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Ackerman, Mississippi

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Country  United States
County  Choctaw
FIPS code  28-00300
Elevation  159 m
Population  1,479 (2013)
Area code  662
State  Mississippi
Time zone  Central (CST) (UTC-6)
GNIS feature ID  0692374
Zip code  39735
Local time  Wednesday 4:30 AM
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Weather  20°C, Wind S at 19 km/h, 87% Humidity
Area  5.879 km² (5.827 km² Land / 5 ha Water)

Ackerman is a town in Choctaw County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,510 at the 2010 census, down from 1,696 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Choctaw County.


Map of Ackerman, MS 39735, USA

It is named for an early landowner.

Geography and climate

Ackerman is located southeast of the center of Choctaw County at 33°18′41″N 89°10′29″W (33.311400, −89.174745). Mississippi Highway 15 passes through the town, leading north 16 miles (26 km) to Mathiston and south 15 miles (24 km) to Louisville. Mississippi Highway 12 passes through the northwest corner of the town, leading northeast 24 miles (39 km) to Starkville and southwest 31 miles (50 km) to Kosciusko. Mississippi Highway 9 heads north from Highway 12 in the northwest corner of Ackerman, leading 17 miles (27 km) to Eupora.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.27 square miles (5.87 km2), of which 2.25 square miles (5.82 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.85%, is water. The town is located near the headwaters of the Yockanookany River, a tributary of the Pearl River.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,696 people, 711 households, and 430 families residing in the town. The population density was 752.7 people per square mile (291.0/km²). There were 781 housing units at an average density of 346.6 per square mile (134.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 62.97% White, 34.85% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.94% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

There were 711 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.8% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,287, and the median income for a family was $30,511. Males had a median income of $30,588 versus $20,739 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,486. About 17.8% of families and 24.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.2% of those under age 18 and 20.1% of those age 65 or over.


Ackerman is served by the Choctaw County School District.

Notable people

  • The Blackwood Brothers, gospel quartet
  • Turner Catledge (1901—1983), managing editor of the New York Times
  • James P. Coleman, governor of Mississippi (1956–1960)
  • Ray Mabus, governor of Mississippi (1988–1992)
  • Coby Miller, Olympic sprinter
  • Cheryl Prewitt, Miss America 1980
  • References

    Ackerman, Mississippi Wikipedia