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West Point, Mississippi
Downtown West Point from Broad Street
Downtown West Point from Broad Street
Official seal of West Point, Mississippi
Point City
Location of West Point, Mississippi
Location of West Point, Mississippi
West Point, Mississippi is located in the United States
West Point, Mississippi
West Point, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Clay
 • Total 21.13 sq mi (54.73 km2)
 • Land 20.88 sq mi (54.09 km2)
 • Water 0.24 sq mi (0.64 km2)
223 ft (68 m)
 • Total 11,307
 • Estimate 
 • Density 498.18/sq mi (192.35/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-79120
GNIS feature ID 0679519

West Point is a city in Clay County, Mississippi, United States, in the Golden Triangle region of the state. The population was 11,307 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Clay County and the principal city of the West Point Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Columbus-West Point Combined Statistical Area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.1 square miles (55 km2), of which 20.8 square miles (54 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (1.28%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,392
1880 1,786 28.3%
1890 2,762 54.6%
1900 3,193 15.6%
1910 4,864 52.3%
1920 4,400 −9.5%
1930 4,677 6.3%
1940 5,627 20.3%
1950 6,432 14.3%
1960 8,550 32.9%
1970 8,714 1.9%
1980 8,811 1.1%
1990 8,489 −3.7%
2000 12,145 43.1%
2010 11,307 −6.9%
2019 (est.) 10,404 −8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

West Point is located in the northeast section of Mississippi just across the Alabama state line. The city has a rich heritage, with generations of family lineage calling it home. Historically the area has a blend of African American, White and Native American lineage. The city has many social activities sponsored by church and civic organizations.

2020 census

West Point Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 3,469 34.33%
Black or African American 6,275 62.1%
Native American 24 0.24%
Asian 41 0.41%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 204 2.03%
Hispanic or Latino 90 0.89%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 10,105 people, 4,211 households, and 2,523 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,307 people 4,444 households, and 3,043 families residing in the city. The population density was 535.13 people per square mile (225.3/km2). There were 4,856 housing units at an average density of 235.3 per square mile (90.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 37.57% White, 61.40% African American, 0.01% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race was 0.88% of the population.

There were 3,043 households, out of which 22.2% had own children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.1% were married couples living together, 28.4% had a female householder with no husband present, male household no wife present 4.9% and 31.5% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 28.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48, and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 20 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.4 years. The population was 53.7% female and 46.3% male.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,440, and the median income for a family was $39,295. The per capita income for the city was $17,675. About 23.4% of families and 24.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.8% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those people age 65 or over.


Child workers in West Point, Mississippi
Child labor in West Point Cotton Mills, May 1911. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Sallie Kate Winters Park Spring
Sallie Kate Winters Park in full bloom

Large businesses in West Point include Southern Ionics, Babcock & Wilcox, and Mossy Oak. Bryan Foods was founded in West Point in 1936 by John H. Bryan, Sr and W.B. Bryan. Bryan Foods was acquired by Sara Lee Corporation in 1968 and continued operations in West Point until March 2007. West Point has an ever-increasing economic sector with the opening of the new Prairie Belt Power Site. The site allows advantage to West Point with its easy access to major highways, waterways and railways; ample electric power and natural gas resources; and access to three airports.


Public education in the city of West Point is provided by the West Point Consolidated School District.

The West Point Green Wave football team has won the state championship for their classification 11 times, in 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

West Point is the home of three high schools: West Point High School, the town's lone public high school, offers a diverse classroom environment and is the largest of the three. Oak Hill Academy and Hebron Christian School are tuition based private schools.

Oak Hill Academy is a private PK-12 school that was founded in 1966 as a segregation academy for white students.

Notable people

  • Jesse Anderson, professional football player
  • Tyrone Bell, professional football player
  • Orlando Bobo, professional football player
  • Wirt Bowman, capitalist, entrepreneur, and one of the founders of the Agua Caliente Casino and Hotel
  • George W. Bryan, local businessman, former CEO of Sara Lee Foods
  • John H. Bryan, local businessman and former chairman of Sara Lee Corporation
  • Silas Chandler (1838-1919), co-founder of Mount Hermon Baptist Church
  • John Davidson, former member of the Illinois Senate
  • Vontarrius Dora, football outside linebacker
  • Kevin Dotson, football offensive guard
  • Jesse Dukeminier (1925–2003), professor of law
  • David Gibbs, legislator, businessman
  • Karl Gibbs, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
  • Tom Goode, professional football player
  • Johnny Green, football player
  • Fox Haas, conservationist
  • Toxey Haas, founder and CEO of Haas Outdoors, Inc.
  • Floyd Heard, retired track and field sprinter
  • Carey Henley, football player
  • Paul V. Hester, Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, 2004–2007
  • Don Hopkins, pinch runner for the Oakland Athletics
  • Dewayne Jefferson, former professional basketball player
  • Lyndon Johnson, football defensive end
  • Reuben D. Jones, retired United States Army major general
  • Bubba Phillips, baseball player
  • Lenore L. Prather, Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court
  • Dolph Pulliam, former basketball player
  • Earl T. Ricks, U.S. Air Force major general, Chief of the National Guard Bureau and mayor of Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Larry Semon, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter during the silent film era
  • Brad Smith (born 1968), guitarist for the band Blind Melon
  • Rogers Stevens (born 1970), guitarist for the band Blind Melon
  • Barrett Strong, Motown singer who had Motown's first hit with "Money"
  • Bennie Turner, legislator, lawyer
  • Angela Turner-Ford, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
  • Michael Williams, film director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor
  • Howlin' Wolf (real name Chester Arthur Burnett), blues musician, born in West Point
  • Zora Young, blues singer

See also

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