According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km2), of which 0.015 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.95%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,171 people, 419 households, and 292 families residing in the town. The population density was 776.3 people per square mile (299.4/km²). There were 519 housing units at an average density of 344.1 per square mile (132.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 55.34% African American, 44.24% White, 0.17% from other races, and 0.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.
There were 419 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 24.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 26.7% 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 2.79 and the average family size was 3.43.
In the town the population was spread out with 34.3% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $22,917, and the median income for a family was $28,083. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $17,109 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,128. About 29.2% of families and 35.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.4% of those under age 18 and 31.8% of those age 65 or over.