Bay Springs, Mississippi

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Bay Springs is a city in and one of the county seats of Jasper County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 2,097 at the 2000 census. It is located at the intersection of state highways 15 and 18. The area was settled in the 1880s by Joe Blankenship, who built the saw mill that became the town's industrial base. The city was incorporated about twenty years later after the arrival of railroads going through it.



Bay Springs is located at 31°58′36″N 89°16′46″W / 31.97667°N 89.27944°W / 31.97667; -89.27944 (31.976761, -89.279574)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.8 square miles (38.4 km²), of which, 14.8 square miles (38.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,097 people, 793 households, and 524 families residing in the city. The population density was 142.0 people per square mile (54.8/km²). There were 880 housing units at an average density of 59.6/sq mi (23.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.02% White, 49.64% Black, 0.05% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 793 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 20.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 77.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.1 males.

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