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Ruby Avenue in Ruleville
Ruby Avenue in Ruleville
Location of Ruleville, Mississippi
Location of Ruleville, Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Sunflower
 • Total 2.5 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 • Land 2.5 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
135 ft (41 m)
 • Total 3,234
 • Density 1,278.3/sq mi (493.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-64200
GNIS feature ID 0676950

Ruleville is a city in Sunflower County, Mississippi, United States, in the Mississippi Delta region. The population was 3,234 at the 2000 census. It is the second-largest community in the rural county.


Ruleville was described as "surrounded by a fine fertile country and timber lands". Development of the settlement followed construction of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad, which established a stop here. The village was laid out in 1898 by J. W. Rule, for whom it was named. In September 1899 the official petition to Governor Anselm J. McLaurin to incorporate contained 98 names of the 'citizens and electors of Sunflower County...[who] reside in the village' noting that 150 people currently lived inside the village.

The rural area was being developed for cotton plantations after the American Civil War. Ruleville was established as an important cotton shipping point on the railroad. By the early 1900s, Ruleville had telephone and telegraph facilities, about 20 businesses, two white churches and one black church, a water works system, an electric light plant, three public gins, and excellent public schools. The population in 1900 was 336. The Bank of Ruleville was established in 1903.

During the Civil Rights Movement that expanded beginning in the 1950s, Fannie Lou Hamer, a farm worker, started a movement for poor people.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), of which 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) is land and 0.39% is water.

Ruleville is along U.S. Route 49W. Ruleville is about 15 miles (24 km) from the Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 226
1910 451 99.6%
1920 1,022 126.6%
1930 1,181 15.6%
1940 1,378 16.7%
1950 1,521 10.4%
1960 1,902 25.0%
1970 2,351 23.6%
1980 3,332 41.7%
1990 3,245 −2.6%
2000 3,234 −0.3%
2010 3,007 −7.0%
Est. 2015 2,790 −7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden
Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial in Ruleville

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,007 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 85.3% Black, 12.8% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 0.5% from two or more races. 0.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,234 people, 1,020 households, and 774 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,278.3 people per square mile (493.5/km²). There were 1,096 housing units at an average density of 433.2 per square mile (167.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.77% Black, 18.65% White, 0.43% Asian, 0.06% Native American, 0.03% from other races, and 0.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

1,020 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 34.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.55.

In the city, the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 80.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,351, and the median income for a family was $23,036. Males had a median income of $25,104 versus $21,063 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,664. About 29.5% of families and 36.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.7% of those under age 18 and 27.4% of those age 65 or over.

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