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Iuka, Mississippi
Downtown Iuka, 2013
Downtown Iuka, 2013
Location of Iuka, Mississippi
Location of Iuka, Mississippi
Iuka, Mississippi is located in the United States
Iuka, Mississippi
Iuka, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Tishomingo
Area
 • Total 9.70 sq mi (25.12 km2)
 • Land 9.69 sq mi (25.11 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
561 ft (171 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,028
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,937
 • Density 302.97/sq mi (116.98/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38852
Area code(s) 662 Exchanges: 423,424
FIPS code 28-35300
GNIS feature ID 0671750

Iuka is a city in and the county seat of Tishomingo County, Mississippi, United States. Its population was 3,028 at the 2010 census. Woodall Mountain, the highest point in Mississippi, is located just south of Iuka.

History

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Downtown Iuka in the early 1900s.

Iuka is built on the site of a Chickasaw Indian village that is thought to have been subordinate to the settlement at Underwood Village. The name "Iuka" comes from the name of one of the chieftains of the village. Iuka was founded by David Hubbard, a wagon train scout.

Euro-American settlers arrived with the Memphis and Charleston Railroad in 1857. Before the American Civil War, the town boasted an all-female college, a boys' military academy, and a fine hotel. The Civil War brought widespread devastation when a major engagement here occurred on September 19, 1862. The Battle of Iuka resulted in 1200 to 1500 killed or wounded. The dead Confederate soldiers were buried in a long trench that eventually became Shady Grove Cemetery.

The first normal school built in the former Confederacy after the Civil War, Iuka Normal Institute, was built here. However, the town did not return to prosperity for many years. The building of Pickwick Landing Dam and Pickwick Lake by the Tennessee Valley Authority brought activity back to the town.

In 1904, water from Iuka's mineral springs won first prize for the purest and best mineral water at the World's Fair in St. Louis.

Geography

Iuka is located at 34°48′38″N 88°11′45″W / 34.81056°N 88.19583°W / 34.81056; -88.19583 (34.810633, -88.195759).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 845
1890 1,019 20.6%
1900 882 −13.4%
1910 1,221 38.4%
1920 1,306 7.0%
1930 1,441 10.3%
1940 1,664 15.5%
1950 1,527 −8.2%
1960 2,010 31.6%
1970 2,389 18.9%
1980 2,846 19.1%
1990 3,122 9.7%
2000 3,059 −2.0%
2010 3,028 −1.0%
2019 (est.) 2,937 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Iuka racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,734 87.1%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 188 5.99%
Native American 13 0.41%
Asian 8 0.25%
Other/Mixed 130 4.14%
Hispanic or Latino 66 2.1%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,139 people, 1,244 households, and 727 families residing in the city.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Highways

  • U.S. Route 72
  • Mississippi Highway 25

Railroads

  • Norfolk Southern Railway
  • Kansas City Southern Railway

Airports

  • Iuka Airport

Healthcare

  • North Mississippi Medical Center - Iuka

Libraries

  • Iuka Public Library

Recreation

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 Iuka, Mississippi
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 9.4
(49)
12.2
(54)
16.7
(62)
22.2
(72)
26.1
(79)
30
(86)
31.7
(89)
32.2
(90)
28.9
(84)
22.8
(73)
17.2
(63)
11.1
(52)
21.7
(71)
Average low °C (°F) -2.8
(27)
-1.7
(29)
2.8
(37)
6.7
(44)
12.2
(54)
16.7
(62)
18.9
(66)
18.3
(65)
13.9
(57)
6.7
(44)
2.8
(37)
-1.7
(29)
7.8
(46)
Precipitation mm (inches) 135
(5.3)
130
(5.1)
150
(5.9)
127
(5)
150
(5.9)
107
(4.2)
107
(4.2)
102
(4)
107
(4.2)
91
(3.6)
140
(5.5)
173
(6.8)
1,516
(59.7)
Source: Weatherbase

The Secret Sisters, a singing and songwriting duo from neighboring Colbert County, Alabama, wrote a song called "Iuka" for their album Put Your Needle Down.

Economy

A Major employer in Iuka's industrial sector is Alliant Techsystems, a major U.S. aerospace and defense contractor.

Iuka is home to the Apron Museum, the only museum in the United States dedicated to aprons.

Education

  • Tishomingo County High School
  • Iuka Middle School
  • Iuka Elementary School

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