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Senatobia, Mississippi

Senatobia, Mississippi
Motto: The Five Star City
Location of Senatobia, Mississippi
Location of Senatobia, Mississippi

Coordinates: 34°36′59″N 89°58′10″W / 34.61639°N 89.96944°W / 34.61639; -89.96944Coordinates: 34°36′59″N 89°58′10″W / 34.61639°N 89.96944°W / 34.61639; -89.96944{{#coordinates:34|36|59|N|89|58|10|W|region:US_type:city |primary |name=

Country United States
State Mississippi
County Tate
Chartered 1860
 • Mayor Alan Callicott
 • Total 10.8 sq mi (27.9 km2)
 • Land 10.7 sq mi (27.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 289 ft (88 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,165
 • Density 621.7/sq mi (240.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38668
Area code(s) 662 Exchanges: 301,560,562
FIPS code 28-66440
GNIS feature ID 0677513
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Senatobia is a city in and the county seat of Tate County, Mississippi,[1] and is the 15th largest municipality in the Memphis Metropolitan Area. The population was 8,165 at the 2010 census.

Senatobia is the home of Northwest Mississippi Community College, a state community college that provides two-year academic and technical degree programs. Northwest's system-wide enrollment exceeds 8,000 on three campuses in Senatobia, Southaven and Oxford. Senatobia is also the home of The Baddour Center, a residential care facility for mild to moderately mentally retarded adults.

On April 13, 1834 early settler James Peters purchased two sections of land from the Chickasaw Nation for the sum of $1.25 per acre. This land was later developed as the town of Senatobia. The name Senatobia, given by Charles Meriweather, was derived from the Indian word Senatohoba, which means “White Sycamore”—a symbol of "rest for the weary."

Senatobia received its charter as a municipality in 1860. Tate County was organized in 1873, during the Reconstruction era. During the Civil War, the town's business section was burned twice by Federal troops.

Two Academy Award-nominated films have been partially filmed in the town: The Client (1994) and The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996).


Senatobia is located at 34°36′59″N 89°58′10″W / 34.61639°N 89.96944°W / 34.61639; -89.96944{{#coordinates:34|36|59|N|89|58|10|W|region:US_type:city | |name= }} (34.616452, -89.969425).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of Script error: No such module "convert"., of which Script error: No such module "convert". is land and Script error: No such module "convert". (0.28%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 6,682 people, 2,137 households, and 1,498 families residing in the city. The population density was 621.7 people per square mile (240.0/km²). There were 2,239 housing units at an average density of 208.3 per square mile (80.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.03% White, 30.51% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 2,137 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 20.1% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,698, and the median income for a family was $43,088. Males had a median income of $34,022 versus $22,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,434. About 13.0% of families and 17.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.


Senatobia is served by the Senatobia Municipal School District and Magnolia Heights School.

Notable people


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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