Corinth, Mississippi

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Corinth, Mississippi
—  City  —
Location of Corinth, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°56′14″N 88°30′55″W / 34.93722°N 88.51528°W / 34.93722; -88.51528Coordinates: 34°56′14″N 88°30′55″W / 34.93722°N 88.51528°W / 34.93722; -88.51528
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyAlcorn
Area
 • Total30.6 sq mi (79.2 km2)
 • Land30.5 sq mi (78.9 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation440 ft (134 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total14,054
 • Density461.5/sq mi (178.2/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes38834-38835
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-15700
GNIS feature ID0668825
 
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Corinth, Mississippi
—  City  —
Location of Corinth, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°56′14″N 88°30′55″W / 34.93722°N 88.51528°W / 34.93722; -88.51528Coordinates: 34°56′14″N 88°30′55″W / 34.93722°N 88.51528°W / 34.93722; -88.51528
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyAlcorn
Area
 • Total30.6 sq mi (79.2 km2)
 • Land30.5 sq mi (78.9 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation440 ft (134 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total14,054
 • Density461.5/sq mi (178.2/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes38834-38835
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-15700
GNIS feature ID0668825

Corinth is a city in Alcorn County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 14,573 at the 2010 census.[1] It is the county seat of Alcorn County[2]. Its ZIP codes are 38834 and 38835.

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History

"Taylor Street Looking North, Oct. 1930." Work crew repaving street. 1930.[3]

Corinth was founded in 1853 as Cross City, so-called because it served as a junction for the Mobile & Ohio and Memphis & Charleston railroads. It was the town's early newspaper editor, W.E. Gibson, who suggested the name of Corinth, named for the city in Greece that also served as a crossroads.

Corinth's location at the junction of two railroads made it strategically important to the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard retreated to Corinth after the Battle of Shiloh, pursued by Union Major General Henry W. Halleck. General Beauregard abandoned the town when General Halleck approached, letting it fall into the Union's hands. Since Halleck approached so cautiously, digging entrenchments at every stop for over a month, this action has been known as the Siege of Corinth.

The Union sent Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans to Corinth as well and concentrated its forces in the city. The Second Battle of Corinth took place on October 3–4, 1862, when Confederate Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn attempted to retake the city. The Confederate troops won back the city for a very brief period but were quickly forced out again on the same day when the Union troops were reinforced.

Locales on the National Register of Historic Places

Geography

Corinth is located in northeast Mississippi at the intersection of (north/south) U.S. Route 45 and (east/west) U.S. Route 72. It is the county seat of Alcorn County, which is the smallest county in area in the state of Mississippi. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.6 square miles (79 km2), of which 30.5 square miles (79 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.43%) is water.

Communities near Corinth

Rivers and streams


Climate

Climate data for Corinth, Mississippi
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)80
(27)
86
(30)
89
(32)
94
(34)
100
(38)
106
(41)
111
(44)
110
(43)
105
(41)
96
(36)
88
(31)
80
(27)
111
(44)
Average high °F (°C)49
(9)
54
(12)
63
(17)
72
(22)
80
(27)
87
(31)
90
(32)
90
(32)
84
(29)
73
(23)
62
(17)
51
(11)
77.2
(25.1)
Average low °F (°C)28
(−2)
32
(0)
39
(4)
46
(8)
56
(13)
64
(18)
68
(20)
67
(19)
59
(15)
47
(8)
38
(3)
31
(−1)
55.3
(12.9)
Record low °F (°C)−19
(−28)
−6
(−21)
9
(−13)
25
(−4)
35
(2)
43
(6)
51
(11)
49
(9)
36
(2)
24
(−4)
4
(−16)
−6
(−21)
−19
(−28)
Source: The Weather Channel[4]

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 14,054 people, 6,220 households, and 3,800 families residing in the city. The population density was 461.5 people per square mile (178.2/km²). There were 7,058 housing units at an average density of 231.8 per square mile (89.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.28% White, 21.60% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.73% of the population.

There were 6,220 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 35.6% 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 2.19 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,436, and the median income for a family was $35,232. Males had a median income of $29,027 versus $21,071 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,452. About 18.2% of families and 22.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 23.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Public Schools

Libraries

Museums

Health care

Transportation

Highways

Air travel

Media

Newspapers

FM & AM radio stations

Notable residents and natives

See also

External links

External images
Corinth, Miss. Collection - Mississippi Department of Archives and History

References

  1. ^ "Corinth (city), Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/28/2815700.html.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ McCord's Studio (1930). "'Taylor Street Looking North, Oct. 1930.' Work crew repaving street.". Mississippi Department of Archives and History. http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/series/corinth/detail/3519. Retrieved 02 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Monthly Averages for Corinth, MS". http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USMS0081. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.