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McLain, Mississippi
Location of McLain, Mississippi
Location of McLain, Mississippi
McLain, Mississippi is located in the United States
McLain, Mississippi
McLain, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Greene
 • Total 3.45 sq mi (8.95 km2)
 • Land 3.39 sq mi (8.78 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
72 ft (22 m)
 • Total 441
 • Estimate 
 • Density 128.58/sq mi (49.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-43840
GNIS feature ID 0693928

McLain is a town in Greene County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 441 at the 2010 census, down from 603 at the 2000 census.


Natural disasters

In early spring 2016, McLain had major flooding which closed many roads and the school.


McLain is located in southwestern Greene County; the western border of the town follows the Perry County line. The town is on the western side of the valley of the Leaf River, a south-flowing tributary of the Pascagoula River.

U.S. Route 98 passes through the northern part of the town; the four-lane highway leads northwest 33 miles (53 km) to Hattiesburg and southeast 60 miles (97 km) to Mobile, Alabama. Mississippi Highway 57 passes through the east side of McLain, leading south 54 miles (87 km) to U.S. Route 90 near Gautier and east 17 miles (27 km) to Leakesville, the Greene County seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, McLain has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.82%, is water, consisting largely of the Leaf River, which flows along part of the eastern edge of the town.


The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, McLain has a Humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 632
1980 688 8.9%
1990 536 −22.1%
2000 603 12.5%
2010 441 −26.9%
2019 (est.) 436 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
McLain High School MS
McLain Attendance Center

As of the 2010 United States Census, There were 441 people living in the town. 73.0% were White, 26.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, and 0.5% of two or more races. 0.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 603 people, 228 households, and 157 families living in the town. The population density was 177.7 people per square mile (68.7/km2). There were 277 housing units at an average density of 81.6 per square mile (31.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 63.68% White, 35.66% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

There were 228 households, out of which 40.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 22.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% 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 3.27.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 35.8% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,000, and the median income for a family was $27,981. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $14,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,272. About 26.4% of families and 31.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.2% of those under age 18 and 28.6% of those age 65 or over.


McLain is served by the Greene County School District and the Mclain Attendance Center.


McLain has a public library run by local citizens. There is also a volunteer fire department.

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