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New Albany, Mississippi
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Nickname(s): 
"The Fair and Friendly City"
Location of New Albany, Mississippi
Location of New Albany, Mississippi
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Coordinates: 34°29′32″N 89°0′34″W / 34.49222°N 89.00944°W / 34.49222; -89.00944Coordinates: 34°29′32″N 89°0′34″W / 34.49222°N 89.00944°W / 34.49222; -89.00944
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Union
Area
 • Total 18.28 sq mi (47.35 km2)
 • Land 18.23 sq mi (47.22 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
361 ft (110 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 8,034
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,753
 • Density 480.06/sq mi (185.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38652
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-51000
GNIS feature ID 0694153

New Albany is a city in Union County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 8,034 at the 2010 census. New Albany is the county seat of Union County.

Geography

New Albany is located at 34°29′32″N 89°0′34″W / 34.49222°N 89.00944°W / 34.49222; -89.00944 (34.492237, -89.009448).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44 km2), of which 17.0 square miles (44 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.35%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 250
1890 548 119.2%
1900 1,033 88.5%
1910 2,032 96.7%
1920 2,531 24.6%
1930 3,187 25.9%
1940 3,602 13.0%
1950 3,680 2.2%
1960 5,151 40.0%
1970 6,426 24.8%
1980 7,072 10.1%
1990 6,775 −4.2%
2000 7,607 12.3%
2010 8,034 5.6%
2019 (est.) 8,753 8.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,526 people, 3,049 households, and 3,027 families residing in the city. The population density was 476.1 people per square mile (172.3/km2). There were 3,329 housing units at an average density of 195.2 per square mile (75.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.98% White, 32.98% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 1.54% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.83% of the population.

There were 3,049 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,730, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $29,457 versus $20,579 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,507. About 14.7% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 23.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

New Albany is bisected by Interstate 22 (US Highway 78).

New Albany is connected to Ripley in the North and Pontotoc to the South by State Highway 15. Highway 30 connects New Albany and Oxford to the West and Booneville to the Northeast, although when traveling from Oxford towards Booneville an alternate route must be taken within the city limits.

New Albany is served by BNSF Railway (formerly St. Louis – San Francisco Railway) and the Ripley and New Albany Railroad (formerly Gulf, Mobile and Ohio). The two railroads cross downtown.

New Albany was once a stop for Gulf, Mobile and Ohio's famous "Rebel" streamlined passenger train.

Education

The city of New Albany is served by the New Albany School District and is the location of a satellite campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College located at 301 North Street.

Notable people

  • Willie Daniel, football player.
  • William Faulkner, Nobel Prize-winning author.
  • Doc Marshall, baseball player.
  • Estus Pirkle, Baptist minister and filmmaker.
  • Mike Ratliff, basketball player.
  • Hubert D. Stephens, U.S. Senator from Mississippi.
  • John Stroud, basketball player.
  • Eli Whiteside, catcher and coach for the San Francisco Giants.
  • Bettie Wilson, woman who lived to 115
  • Marcus Green, NFL player
  • Ethan Paquin, poet.
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