Caledonia, Mississippi

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Caledonia is a town in Lowndes and Monroe Counties in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is northeast of Columbus. The population was 1,015 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Caledonia is located at 33°41′5″N 88°19′37″W / 33.68472°N 88.32694°W / 33.68472; -88.32694 (33.684801, -88.327043)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²) of it is land and 0.35% is water.

History

Caledonia was originally known as Yeggerstown, named after the abundant number of Yeggers (now Eggers) who settled there in the 1830s. According to the Caledonia Public Library, the town was renamed by one of the Yeggers who saw a blonde girl he aspired to romance named Caledonia. Caledonia is also the Latin name given by the Roman Empire to a northern area of the island of Great Britain.

Former mayors of Caledonia include George Gerhart, Don Myers, and Walton O. Willis.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,015 people, 365 households, and 287 families residing in the town. The population density was 360.4 people per square mile (139.0/km²). There were 395 housing units at an average density of 140.3/sq mi (54.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.19% White. 3.94% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 365 households out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.1% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.17.

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