Leland, Mississippi

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Leland is a city in Washington County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 4,790 at the 2008 census.

The town is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta on the banks of Deer Creek, which is decorated each Christmas season with floats that bring visitors from afar to view the colorful displays.

Farming is the basis of the local economy, and Mississippi State University and the federal government maintain a huge agriculture research station at Stoneville, Mississippi on Leland's outskirts. Cotton, soybeans and catfish are the leading crops.

Leland is in the heart of blues country and has produced a number of national and regionally famous blues musicians. Highway 61, famous in any number of blues recordings, runs through the town and gives its name to the community's[1] blues museum.

The community is touted as being the birthplace of Kermit the Frog, a famous Muppet created by Jim Henson, who was born in nearby Greenville, Mississippi. The city has a museum along the banks of Deer Creek celebrates Henson's accomplishments.



Leland is located at 33°24′18″N 90°53′50″W / 33.405°N 90.89722°W / 33.405; -90.89722 (33.405118, -90.897194)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.44%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 5,502 people, 1,943 households, and 1,414 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,670.2 people per square mile (1,031.2/km²). There were 2,095 housing units at an average density of 1,016.7/sq mi (392.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 32.01% White, 67.01% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

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