McCool, Mississippi

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McCool is a town in Attala County
Attala County, Mississippi
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 19,661 people, 7,567 households, and 5,380 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile . There were 8,639 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile...

, Mississippi
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, United States
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. The population was 182 at the 2000 census.


McCool is located at 33°11′54"N 89°20′35"W (33.198453, -89.343092), along the Yockanookany River
Yockanookany River
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According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 182 people, 72 households, and 49 families residing in the town. The population density
Population density
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 was 193.6 people per square mile (74.8/km²). There were 82 housing units at an average density of 87.2 per square mile (33.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 73.08% White, 25.82% African American, 0.55% Asian, and 0.55% from two or more races.

There were 72 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples
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 living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.8% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,659, and the median income for a family was $27,083. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the town was $10,760. About 18.4% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 11.4% of those sixty five or over.


McCool post office
Post office
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 was established September 11, 1883, with Charles W. Thompson as first postmaster.

Notable natives

  • Anna Tadlock, Miss Mississippi
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  • Margaret Wade
    Margaret Wade (basketball coach)
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    , basketball coach, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • John D. Winters
    John D. Winters
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    , historian
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    , author of The Civil War
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     in Louisiana
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    (1963), was born in McCool but reared in Lake Providence
    Lake Providence, Louisiana
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    , Louisiana.