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Smithville, Mississippi

Smithville, Mississippi
Location of Smithville, Mississippi
Location of Smithville, Mississippi
Smithville, Mississippi is located in USA
Smithville, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Monroe
 • Total 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 262 ft (80 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 942
 • Density 590/sq mi (230/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38870
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-68720
GNIS feature ID 0677945

Smithville is a town in Monroe County, Mississippi. The population was 942 at the 2010 census. Smithville is the birthplace of Rod Brasfield, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.


  • Geography 1
  • Tornado history 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
  • Sports 5
  • References 6


Smithville is located at (34.068605, -88.395486).[2]

Smithville is one of the older towns in Monroe county. It is located on the Gaines Trace Road which was surveyed by E. P. Gaines in 1807 at the request of President Thomas Jefferson. The land Smithville sits on was owned by Che-lah-cha-chubby, a Chickasaw Indian chief or sub-chief, and a trading post was established in 1820 at the location of what is now the intersection of highway 25 and Hatley-Smithville road. Gaines Trace was a major route for settlers who migrated from the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), of which 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (8.12%) is water.

Tornado history

On April 27, 2011 at 3:47 P.M CDT an EF5 tornado struck the town. Its winds are estimated to have peaked at 205 miles per hour (330 km/h).[3] 16 people were killed,[4] and 40 people were injured.[3]

EF5 Smithville Tornado


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 882 people, 365 households, and 243 families residing in the town. The population density 602.1 people per square mile (233.2/km²). There were 404 housing units at an average density of 275.8 per square mile (106.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 97.62% White, 1.59% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 365 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who 65 years of age or older. The average household size 2.42 and the average family size 3.03.

In the town the population spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town $32,583, and the median income for a family $38,750. Males had a median income of $30,294 versus $23,958 for females. The per capita income for the town $14,030. About 7.1% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Smithville is served by the Monroe County School District.


Smithville won two 1A football state championships in 1993 and 1998. The school previously vied for the title in 1989, losing to a Mt. Olive (MS) team quarterbacked by future NFL great Steve McNair. The Smithville High School softball team has won the 1A state championship in 2008, 2011, and 2012.[8] The Smithville High School Band has won two state Marching Championships.


  1. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  3. ^ a b Public Information Statement. 29 April 2011, NOAA-National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, Memphis, TN. Retrieved 1 May 2011
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^ "High School Baseball/Softball Scores". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
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