Houston, Mississippi

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Houston is a city in and one of two county seats of Chickasaw County, Mississippi, United States.[1] The population was 4,079 at the 2000 census. The land on which Houston, MS resides was donated to the city by Judge Joel Pinson on the condition that it would be named for Sam Houston, a childhood friend.

In 1909, Houston become home to the first Carnegie library in the state after L.B. Reid, then-superintendent of schools, wrote to Andrew Carnegie telling of the need for a public library. Houston hosts the Mississippi Flywheel Festival both in April and September of every year.



Houston is located at 33°53′53″N 89°0′6″W / 33.89806°N 89.00167°W / 33.89806; -89.00167 (33.898090, -89.001646)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.7 km²), of which, 7.6 square miles (19.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.26%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,079 people, 1,589 households, and 1,088 families residing in the city. The population density was 537.4 people per square mile (207.5/km²). There were 1,721 housing units at an average density of 226.8/sq mi (87.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.89% White, 36.58% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 2.70% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.12% of the population.

There were 1,589 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.06.

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