Crosby, Mississippi

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Crosby is a town in Amite and Wilkinson Counties in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The population was 360 at the 2000 census. It is part of the McComb, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The town of Crosby has been known by several names throughout its history. It was first called Dayton in 1800, in honor of its first merchant, David Day. In 1917, the Foster Creek Lumber Company built a large mill here, and the town was renamed Stephenson, in honor of the owner of the lumber company, Fred Stephenson. When L.O. Crosby bought the lumber mill in 1934 the town changed its name to Crosby.


Crosby is located at 31°16′44″N 91°3′41″W / 31.27889°N 91.06139°W / 31.27889; -91.06139 (31.278816, -91.061488)[1]. The town straddles the boundary between Amite County on the north and east and Wilkinson County on the west. In the 2000 census, 258 of the town's 360 residents (71.7%) lived in Wilkinson County and 102 (28.3%) in Amite County.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it is land and 0.47% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 360 people, 131 households, and 96 families residing in the town. The population density was 169.5 people per square mile (65.6/km²). There were 157 housing units at an average density of 73.9/sq mi (28.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.94% African American, 27.78% White and 0.28% from two or more races.

There were 131 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 32.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.27.

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