Carthage, Mississippi

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Carthage is a city in Leake County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 4,637 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Leake County[1].

Earl Williamson, a local politician in Shreveport who was a confidant of Louisiana Governors Huey Pierce Long, Jr., and Earl Kemp Long, was born in Carthage in 1903.



Carthage is located at 32°44′29″N 89°32′6″W / 32.74139°N 89.535°W / 32.74139; -89.535 (32.741504, -89.535134)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24.3 km²), of which, 9.4 square miles (24.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.53%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,637 people, 1,490 households, and 1,065 families residing in the city. The population density was 495.9 people per square mile (191.5/km²). There were 1,654 housing units at an average density of 176.9/sq mi (68.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.86% White, 44.25% African American, 1.04% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 1,490 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 23.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.12.

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