Vardaman, Mississippi

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Vardaman is a town in Calhoun County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,065 at the 2000 census. The town was named for Mississippi Governor James K. Vardaman.



Vardaman is located at 33°52′47″N 89°10′37″W / 33.87972°N 89.17694°W / 33.87972; -89.17694 (33.879834, -89.176929)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²). Vardaman is located in one of Mississippi's top five sweet potato-producing counties. The National Sweet Potato Festival is held there annually the entire first week in November. Vardaman has proclaimed itself the "Sweet Potato Capital of the World".[citation needed]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,065 people, 426 households, and 276 families residing in the town. The population density was 785.3 people per square mile (302.4/km²). There were 471 housing units at an average density of 347.3/sq mi (133.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 58.69% White, 33.90% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 6.38% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.77% of the population.

There were 426 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

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