Sledge, Mississippi

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Sledge is a town located in Quitman County, Mississippi. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 529.

Famous African American Country singer Charley Pride is from Sledge. Leroy Brown was an actual man from the area who may have very well have been the inspiration for the Jim Croce song. This area is considered by some to be the genuine birthplace of the blues. Many of the blues greats grew up and nurtured their music in the juke joints surrounding Sledge.



Sledge is located at 34°25'59" north, 90°13'12" west (34.433030, -90.220111)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 529 people, 170 households, and 133 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,011.3 people per square mile (392.8/km²). There were 185 housing units at an average density of 353.7/sq mi (137.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 23.25% White, 75.99% African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 1.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 170 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 29.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.55.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $30,139. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $16,042 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,569. 24.7% of the population and 23.1% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 37.5% of those under the age of 18 and 20.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


The Town of Sledge is served by the Quitman County School District.

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