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Florence, Mississippi
Nickname(s): 
Steen's Creek
Location of Florence, Mississippi
Location of Florence, Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Rankin
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
Area
 • Total 8.09 sq mi (20.96 km2)
 • Land 8.09 sq mi (20.96 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
312 ft (95 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,141
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,494
 • Density 555.29/sq mi (214.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39073
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-24980
GNIS feature ID 0670045
Website http://www.cityofflorencems.com/

Florence is a town in Rankin County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the town population was 4,141. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), all land.

The United States Census Bureau, in 2010 showed a population of 4141 a 72.8% growth over the 2000 Census. Florence has nearly doubled in size in all aspects. The current city limits have grown northward towards Richland, which is the same as Richland-Florence. Florence was the 12th fastest growing city in Mississippi in the 2010 Census. The city has grown both eastward and westward and will continue to expand towards the Pearl River, eventually stopping at the Pearl River, which separates Rankin County from Hinds County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 260
1920 207 −20.4%
1930 272 31.4%
1940 368 35.3%
1950 313 −14.9%
1960 360 15.0%
1970 404 12.2%
1980 1,111 175.0%
1990 1,831 64.8%
2000 2,396 30.9%
2010 4,141 72.8%
2019 (est.) 4,494 8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

The racial makeup of the town was 85.3% White, 13.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 1,558 households, out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,400, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $35,030 versus $24,327 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,162. About 9.6% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The Town of Florence's public schools are served by the Rankin County School District. This includes Florence High School.

Public schools

  • Steen's Creek Elementary School (Grades K-2)
  • Florence Elementary School (Grades 3-5)
  • Florence Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Florence High School (Grades 9-12)
  • McLaurin Elementary (Grades Pre-K-6)
  • McLaurin Highschool (Grades 7-12)

Colleges and universities

  • Wesley College (Closed July 2010)

Notable people

  • Robert Braddy - baseball player and coach
  • Paul McCoy - lead singer of the Christian Rock band 12 Stones.
  • Tate Reeves - Governor of Mississippi.
  • The Weeks - indie pop band.
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