Louisville, Mississippi

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Louisville, Mississippi
Main Street in Louisville, 2008
Main Street in Louisville, 2008
Location of Louisville, Mississippi
Location of Louisville, Mississippi
Louisville, Mississippi is located in the United States
Louisville, Mississippi
Louisville, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°7′23″N 89°3′22″W / 33.12306°N 89.05611°W / 33.12306; -89.05611Coordinates: 33°7′23″N 89°3′22″W / 33.12306°N 89.05611°W / 33.12306; -89.05611
CountryUnited States
 • Total15.27 sq mi (39.56 km2)
 • Land15.10 sq mi (39.10 km2)
 • Water0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
571 ft (174 m)
 • Total6,631
 • Estimate 
 • Density415.88/sq mi (160.58/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-42280
GNIS feature ID0693835
WebsiteCity Website

Louisville (pronounced LEW-iss-vill)[3] is a city in Winston County, Mississippi. The population was 6,631 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Winston County.[4]


Like Winston County, Louisville is named for Louis Winston (1784–1824), a colonel in the militia, a prominent lawyer, and a judge of the Mississippi Supreme Court.[5] In 1863 Union Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson marched 900 troops through Louisville during his raid through Mississippi. There was no fighting in Winston County.[6]

On April 28, 2014, Louisville was hit by a EF4 tornado, which killed 10 people.


Louisville is located at 33°7′23″N 89°3′22″W / 33.12306°N 89.05611°W / 33.12306; -89.05611 (33.122931, -89.056182).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.3 square miles (40 km2), of which 15.1 square miles (39 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.44%) is water. It is known by many as the "Front porch of the South".[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20176,279[2]−5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 7,006 people, 2,641 households, and 1,817 families residing in the city. The population density was 464.5 people per square mile (179.4/km²). There were 2,884 housing units at an average density of 191.2 per square mile (73.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 46.29% White, 52.46% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

There were 2,641 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 25.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,485, and the median income for a family was $31,750. Males had a median income of $29,951 versus $17,491 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,857. About 24.8% of families and 28.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.3% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Louisville is served by the Louisville Municipal School District and Louisville High School. Private schools in Louisville include Winston Academy and Grace Christian School.


The historic Strand Theatre in downtown Louisville; note that the Swastika incorporated into the building's facade is decorative rather than political, as the theatre antedates the Nazi era.

The American Heritage "Big Red" Fire Museum is located in Louisville. This museum features a collection of restored antique fire equipment and fire engines.[11] The Strand Theatre, in downtown Louisville, is an historic movie theater which now serves as an art and music venue. Louisville native Carl Jackson plays an annual Christmas concert at the theater to raise money for the building's restoration.[12]


Mississippi Highway 14 enters east from the Alabama state line through Macon and when it enters in Louisville it is also known as Main Street. It leaves westbound eventually traveling to the Mississippi River where it ends.

Mississippi Highway 15 enters from the north from Ackerman, MS, then meets up with Mississippi Highway 25 just north of Louisville. M.S. 25 enters from the north from Starkville. M.S. 15 and 25 travel together along the western side of town. At the southern edge of town they separate: M.S. 15 traveling to Philadelphia & Interstate 20; and M.S. 25 to Jackson.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Hard To Pronounce Town In Every Single State". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 191.
  6. ^ "Winston County". Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Louisville among top 5 safest cities in MS". 3 September 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ The American Heritage "Big Red" Fire Museum in Louisville
  12. ^ McCain, Joseph (December 13, 2006). "Strong cast of musicians serves up Christmas joy". Winston County Journal. Archived from the original on February 10, 2013.
  13. ^ "Larry Estes". Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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