Brookhaven, Mississippi

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Brookhaven is a small city in Lincoln County
Lincoln County, Mississippi
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 33,166 people, 12,538 households, and 9,190 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile . There were 14,052 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile...

, 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
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. The population was 9,861 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 Lincoln County
Lincoln County, Mississippi
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 33,166 people, 12,538 households, and 9,190 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile . There were 14,052 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile...

. It was named after the Town of Brookhaven
Brookhaven, New York
The Town of Brookhaven is one of the ten towns into which Suffolk County, New York, United States, has been divided. Part of the New York metropolitan area, it is located in central Suffolk County and is the only town in the county that stretches from the North Shore to the South Shore of Long...

, New York
New York
New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is the nation's third most populous state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east...

, by founder Samuel Jayne, in 1818.


According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, Brookhaven has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²), of which, 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1035995244 km²) of it (0.27%) is water.

The size of the city was expanded in late 2007 to almost triple the previous size. It was done through a vote of annexation.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 9,861 people, 3,810 households, and 2,480 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 1,345.6 people per square mile (519.4/km²). There were 4,240 housing units at an average density of 578.6 per square mile (223.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 47.55% White, 50.91% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.18% 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 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 3,810 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples
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, 21.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,632, and the median income for a family was $30,950. Males had a median income of $28,079 versus $20,047 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 $13,695. About 23.3% of families and 26.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.8% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Brookhaven is served by the Brookhaven School District
Brookhaven School District
The Brookhaven School District is a public school district based in Brookhaven, Mississippi .-Schools:*Brookhaven High School **1983-1984 National Blue Ribbon School *Alexander Junior High School...

. There is also a private school, Brookhaven Academy, that serves the city. Mississippi School of the Arts
Mississippi School of the Arts
The Mississippi School of the Arts is an upper high school of literary, visual, and performing arts on historic Whitworth College Campus in Brookhaven, Mississippi, about sixty miles south of Jackson, Mississippi. MSA teaches 11th and 12th grade students. The site has 6 buildings designated as...

 is also located in the city. Four county school are also located in Brookhaven rurals areas: Bogue Chitto Attendance Center, Enterprise Attendance Center, Loyd Star Attendance Center and West Lincoln Attendance Center.

Media Outlets

Brookhaven is a part of the Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson is the capital and the most populous city of the US state of Mississippi. It is one of two county seats of Hinds County ,. The population of the city declined from 184,256 at the 2000 census to 173,514 at the 2010 census...

 Television Market, including news stations WLBT
WLBT, virtual channel 3 , is the NBC-affiliated television station in Jackson, Mississippi, and it is owned by Raycom Media. WLBT transmits its signal from an antenna, 624 meters in height, located near Raymond.-History:...

WJTV is the CBS-affiliated television station for Jackson, Mississippi. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter in Raymond. The station can also be seen on Comcast channel 13 and in high definition on digital channel 433. Owned by Media General, WJTV has...

, WAPT, and WDBD
WDBD is the Fox-affiliated television station for Jackson, Mississippi. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 40 from a transmitter on Thigpen Road in Raymond. The station can also be seen on Comcast channel 6 and in high definition on digital channel 434...

. The city is served by a daily newspaper called The Daily Leader.

Notable residents

  • Lance Alworth
    Lance Alworth
    Lance Dwight Alworth is a former American collegiate and Professional Football wide receiver. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame...

    , member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
    Pro Football Hall of Fame
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     and College Football Hall of Fame
    College Football Hall of Fame
    The College Football Hall of Fame is a hall of fame and museum devoted to college football. Located in South Bend, Indiana, it is connected to a convention center and situated in the city's renovated downtown district, two miles south of the University of Notre Dame campus. It is slated to move...

    , attended Brookhaven High School.
  • David Banner
    David Banner
    Lavell Crump , better known by his stage name David Banner, is an American rapper, record producer and occasional actor. Banner was born in Jackson, Mississippi and graduated from Southern University. He started his music career as a member of the rap duo, Crooked Lettaz before going solo in 2000...

