Iuka, Mississippi

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Iuka, Mississippi
City
Historic downtown Iuka in November, 2013.
Location of Iuka, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°48′38″N 88°11′45″W / 34.81056°N 88.19583°W / 34.81056; -88.19583Coordinates: 34°48′38″N 88°11′45″W / 34.81056°N 88.19583°W / 34.81056; -88.19583
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyTishomingo
Area
 • Total9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Land9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation561 ft (171 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total3,059
 • Density316.6/sq mi (122.3/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code38852
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-35300
GNIS feature ID0671750
 
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Iuka, Mississippi
City
Historic downtown Iuka in November, 2013.
Location of Iuka, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°48′38″N 88°11′45″W / 34.81056°N 88.19583°W / 34.81056; -88.19583Coordinates: 34°48′38″N 88°11′45″W / 34.81056°N 88.19583°W / 34.81056; -88.19583
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyTishomingo
Area
 • Total9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Land9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation561 ft (171 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total3,059
 • Density316.6/sq mi (122.3/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code38852
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-35300
GNIS feature ID0671750

Iuka is a city in Tishomingo County, Mississippi. The population was 3,059 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Tishomingo County[1]. Woodall Mountain, the highest point in Mississippi, is located just south of Iuka.

History[edit]

Downtown Iuka in the early 1900s.

Iuka is built on the site of a Chickasaw Indian village that is thought to have been subordinate to the settlement at Underwood Village. The name "Iuka" comes from the name of one of the chieftains of the village.

Euro-American settlers arrived with the Memphis and Charleston Railroad in 1857. Before the American Civil War, the town boasted an all-female college, a boys' military academy, and a fine hotel. The Civil War brought widespread devastation when a major engagement here occurred on September 19, 1862. The Battle of Iuka resulted in 1200 to 1500 killed or wounded. The dead Confederate soldiers were buried in a long trench that eventually became Shady Grove Cemetery.

The first normal school built in the former Confederacy after the Civil War, Iuka Normal Institute, was built here. However, the town did not return to prosperity for many years. The building of Pickwick Landing Dam and Pickwick Lake by the Tennessee Valley Authority brought activity back to the town.

In 1904, water from Iuka's mineral springs won first prize for the purest and best mineral water at the World's Fair in St. Louis.

Geography[edit]

Iuka is located at 34°48′38″N 88°11′45″W / 34.81056°N 88.19583°W / 34.81056; -88.19583 (34.810633, -88.195759)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

City of Iuka
Population by year [1]

1990 - 3,122
2000 - 3,059
2004 - 2,969 (estimate)

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,059 people, 1,325 households, and 809 families residing in the city. The population density was 316.6 people per square mile (122.3/km²). There were 1,550 housing units at an average density of 160.4 per square mile (62.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.14% White, 7.09% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

There were 1,325 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 76.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,082, and the median income for a family was $36,863. Males had a median income of $30,449 versus $20,658 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,261. About 16.0% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.6% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Schools[edit]

Libraries[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Highways[edit]

Railroads[edit]

Airports[edit]

Health care[edit]

Media[edit]

Radio Stations[edit]

Industry[edit]

A Major employer in Iuka's industrial sector is Alliant Techsystems, a major U.S. aerospace and defense contractor.

Recreation[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).[4]

Climate data for Iuka, Mississippi
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)9
(49)
12
(54)
17
(62)
22
(72)
26
(79)
30
(86)
32
(89)
32
(90)
29
(84)
23
(73)
17
(63)
11
(52)
21.7
(71.1)
Average low °C (°F)−3
(27)
−2
(29)
3
(37)
7
(44)
12
(54)
17
(62)
19
(66)
18
(65)
14
(57)
7
(44)
3
(37)
−2
(29)
7.8
(45.9)
Precipitation mm (inches)135
(5.3)
130
(5.1)
150
(5.9)
130
(5)
150
(5.9)
107
(4.2)
107
(4.2)
100
(4)
107
(4.2)
91
(3.6)
140
(5.5)
173
(6.8)
1,520
(59.7)
Source: Weatherbase [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Iuka, Mississippi
  5. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on August 15, 2013.

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