Booneville, Mississippi

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Booneville is a city in Prentiss County
Prentiss County, Mississippi
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 25,556 people, 9,821 households, and 7,169 families residing in the county. The population density was 62 people per square mile . There were 10,681 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile...

, Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi is a U.S. state located in the Southern United States. Jackson is the state capital and largest city. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary, whose name comes from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The population was 8,625 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Prentiss County
Prentiss County, Mississippi
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 25,556 people, 9,821 households, and 7,169 families residing in the county. The population density was 62 people per square mile . There were 10,681 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile...

.

Booneville is home to Northeast Mississippi Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College, also known as NEMCC, is a public, comprehensive community college. NEMCC is a located in Booneville, Mississippi, USA...

, which has an annual enrollment in excess of 6,000 students. The community college serves five counties: Prentiss, Tippah
Tippah County, Mississippi
-Demographics:At the 2000 census, there are 20,826 people, 8,108 households and 5,910 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 per square mile . There were 8,868 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile...

, Alcorn
Alcorn County, Mississippi
There were 14,224 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.30% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had...

, Union
Union County, Mississippi
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 25,362 people, 9,786 households, and 7,241 families residing in the county. The population density was 61 people per square mile . There were 10,693 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile...

, and Tishomingo
Tishomingo County, Mississippi
As of the census of 2000 there were 19,163 people, 7,917 households, and 5,573 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile . There were 9,553 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile...

. Booneville is also the birthplace of Congressman Travis W. Childers.

Booneville is one of 21 certified Mississippi retirement cities.

History


The community was named for R.H. Boone, a relative of Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone was an American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits mad']'e him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which was then beyond the western borders of...

, the early American pioneer.

Geography


Booneville is located at 34°39′40"N 88°33′41"W (34.661115, -88.561426).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 25.7 square miles (66.6 km²), of which 25.7 square miles (66.6 km²) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1035995244 km²) (0.16%) is water.

Demographics


As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 8,625 people, 3,302 households, and 2,205 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 335.8 people per square mile (129.6/km²). There were 3,625 housing units at an average density of 141.1 per square mile (54.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.88% White, 18.49% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.15% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 3,302 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 16.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,361, and the median income for a family was $38,918. Males had a median income of $29,667 versus $19,821 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $15,128. About 11.2% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education

  • The City of Booneville is served by two public school districts - Booneville
    Booneville School District (Mississippi)
    The Booneville School District is a public school district based in Booneville, Mississippi .-2006-07 school year:There were a total of 1,380 students enrolled in the Booneville School District during the 2006-2007 school year. The gender makeup of the district was 48% female and 52% male...

     and Prentiss County
    Prentiss County School District
    The Prentiss County School District is a public school district based in Booneville, Mississippi .In addition to portions of Booneville, the district also serves the towns of Marietta and Jumpertown, and the unincorporated communities of New Site, Thrasher, and Wheeler.-Schools:*New Site High...

    .
  • Northeast Mississippi Community College
    Northeast Mississippi Community College
    Northeast Mississippi Community College, also known as NEMCC, is a public, comprehensive community college. NEMCC is a located in Booneville, Mississippi, USA...


Television Stations

  • WMAE-TV Channel 12 TV
  • W34DV
    W34DV
    W34DV Channel 34 TV is a Class A television station located in Booneville, Mississippi. The station is owned and operated by the Unity Broadcasting Network.-Coverage Areas:*Booneville, Mississippi*Jumpertown, Mississippi*Baldwyn, Mississippi...

     Channel 34 TV
  • W53AF
    W53AF
    W53AF is a low-power television station in the United States based in Booneville, Corinth and Alcorn County, Mississippi, run by the Unity Broadcasting Network....

     Channel 53 TV

Transportation


The Booneville/Baldwyn Airport
Booneville/Baldwyn Airport
Booneville/Baldwyn Airport is a public use airport in Prentiss County, Mississippi, United States. It is owned by the cities of Booneville and Baldwyn, and located six nautical miles southwest of the central business district of Booneville...

 is owned by the cities of Booneville and Baldwyn
Baldwyn, Mississippi
Baldwyn is a city in Lee and Prentiss Counties, Mississippi, United States. Baldwyn is located on Highway 370, due north of Tupelo, Mississippi. It was incorporated by Act of the Legislature in Tishomingo and Itawamba Counties on April 1, 1861...

. It is located in Prentiss County
Prentiss County, Mississippi
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 25,556 people, 9,821 households, and 7,169 families residing in the county. The population density was 62 people per square mile . There were 10,681 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile...

, six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) southwest of Booneville's central business district
Central business district
A central business district is the commercial and often geographic heart of a city. In North America this part of a city is commonly referred to as "downtown" or "city center"...

.

Notable people from Booneville

  • Travis W. Childers, Congressman, House of Representatives, D-MS 1st District, 2nd term
  • Harold Bishop, Jr., professional football player
  • Billy McCoy
    William J. (Billy) McCoy
    William J. "Billy" McCoy , is a farmer and Democratic politician from Rienzi, Mississippi. He is the incumbent Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State of Mississippi.- Background :...

    , speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives
    Mississippi House of Representatives
    The Mississippi House of Representatives is the lower house of the Mississippi Legislature, the lawmaking body of the U.S. state of Mississippi....

  • Will Estell, author, magazine publisher, and writer
  • "Mean" Gene Kelton
    Gene Kelton
    Gene Kelton was an American guitarist, harmonica player and singer-songwriter, based in Houston, Texas. He played Americana, blues-rock, Southern rock and rockabilly music.-Blues roots:...

    , singer-songwriter, blues musician, and band leader of Mean Gene Kelton & The Die Hards
  • George E. Allen
    George E. Allen
    George Edward Allen was an American political operative who was involved in a famous football game while in college.-Early life and education:He was born in Booneville, Mississippi...

    , American political figure and head football
    American football
    American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

     coach
    Coach (sport)
    In sports, a coach is an individual involved in the direction, instruction and training of the operations of a sports team or of individual sportspeople.-Staff:...

     for 1 game at Cumberland University
    Cumberland University
    Cumberland University is a private university in Lebanon, Tennessee, United States. It was founded in 1842, though the current campus buildings were constructed between 1892 and 1896.-History:...

  • Jim Drewry, Booneville High School Head Football Coach and Mississippi's all-time winningest High School Football
    High school football
    High school football, in North America, refers to the game of football as it is played in the United States and Canada. It ranks among the most popular interscholastic sports in both of these nations....

     coach 346-157-5 all-time coaching record; Head coaching stops: Kossuth MS (1958–1959), Booneville MS (1965—1977), Kossuth MS (1978–1986), Tishomingo High School MS(1989), Booneville MS (1990–2009)
  • Michael Rubenstein, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and award-winning sportscaster
  • Jamie Davis
    Jamie Davis (musician)
    Jamie Davis is an American country/soul/Southern rock musician. He is best known as lead singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter of Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy, the band notable for its 2006 single "Mississippi Moonshine"....

    , Southern rock musician and member of Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy
  • Dustin Childers - Former Southern rock guitarist for Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy and the son of Congressman Childers
  • Stephanie McAfee - NY Times Bestselling Author

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