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Boyle, Mississippi
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Location of Boyle, Mississippi
Location of Boyle, Mississippi
Boyle, Mississippi is located in the United States
Boyle, Mississippi
Boyle, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Bolivar
Area
 • Total 1.48 sq mi (3.82 km2)
 • Land 1.48 sq mi (3.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
141 ft (43 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 650
 • Estimate 
(2019)
588
 • Density 398.10/sq mi (153.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38730
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-08180
GNIS feature ID 0667501

Boyle is a town in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 650 at the 2010 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 4.87%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 538
1910 444 −17.5%
1920 702 58.1%
1930 678 −3.4%
1940 742 9.4%
1950 799 7.7%
1960 848 6.1%
1970 861 1.5%
1980 888 3.1%
1990 651 −26.7%
2000 720 10.6%
2010 650 −9.7%
Est. 2019 588 −9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Boyle Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 256 48.12%
Black or African American 242 45.49%
Native American 1 0.19%
Asian 2 0.38%
Other/Mixed 10 1.88%
Hispanic or Latino 21 3.95%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 532 people, 329 households, and 213 families residing in the town.

Historic marker

The Mississippi Blues Commission placed a historic marker at the Peavine Railroad site intersection with Highway 446 in Boyle, designating it as a site on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The marker commemorates the original lyrics of famed blues artist Charlie Patton's "Peavine Blues", which describes the railway branch of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad which ran south from Dockery Plantation to Boyle. A common theme of blues songs was riding on the railroad, which was a metaphor for travel and escape.


Education

Boyle is served by the Cleveland School District. There is one school in Boyle, B.L. Bell Academy for Math, Science and Health Education. Secondary students attend Cleveland Central Middle School and Cleveland Central High School.

Notable people

  • Stanley F. Gaines, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1916 to 1920
  • Jim Pittman, former head football coach for Tulane University and Texas Christian University
  • Tommy Taylor, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2012 to 2016
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