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Bruce, Mississippi
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Location of Bruce, Mississippi
Location of Bruce, Mississippi
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Coordinates: 33°59′31″N 89°20′32″W / 33.99194°N 89.34222°W / 33.99194; -89.34222Coordinates: 33°59′31″N 89°20′32″W / 33.99194°N 89.34222°W / 33.99194; -89.34222
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Calhoun
 • Total 2.44 sq mi (6.31 km2)
 • Land 2.44 sq mi (6.31 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
276 ft (84 m)
 • Total 1,939
 • Estimate 
 • Density 746.31/sq mi (288.13/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-09180
GNIS feature ID 0667656

Bruce is a town situated along the Skuna River in Calhoun County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 1,939.


The town was named for E. L. Bruce, founder of the E. L. Bruce Company, a sawmill operation. The sawmill industry is still vital in the town, with Weyerhaeuser operating a mill; Bruce is also home to other independently owned mills.


Bruce is located in north-central Calhoun County. Mississippi Highway 9 runs through the center of town, leading south 4 miles (6 km) to Pittsboro, the county seat, 10 miles (16 km) south to Calhoun City, and northeast 31 miles (50 km) to Pontotoc. Mississippi Highway 32 crosses Highway 9 in the center of Bruce and leads east 21 miles (34 km) to New Houlka and northwest 26 miles (42 km) to Water Valley.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Bruce has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km2), all land. The Skuna River, a tributary of the Yalobusha River and then the Yazoo River, passes south of the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 946
1940 1,385 46.4%
1950 1,719 24.1%
1960 1,698 −1.2%
1970 2,033 19.7%
1980 2,208 8.6%
1990 2,127 −3.7%
2000 2,097 −1.4%
2010 1,939 −7.5%
2019 (est.) 1,818 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
Bruce MS from airplane
Aerial view of Bruce

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,097 people, 889 households, and 562 families residing in the town. The population density was 818.8 people per square mile (316.3/km2). There were 1,005 housing units at an average density of 392.4/sq mi (151.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 53.27% White, 44.35% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.86% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 889 households, out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.3% were married couples living together, 22.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,417, and the median income for a family was $31,806. Males had a median income of $34,063 versus $21,380 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,233. About 20.1% of families and 29.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.6% of those under age 18 and 26.6% of those age 65 or over.


The town of Bruce is served by the Calhoun County School District. There are three public schools in the district: Bruce, Calhoun City, and Vardaman. Bruce is a Level 5 High School, which is the highest academic ranking in Mississippi. Calhoun City is slightly smaller than Bruce High School. Bruce and Calhoun City High are both District 2A schools, and Vardaman High is a District 1A school.

The Bruce Trojan High School baseball team were 2A State Champions in 2012, the Bruce Lady Trojan High basketball team were 2A State Champions in 1998 and 2002, and the Bruce Trojan High School football team were 2A State Champions in 1996.

Notable people

  • Charles Beckett, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
  • Ron Lundy, former WABC-AM and WCBS-FM disc jockey
  • Armegis Spearman, former National Football League player and former Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) linebacker
  • Larry Stewart, philanthropistthe original Secret Santa
  • Frederick Thomas, former National Football League player
  • Leo Welch, blues musician
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