Goodman, Mississippi

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Goodman is a town in Holmes County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,252 at the 2000 census. It is the birthplace of John A. Lomax (1867–1948), pioneering folklorist, and David Herbert Donald (1920–2009), Pulitzer-prize-winning historian.



Goodman is located at 32°58′5″N 89°54′45″W / 32.96806°N 89.9125°W / 32.96806; -89.9125 (32.968057, -89.912625)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square mile (2.1 km²), of which 0.8 square mile (2.1 km²) is land and 1.20% is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,252 people, 280 households, and 206 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,523.3 people per square mile (589.5/km²). There were 303 housing units at an average density of 368.7/sq mi (142.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 65.81% African American, 33.23% White, 0.16% Native American, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 280 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.4% were married couples living together, 32.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.58.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 39.0% from 18 to 24, 18.1% from 25 to 44, 10.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 20 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $13,929, and the median income for a family was $14,643. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,359. About 49.0% of families and 45.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 63.0% of those under age 18 and 35.9% of those age 65 or over.

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