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Como, Mississippi
Town
Location of Como, Mississippi
Location of Como, Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Panola
Area
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Land 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 358 ft (109 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,310
 • Density 692.1/sq mi (267.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38619
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-15500
GNIS feature ID 0668729

Como is a town in Panola County, Mississippi, which borders the Mississippi Delta and is in the northern part of the state, known as hill country. The population was 1,310 as of the 2000 census. It is in a relatively isolated rural area, which has struggled with the legacy of slavery, segregation and agricultural decline.

History

This was a rural area developed for cotton and agriculture, as was the nearby Mississippi Delta, and was dependent on slave labor in the antebellum years. The mechanization of agriculture in the first half of the 20th century meant that many farm workers lost their jobs. The state's legal racial segregation and disenfranchisement had excluded majority-black population from participation in the political system until after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The relative isolation of the area has made it difficult to develop a new economy.

In a 2007 article about the area, Wayne Drash, a CNN.com senior producer, described Como as "a hard-hit rural community."

Geography

Como is located at 34°30′48″N 89°56′29″W / 34.51333°N 89.94139°W / 34.51333; -89.94139 (34.513343, -89.941290).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) is land and 0.53% is water.

It is 45 miles (72 km) south of Memphis, Tennessee.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 149
1890 178 19.5%
1900 475 166.9%
1910 905 90.5%
1920 818 −9.6%
1930 851 4.0%
1940 819 −3.8%
1950 703 −14.2%
1960 789 12.2%
1970 1,003 27.1%
1980 1,378 37.4%
1990 1,387 0.7%
2000 1,310 −5.6%
2010 1,279 −2.4%
Est. 2015 1,245 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,310 people, 461 households, and 352 families residing in the town. The population density was 692.1 people per square mile (267.6/km²). There were 506 housing units at an average density of 267.3 per square mile (103.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.83% African American, 26.79% White, 0.08% Native American, 0.61% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.15% of the population.

There were 461 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 31.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the town, the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 81.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,344, and the median income for a family was $25,000. Males had a median income of $28,333 versus $18,977 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,278. About 31.3% of families and 37.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 57.2% of those under age 18 and 29.6% of those age 65 or over.

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