/Baldwyn Airport, located 6 mi (9.7 km) southwest of Booneville, is owned by the cities of Booneville and Baldwyn.

Notable people

  • Cecil Bolton, Major League Baseball first baseman for the Cleveland Indians
  • George E. Allen, American political figure and head football coach for 1 game at Cumberland University
  • Harold Bishop, Jr., professional football player
  • Travis Childers, former congressman
  • Jamie Davis, Southern rock musician
  • Gene Kelton, singer-songwriter, blues musician, and band leader of Mean Gene Kelton & The Die Hards
  • Hayden Thompson, is an American singer, songwriter, and rockabilly musician He is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame
  • Asya Branch, Miss Mississippi 2018, Miss Mississippi USA 2020, and Miss USA 2020
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