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Merigold, Mississippi
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Location of Merigold, Mississippi
Location of Merigold, Mississippi
Merigold, Mississippi is located in the United States
Merigold, Mississippi
Merigold, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Bolivar
Area
 • Total 0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)
 • Land 0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
144 ft (44 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 379
 • Density 390.7/sq mi (151.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38759
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-46720
GNIS feature ID 0673494

Merigold (sometimes misspelled as Marigold or Merrigold) is a town in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 379.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 241
1920 606 151.5%
1930 804 32.7%
1940 704 −12.4%
1950 682 −3.1%
1960 602 −11.7%
1970 772 28.2%
1980 574 −25.6%
1990 572 −0.3%
2000 664 16.1%
2010 439 −33.9%
2020 379 −13.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Merigold town, Mississippi – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 182 159 41.46% 41.95%
Black or African American alone (NH) 221 201 50.34% 53.03%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Asian alone (NH) 11 4 2.51% 1.06%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 0 2 0.00% 0.53%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 8 8 1.82% 2.11%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 17 5 3.87% 1.32%
Total 439 379 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Education

Merigold is served by the Cleveland School District. The district operates the Hayes Cooper Center for Math and Science, located on old Highway 61. Secondary students are zoned to Cleveland Central Middle School and Cleveland Central High School.

As of 2002 some children in Merigold attended the North Sunflower Academy in unincorporated Sunflower County.

Notable people

  • Charlie Capps, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1972 to 2005
  • Esther Golar, Illinois state representative, was born in Merigold.
  • Larry Speakes, acting press secretary in the Ronald Reagan administration, grew up in Merigold.
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