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Pinhook, Missouri
Inactive Village
Location of Pinhook, Missouri
Location of Pinhook, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Mississippi
Incorporated February 23, 1995
 • Total 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
 • Land 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
302 ft (92 m)
 • Total 6
 • Estimate 
 • Density 214.3/sq mi (82.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 29-57926
GNIS feature ID 0741154

Pinhook is an inactive village in Mississippi County, Missouri, United States. The population was 6 at the 2020 census.

It was settled in the 1920s by sharecroppers. The community takes its name from a nearby ridge of the same name which in turn was so named on account it having the form of a pinhook. The community was flooded in May 2011 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breached the Bird’s Point Levee to save the town of Cairo, Illinois. The government did not assist or provide help to evacuate Pinhook. The residents were left entirely on their own before the levee breach. Afterwards, the former residents resettled in East Prairie and Sikeston.


Pinhook is located at 36°44′21″N 89°16′4″W / 36.73917°N 89.26778°W / 36.73917; -89.26778 (36.739225, -89.267693).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 48
2010 30 −37.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 30 people, 17 households, and 8 families residing in the village. The population density was 214.3 inhabitants per square mile (82.7/km2). There were 19 housing units at an average density of 135.7 per square mile (52.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 3.33% White and 96.67% Black or African American.

There were 17 households, of which 11.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.9% were non-families. 52.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.76 and the average family size was 2.63.

The median age in the village was 54 years. 10% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 10% were from 25 to 44; 39.9% were from 45 to 64; and 33.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.


There has been a lot of mystery about the founding of Pinhook. Many people believe that it was founded by sharecroppers in the 1930s. This largely African American colony was expanded to nearly 250 people at one time. During the Summer of 2011 the Mississippi began to flood, Pinhook was destroyed on May 2, 2011. The Birds Point- New Madrid levee was blown to save Cairo, Illinois from flooding. Everyone in Pinhook lost their homes that they had lived in for many years. Many are devastated because they loved living in a small community, knowing everyone. These people fled to family or apartments, until they could find a new home. There has been talk of relocating the community as a whole, but the funding is the only issue. In August 2015 remaining buildings were bulldozed.

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