Lake, Mississippi

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Lake is a town in Newton and Scott Counties in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The population was 408 at the 2000 census. Lake is the birthplace of country music singer, Randy Houser.



Lake is located at 32°20′36″N 89°19′41″W / 32.34333°N 89.32806°W / 32.34333; -89.32806 (32.343228, -89.328193)[1]. The town is located mostly within Scott County, with a portion on the east in adjacent Newton County. In the 2000 census, 393 of the town's 408 residents (96.3%) lived in Scott County and 15 (3.7%) in Newton County.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²).None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 408 people, 147 households, and 108 families residing in the town. The population density was 370.2 people per square mile (143.2/km²). There were 159 housing units at an average density of 144.3/sq mi (55.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 44.36% White, 55.15% African American, and 0.49% from two or more races.

There were 147 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 22.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,333, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $28,000 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,858. About 20.0% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.1% of those under age 18 and 32.6% of those age 65 or over.

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