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Sherman, Mississippi
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Location of Sherman, Mississippi
Location of Sherman, Mississippi
Sherman, Mississippi is located in the United States
Sherman, Mississippi
Sherman, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
Counties Pontotoc, Union, Lee
 • Total 1.74 sq mi (4.51 km2)
 • Land 1.74 sq mi (4.51 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
364 ft (111 m)
 • Total 650
 • Estimate 
 • Density 404.37/sq mi (156.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-67200
GNIS feature ID 0677651

Sherman is a town which straddles Lee, Pontotoc, and Union counties in Mississippi. The population was 650 at the 2010 census.


In 1840 Reuben Jones and John Witt settled what is now the Sherman community fourteen miles northeast of Pontotoc, however the town owes its formation and growth to the building of the old KCM&B Railroad. When the operation of trains was begun on the newly built railroad in 1886 a station was established and named Sherman by a resident who had formerly lived in Sherman, Texas. R.P. Kelly built the first home in the spring of 1886. Other citizens and businessmen of the town were John Witt, J.E. Wade, and John Johnson. The Mississippi Normal Institute was founded in 1889 by Professor J.N. Davis and a boarding house was maintained in connection with the institute. The institute flourished for several years with an enrollment of 300 but with the development of the public school system its patronage dwindled and about 1903 it was consolidated with the public school at Sherman. The following excerpt from the Pontotoc Democrat of September 19, 1890 describes the town: "Ninety-four miles from Memphis, 158 miles from Birmingham on the K C M & B Railroad is the thriving little town of Sherman. Her population has almost doubled in the last twelve months. She is surrounded by the best fanning lands in the State. She has 35 dwellings, 6 stores, 2 doctors, no graveyards, a ~40,000 school building and destined to be the Jupiter in the educational world.”


Sherman is located at 34°21′38″N 88°50′19″W / 34.36056°N 88.83861°W / 34.36056; -88.83861 (34.360659, -88.838734). Most of the town is in Pontotoc County with a portion extending north into Union County and a tiny portion extending east into Lee County. In the 2000 census, 425 of the town's 548 residents (77.6%) lived in Pontotoc County, 122 (22.3%) in Union County, and 1 (0.2%) in Lee County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 79
1900 300 279.7%
1910 353 17.7%
1920 421 19.3%
1930 464 10.2%
1940 449 −3.2%
1950 386 −14.0%
1960 403 4.4%
1970 468 16.1%
1980 499 6.6%
1990 528 5.8%
2000 548 3.8%
2010 650 18.6%
2019 (est.) 704 8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Sherman Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 409 68.17%
Black or African American 136 22.67%
Native American 1 0.17%
Asian 5 0.83%
Pacific Islander 1 0.17%
Other/Mixed 30 5.0%
Hispanic or Latino 18 3.0%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 600 people, 289 households, and 180 families residing in the town.


The town of Sherman is served by three school districts. Most of the town is served by the Pontotoc County School District, while the Union County portion is served by the Union County School District. The Lee County School District serves the small portion of Sherman that lies in Lee County.

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