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Kosciusko, Mississippi
Welcome sign located on Mississippi Highway 12
Welcome sign located on Mississippi Highway 12
Location of Kosciusko, Mississippi
Location of Kosciusko, Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Attala
 • Total 7.6 sq mi (19.6 km2)
 • Land 7.5 sq mi (19.5 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation 479 ft (146 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,402
 • Density 982/sq mi (379.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39090
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-38320
GNIS feature ID 0672213

Kosciusko /ˌkɒsiˈʌsk/ is a city in Attala County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 7,402 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Attala County.

Kosciusko is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway, northeast of Jackson. It is named for the U.S. and Polish-Lithuanian general Tadeusz Kościuszko, who assisted United States military efforts during the American Revolution. However, the Anglicized name of the city omits the "z". Kosciusko was originally named Red Bud Springs for one of three natural springs that were present in the city.

Kosciusko was the home of Magnolia Bible College, and the birthplace for several notable people, including Oprah Winfrey and James Meredith.


Kosciusko is located at 33°3′29″N 89°35′18″W / 33.05806°N 89.58833°W / 33.05806; -89.58833 (33.058108, -89.588301), along the Yockanookany River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (20 km2), of which 7.5 square miles (19 km2) is land and 0.13% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,394
1900 2,078 49.1%
1910 2,385 14.8%
1920 2,258 −5.3%
1930 3,237 43.4%
1940 4,291 32.6%
1950 6,753 57.4%
1960 6,800 0.7%
1970 7,266 6.9%
1980 7,415 2.1%
1990 6,986 −5.8%
2000 7,372 5.5%
2010 7,402 0.4%
Est. 2015 7,187 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,372 people, 2,885 households, and 1,906 families residing in the city. The population density was 977.8 people per square mile (377.5/km²). There were 3,174 housing units at an average density of 421.0 per square mile (162.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.66% White, 44.57% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 2,885 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,737, and the median income for a family was $29,000. Males had a median income of $27,423 versus $16,487 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,478. About 20.9% of families and 24.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under age 18 and 20.1% of those age 65 or over.

Blues Highway

As of April 2009, Kosciusko is featured as part of the Mississippi Blues Trail.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Kosciusko has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


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