Pontotoc, Mississippi

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Pontotoc, Mississippi
City
Pontotoc County courthouse.
Nickname(s): Little Broadway
Location of Pontotoc, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°14′55″N 89°0′24″W / 34.24861°N 89.00667°W / 34.24861; -89.00667Coordinates: 34°14′55″N 89°0′24″W / 34.24861°N 89.00667°W / 34.24861; -89.00667
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyPontotoc
Area
 • Total9.6 sq mi (24.9 km2)
 • Land9.4 sq mi (24.5 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation495 ft (151 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total5,625
 • Density555.9/sq mi (214.6/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code38863
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-59160
GNIS feature ID0691601
 
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The Town Square Museum/Post Office located in downtown Pontotoc.
Pontotoc, Mississippi
City
Pontotoc County courthouse.
Nickname(s): Little Broadway
Location of Pontotoc, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°14′55″N 89°0′24″W / 34.24861°N 89.00667°W / 34.24861; -89.00667Coordinates: 34°14′55″N 89°0′24″W / 34.24861°N 89.00667°W / 34.24861; -89.00667
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyPontotoc
Area
 • Total9.6 sq mi (24.9 km2)
 • Land9.4 sq mi (24.5 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation495 ft (151 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total5,625
 • Density555.9/sq mi (214.6/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code38863
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-59160
GNIS feature ID0691601
Pontotoc, Mississippi (lower left) is west of Tupelo (via Highway 278) and south of New Albany.

Pontotoc is a city in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, located to the west of the much larger city of Tupelo. The population was 5,625 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pontotoc County[1].

Pontotoc is a Chickasaw word meaning "Land of Hanging Grapes".

The famous outlaws Jesse and Frank James and their gang once hid at an old house which was used as a Union Army hospital during the Battle of Harrisburg or Battle of Tupelo. The house was located at a crossroad in east Pontotoc County, near the Lee County line.

The Town Square Museum is located in the old US post office near the county courthouse. This historic building houses Pontotoc memorabilia and continues to operate as a full-service post office. A mural in the museum's lobby titled The Wedding of Ortez and SaOwana - Christmas 1540 depicts the first recorded Christian marriage on the North American continent. It was said to have occurred between Juan Ortez and Princess Saowana, daughter of Chief Uceta, of the Florida Seminole tribe. The wedding is said to have taken place in Pontotoc County during a visit by explorer Hernando de Soto. The mural was painted by Joseph Pollet in 1939 under the arts program of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Geography[edit]

Pontotoc is located at 34°14′55″N 89°0′24″W / 34.24861°N 89.00667°W / 34.24861; -89.00667 (34.248611, -89.006729)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.6 square miles (25 km2), of which 9.4 square miles (24 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.66%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 5,625 people, 2,325 households, and 2,129 families residing in the city. The population density was 555.9 people per square mile (214.6/km²). There were 2,250 housing units at an average density of 238.1/sq mi (91.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.08% White, 20.42% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 7.39% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.76% of the population.

There were 2,325 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,491, and the median income for a family was $39,306. Males had a median income of $31,403 versus $23,491 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,324. About 12.0% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 23.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The city of Pontotoc is served by the Pontotoc City School District and the county is served by the Pontotoc County School District . North Pontotoc High School and South Pontotoc High School are two of the top academic schools in the state of Mississippi. North received the Blue Ribbon Award and South received Level 5 the highest rating for a school in Mississippi.

Notable residents[edit]

Some notable residents of Pontotoc, Mississippi include:

See also[edit]

Wesley Walls - Tight End played 14 NFL Seasons mostly with Carolina Panthers

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. ^ http://biography.jrank.org/pages/2352/Hyde-Cowan-F-Bubba.html
  5. ^ http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=bean_terry
  6. ^ https://webfiles.uci.edu/mcbrown/display/coffin.html