Newton, Mississippi

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Newton is a city in Newton County
Newton County, Mississippi
-History:Newton County was formed in 1836. All sources say it was named in honor of Sir Isaac Newton, including the 1896 history of Newton County.Newton County is adjacent to Jasper County, which was named for Sgt. William Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero of the Siege of Savannah in 1779. Sgt. John...

, 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
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. The population was 3,699 at the 2000 census. Country singer/songwriter Paul Overstreet
Paul Overstreet
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 was born in Newton.

Geography


Newton is located at 32°19′30"N 89°9′34"W (32.325109, -89.159510).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.6 km²), of which, 7.2 square miles (18.6 km²) of it is land and 0.14% is water.

Demographics


As of 2008, there were 3,674 people, 1,420 households, and 971 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 516.7 people per square mile (199.5/km²). There were 1,638 housing units at an average density of 228.8 per square mile (88.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 43.90% White, 54.69% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.19% from other races
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, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 1,420 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples
Marriage
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 living together, 22.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 80.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,067, and the median income for a family was $32,527. Males had a median income of $26,471 versus $19,333 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $15,476. About 20.1% of families and 24.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.2% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.