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Lucedale, Mississippi
City
George County Courthouse in Lucedale
George County Courthouse in Lucedale
Motto: "Where People & Progress Meet"
Location of Lucedale, Mississippi
Location of Lucedale, Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County George
Area
 • Total 6.39 sq mi (16.55 km2)
 • Land 6.39 sq mi (16.55 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 281 ft (86 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,923
 • Density 457/sq mi (176.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39452
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-42440
GNIS feature ID 0672944

Lucedale (pronounced "loose-dale" /ˈlsdl/) is a city in George County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lucedale was founded in 1901 when Governor A.H. Longino signed his name and his seal to the proclamation. It was named after its founder, Gregory N. Luce, who operated a lumber business there. The population was 2,923 at the 2010 census, up from 2,458 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of George County.

Geography

Lucedale is located in northern George County at 30°55′11″N 88°35′30″W / 30.91972°N 88.59167°W / 30.91972; -88.59167 (30.919824, -88.591669). Mississippi Highway 198 passes through the city as Main Street, leading east 4.5 miles (7.2 km) to U.S. Route 98 and northwest 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to Mississippi Highway 63, both of which are four-lane highways bypassing Lucedale. US 98 leads southeast 40 miles (64 km) to Mobile, Alabama, and northwest 54 miles (87 km) to Hattiesburg, while Highway 63 leads north 20 miles (32 km) to Leakesville and south 43 miles (69 km) to Pascagoula.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Lucedale has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.6 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 797
1920 629 −21.1%
1930 834 32.6%
1940 1,204 44.4%
1950 1,631 35.5%
1960 1,977 21.2%
1970 2,083 5.4%
1980 2,429 16.6%
1990 2,592 6.7%
2000 2,458 −5.2%
2010 2,923 18.9%
Est. 2015 3,011 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,458 people, 916 households, and 628 families residing in the city. The population density was 646.2 people per square mile (249.7/km²). There were 1,052 housing units at an average density of 276.6 per square mile (106.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.45% White, 29.21% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

There were 916 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,604, and the median income for a family was $29,338. Males had a median income of $27,386 versus $18,313 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,151. About 23.9% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.3% of those under age 18 and 19.1% of those age 65 or over.

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