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Meadville, Mississippi
Location of Meadville, Mississippi
Location of Meadville, Mississippi
Meadville, Mississippi is located in the United States
Meadville, Mississippi
Meadville, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Franklin
Area
 • Total 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Land 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
number 11 all the way ft (93 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 449
 • Estimate 
(2019)
421
 • Density 372.57/sq mi (143.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39653
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-46200
GNIS feature ID 0693939

Meadville is a town in and the county seat of Franklin County, Mississippi, United States, in the southwest part of the state. The population was 449 at the 2010 census, down from 519 at the 2000 census. It is situated north of the Homochitto River, which runs from the northeast to the southwest through the county on its way to its outlet at the Mississippi River.

It is home of a chess center, covered in 60 Minutes story aired March 26, 2017, involving chess coach Jeff Bulington.

History

The town was named after Cowles Mead, a 19th-century political leader. This town developed as a trading center for the agricultural county, which had an early economy based on the cultivation of cotton. Court days also attracted farmers and their customers. The county is still largely rural.

Geography

Meadville is located in the center of Franklin County at 31°28′23″N 90°53′27″W / 31.47306°N 90.89083°W / 31.47306; -90.89083 (31.472998, -90.890856). U.S. Routes 98 and 84 bypass the town to the south. US 84 leads east 32 miles (51 km) to Brookhaven, and US 98 leads southeast 36 miles (58 km) to McComb. Together the highways lead west 32 miles (51 km) to Natchez.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Meadville has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km2), all land.

Demographics

The town had its peak of population in 1960. It is in a rural area.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 260
1920 304 16.9%
1930 341 12.2%
1940 510 49.6%
1950 524 2.7%
1960 611 16.6%
1970 594 −2.8%
1980 575 −3.2%
1990 453 −21.2%
2000 519 14.6%
2010 449 −13.5%
Est. 2019 421 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Meadville racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 359 80.13%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 70 15.63%
Native American 2 0.45%
Other/Mixed 14 3.13%
Hispanic or Latino 3 0.67%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 448 people, 230 households, and 144 families residing in the town.

Education

Meadville is served by the Franklin County School District, which includes Franklin County Elementary and a host of day cares and headstarts.

Notable people

  • Greg Briggs, former NFL safety
  • Leonard Caston, blues pianist and guitarist
  • Dick Jones, former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Pat McGehee, former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Carl Weathersby, electric blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter
  • Pete Young, former Major League Baseball pitcher
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