Greenville, Mississippi

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Greenville is a city in Washington County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 41,633 at the 2000 census, but according to the 2009 census bureau estimates, it has since declined to 38,764, making it the eighth largest city in the state. It is the county seat of Washington County[1].

Greenville was named after American Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene.

Greenville is located on the eastern bank of Lake Ferguson, an oxbow lake left from an old channel of the Mississippi River. Two floating casinos are located on the lake near the downtown area, with a third just west of the city near the Greenville Bridge. Chicago Mill and Lumber Co. operated a lumber mill on the lake .2 mile south of the casino levee parking lot; the mill specialized in making hardwood boxes until it closed. The Winterville Mounds Historic Site, with museum and picnic area, is located just north of the town at 2415 Highway 1 N; the Indian mounds were built by a tribe that predated the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian tribes. Greenville remains a vibrant city in the Delta. Downtown Greenville and other parts of the city are currently undergoing renovation.

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Geography

Greenville is located at 33°23′55″N 91°2′54″W / 33.39861°N 91.04833°W / 33.39861; -91.04833 (33.398577, -91.048356)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.7 square miles (71.6 km²), of which, 26.9 square miles (69.6 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (2.82%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 41,633 people, 14,784 households, and 10,422 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,548.8 people per square mile (598.0/km²). There were 16,251 housing units at an average density of 604.6/sq mi (233.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 28.92% White, 69.60% Black, 0.07% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

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