Ackerman, Mississippi

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Ackerman is a town in Choctaw County
Choctaw County, Mississippi
-National protected areas:* Natchez Trace Parkway * Tombigbee National Forest -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 9,758 people, 3,686 households, and 2,668 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile . There were 4,249 housing units at an...

, Mississippi
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, United States
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. The population was 1,696 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat
County seat
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 of Choctaw County
Choctaw County, Mississippi
-National protected areas:* Natchez Trace Parkway * Tombigbee National Forest -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 9,758 people, 3,686 households, and 2,668 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile . There were 4,249 housing units at an...


It is named for an early landowner.


Ackerman is located at 33°18′41"N 89°10′29"W (33.311400, -89.174745).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) of it is land and 0.44% is water.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 1,696 people, 711 households, and 430 families residing in the town. The population density
Population density
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 was 752.7 people per square mile (291.0/km²). There were 781 housing units at an average density of 346.6 per square mile (134.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 62.97% White, 34.85% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.94% from other races
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, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

There were 711 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.8% were married couples
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 living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,287, and the median income for a family was $30,511. Males had a median income of $30,588 versus $20,739 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the town was $13,486. About 17.8% of families and 24.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.2% of those under age 18 and 20.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Blackwood Brothers, Gospel Quartet
  • James P. Coleman
    James P. Coleman
    James Plemon "J.P." Coleman was a politician from the state of Mississippi.-Biography:Coleman was born in Ackerman, Mississippi. He obtained a law degree from The George Washington University Law School in 1939. As a young man, he served upon the staff of Mississippi Congressman A. L. Ford...

    , Mississippi Governor (1956–1960)
  • Ray Mabus
    Ray Mabus
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    , Mississippi Governor (1988–1992)
  • Cheryl Prewitt
    Cheryl Prewitt
    Cheryl Prewitt , from Ackerman, Mississippi was Miss America 1980. Cheryl Prewitt-Salem grew up in the community of Chester in Choctaw County, Mississippi. She is now married to Harry Salem, . She has two sons and a daughter who is deceased...

    , Miss America
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  • Coby Miller
    Coby Miller
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    , Olympic sprinter
  • Turner Catledge
    Turner Catledge
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    (1901—1983) was an American journalist who was managing editor of the New York Times. He was later a vice-chairman of the company. His biography, My Life and The Times was published in 1971.