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Leakesville, Mississippi
Location of Leakesville, Mississippi
Location of Leakesville, Mississippi
Leakesville, Mississippi is located in the United States
Leakesville, Mississippi
Leakesville, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Greene
Area
 • Total 1.59 sq mi (4.11 km2)
 • Land 1.58 sq mi (4.10 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
108 ft (33 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 898
 • Estimate 
(2019)
894
 • Density 565.11/sq mi (218.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39451
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-39840
GNIS feature ID 0672343

Leakesville is a town in and the county seat of Greene County, Mississippi, United States. It is located along the Chickasawhay River in Greene County, Mississippi, United States. It is served by the junction of Mississippi routes 57 and 63. As of the 2010 census, the rural town population was 898, down from 1,026 at the 2000 census.

History

A post office called Leakesville has been in operation since 1829. The town was named for Walter Leake, third governor of Mississippi.

Geography

Leakesville is in southeastern Greene County, on the west side of the Chickasawhay River, a south-flowing tributary of the Pascagoula River. Via Mississippi Highway 63, it is 20 miles (32 km) south to Lucedale and 19 miles (31 km) northwest to Sand Hill, and via Highway 57 it is 24 miles (39 km) north to State Line and 17 miles (27 km) west to McLain.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Leakesville has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), of which 0.0039 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.31%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 466
1920 555 19.1%
1930 562 1.3%
1940 834 48.4%
1950 893 7.1%
1960 1,014 13.5%
1970 1,090 7.5%
1980 1,120 2.8%
1990 1,129 0.8%
2000 1,026 −9.1%
2010 898 −12.5%
2019 (est.) 894 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Leakesville racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,686 44.66%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,981 52.48%
Native American 7 0.19%
Other/Mixed 51 1.35%
Hispanic or Latino 50 1.32%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,775 people, 340 households, and 241 families residing in the town. The sudden population increase and shift in racial demographics can be explained by the annexation of the South Mississippi Correctional Institution.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, There were 898 people living in the town. 78.0% were White, 20.0% African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% of some other race and 1.2% of two or more races. 2.3% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Education

Leakesville is served by the Greene County School District. Schools include Greene County High School, Leakesville Junior High School, and Leakesville Elementary School.

Notable people

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