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Tunica, Mississippi
Town
TunicaMSTownSign.jpg
Location of Tunica in Tunica County
Location of Tunica in Tunica County
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Tunica
Incorporated 1888
Area
 • Total 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Land 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 197 ft (60 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,132
 • Density 1,588.4/sq mi (613.3/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38676
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-74760
GNIS feature ID 0678927
Website townoftunica.com

Tunica is a town in and the county seat of Tunica County, Mississippi, near the Mississippi River. Until the early 1990s, the rural town was one of the most impoverished places in the United States, and its population has declined since the peak in 1970.

History

Tunica is the fourth community to serve as county seat of Tunica County, Its fortunes have improved since development of a gambling resort area nearby. While population growth has occurred mostly outside Tunica, the major casinos employ numerous locals. They attract visitors from nearby Memphis, Tennessee, West Memphis, Arkansas and all over the Southeastern United States.

Geography

Tunica is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 198
1900 485 144.9%
1910 555 14.4%
1920 955 72.1%
1930 1,043 9.2%
1940 1,322 26.7%
1950 1,354 2.4%
1960 1,445 6.7%
1970 1,685 16.6%
1980 1,361 −19.2%
1990 1,175 −13.7%
2000 1,132 −3.7%
2010 1,030 −9.0%
Est. 2015 981 −4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
Main Street - Tunica, Mississippi
Main Street in Tunica

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,132 people, 537 households, and 254 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,588.4 people per square mile (615.6/km²). There were 592 housing units at an average density of 830.7 per square mile (321.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.84% White, 29.42% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.88% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.30% of the population.

There were 537 households, of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.7% were non-families. Of all households, 48.0% were made up of individuals and 26.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,607, and the median income for a family was $54,583. Males had a median income of $30,208 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,114. About 17.1% of families and 25.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under age 18 and 21.3% of those age 65 or over.


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