West Point, Mississippi

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West Point is a city in Clay County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 12,145 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Clay County[1] and the principal city of the West Point Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Columbus-West Point Combined Statistical Area.



West Point is located at 33°36′22″N 88°39′9″W / 33.60611°N 88.6525°W / 33.60611; -88.6525 (33.606155, -88.652369).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.1 square miles (54.6 km²), of which, 20.8 square miles (53.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (1.28%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 12,145 people, 4,567 households, and 3,219 families residing in the city. The population density was 583.5 people per square mile (225.3/km²). There were 4,897 housing units at an average density of 235.3/sq mi (90.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 42.91% White, 56.18% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 4,567 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 25.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 82.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.2 males.

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