    , rapper, grew up in Brookhaven.
  • Bruce Brady, sculptor, author. Sculpted the Conerly Trophy
    Conerly Trophy
    The Conerly Trophy or Cellular South Conerly Trophy is an award given annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.-Voting:...

     and founded the non-profit organization Catch-A-Dream to benefit ill children.
  • Jim Brewer
    Jim Brewer (blues musician)
    Jim Brewer aka Blind Jim Brewer, although Brewer did not like this additive , was an African-American blues singer and guitarist....

    , Maxwell Street
    Maxwell Street
    Maxwell Street is an east-west street in Chicago, Illinois that intersects with Halsted Street just south of Roosevelt Road. It runs at 1330 South in the numbering system running from 500 West to 1126 West. The Maxwell Street neighborhood is considered part of the Near West Side and is one of the...

     blues musician, was born in Brookhaven.
  • Bernie Ebbers, former CEO of WorldCom, lived both in and near Brookhaven before being sent to prison for white-collar fraud.
  • Charles Henri Ford
    Charles Henri Ford
    Charles Henri Ford was an American poet, novelist, filmmaker, photographer, and collage artist best known for his editorship of the Surrealist magazine View in New York City, and as the partner of the artist Pavel Tchelitchew...

    , American poet, novelist, filmmaker, photographer, and collage artist.
  • Ruth Ford
    Ruth Ford (actress)
    Ruth Ford was an American model and stage and film actress. Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford. Their parents managed the Tennessee Hotel in Clarksville, Tennessee.-Life and career:As a model she posed for Harper's, Town and Country and Mademoiselle...

    , actress
  • Earsell Mackbee
    Earsell Mackbee
    Earsell Mackbee was a professional American football player.Mackbee was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and graduated from Utah State University, where he starred as a cornerback. He played 5 seasons in the National Football League, all with the Minnesota Vikings...

    , football player
  • Robert W. Pittman
    Robert W. Pittman
    Robert Warren "Bob" Pittman , is an American businessman and the founder of MTV. On October 2, 2011, Pittman was named CEO of Clear Channel Media Holdings, Inc.. Pittman has also been the CEO of MTV Networks, AOL, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner...

    , founder MTV
    MTV, formerly an initialism of Music Television, is an American network based in New York City that launched on August 1, 1981. The original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by on-air hosts known as VJs....

     and former CEO and COO of AOL
    AOL Inc. is an American global Internet services and media company. AOL is headquartered at 770 Broadway in New York. Founded in 1983 as Control Video Corporation, it has franchised its services to companies in several nations around the world or set up international versions of its services...

    ), was raised in Brookhaven.
  • Dr. J. Kim Sessums
    J. Kim Sessums
    Dr. J. Kim Sessums is an American artist and physician, best known for his sculptures. Sessums resides in Brookhaven, Mississippi.Sessums earned his medical degree at the University of Mississippi. The University later installed his six-foot statue of University of Mississippi football coach John...

    , artist. Designed the African-American Monument in the Vicksburg National Military Park
    Vicksburg National Military Park
    Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg, waged from May 18 to July 4, 1863. The park, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Delta, Louisiana, also commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign, which preceded the battle. Reconstructed forts and...

  • Addie L. Wyatt
    Addie L. Wyatt
    Addie L. Wyatt is leader in the United States Labor movement, and a civil rights activist. Wyatt is known for being the first African-American woman elected international vice president of a major labor union, the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. Wyatt began her career in the union in the early...

    , leader in the United States Labor movement, civil rights activist, and Time magazine
    Time (magazine)
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     as Person of the Year in 1975. .

Rail Transportation

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's City of New Orleans
City of New Orleans
The City of New Orleans is a nightly passenger train operated by Amtrak which travels between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. Before Amtrak's formation in 1971, the train was operated by the Illinois Central Railroad along the same route . The train currently operates on a 19½ hour...

 serves Brookhaven.

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