Alligator, Mississippi
Location of Alligator, Mississippi
Alligator, Mississippi
Alligator, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°5′19″N 90°43′14″W / 34.08861°N 90.72056°W / 34.08861; -90.72056Coordinates: 34°5′19″N 90°43′14″W / 34.08861°N 90.72056°W / 34.08861; -90.72056[1]
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyBolivar
Area
 • Total1.04 sq mi (2.70 km2)
 • Land0.98 sq mi (2.55 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
Elevation
157 ft (48 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total208
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
187
 • Density189.85/sq mi (73.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38720
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-00940
GNIS feature ID0666222

Alligator is a town in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 208 at the 2010 census.[4]

In 2009, Tommie "Tomaso" Brown was elected Alligator's first black mayor. He defeated Robert Fava, the mayor since 1979.[5]

History

The town takes its name from Alligator Lake, a lake in the town which once had a large alligator population.[6]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.04 square miles (2.70 km2), of which 0.98 square miles (2.55 km2) is land and 0.058 square miles (0.15 km2), or 5.48%, is water.[4]

Demographics

As of the census of 2000,[7] there were 220 people, 77 households, and 58 families residing in the town. The population density was 223.7 people per square mile (86.7/km2). There were 81 housing units at an average density of 82.3 per square mile (31.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 20.91% White, 77.27% African American, and 1.82% from two or more races.

There were 77 households, out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.1% were married couples living together, 35.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.27.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920263
19302785.7%
1940206−25.9%
19502143.9%
19602276.1%
197028023.3%
1980256−8.6%
1990187−27.0%
200022017.6%
2010208−5.5%
2019 (est.)187[3]−10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

In the town, the population was spread out, with 39.1% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $16,667, and the median income for a family was $17,083. Males had a median income of $21,875 versus $14,063 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,567. About 41.5% of families and 47.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 69.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 35.3% of those sixty five or over.

Education

Duncan is served by the North Bolivar Consolidated School District,[9] formerly known as the North Bolivar School District until it consolidated in 2014.[10][11]

Students are zoned to Brooks Elementary School in Duncan, as it belonged to the pre-consolidation North Bolivar School District,[12] and Northside High School (the only secondary school in the district) in Shelby.[13]

Northside High opened in 2018 after Broad Street High School in Shelby consolidated into it.[14] Shelby Middle School closed in 2018.[15]

Notable people

Gallery

References

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Alligator town, Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  5. ^ Harnden, Toby (June 4, 2009). "Down the Mississippi: Barack Obama effect ends white rule in Deep South town". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  6. ^ Quimby, Myron J. (1969). Scratch Ankle, U.S.A.: American Place Names and Their Derivation. Cranbury, New Jersey: A.S. Barnes and Company, Inc. p. 21. ISBN 049806638X.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  9. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Bolivar County, MS" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  10. ^ "School District Consolidation in Mississippi Archived 2017-07-02 at the Wayback Machine." Mississippi Professional Educators. December 2016. Retrieved on July 2, 2017. Page 2 (PDF p. 3/6).
  11. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Bolivar County, MS." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 25, 2018. Note that the map is from 2010; the Mound Bayou and North Bolivar districts merged in 2014. This map shows Alligator was in the pre-merger North Bolivar district.
  12. ^ "Home". North Bolivar School District. 2005-11-12. Archived from the original on 2005-11-12. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  13. ^ "North Bolivar Consolidated School District". Nbcsd.k12.ms.us.
  14. ^ "Students staying home to protest high school consolidation". The Clarion Ledger. Associated Press. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  15. ^ Davis Betz, Kelsey (2018-01-24). "Mound Bayou school one of two in Delta to close as enrollment, funds dwindle". Mississippi Today. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
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