Brandon, Mississippi

Brandon is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi, United States. Brandon was incorporated December 19, 1831. The population was 21,705 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rankin County.[4] Brandon is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located east of the state capital.

Brandon, Mississippi
City of Brandon
Rankin County Courthouse and Rankin County Confederate Monument
Rankin County Courthouse and Rankin County Confederate Monument
Flag of Brandon, Mississippi
Official seal of Brandon, Mississippi
Nickname(s): 
A city of red hills laden with golden opportunities
Motto(s): 
Growth and Stability
Location of Brandon, Mississippi
Location of Brandon, Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Brandon, Mississippi is located in the United States
Brandon, Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi (the United States)
Coordinates: 32°16′49″N 89°59′54″W / 32.28028°N 89.99833°W / 32.28028; -89.99833Coordinates: 32°16′49″N 89°59′54″W / 32.28028°N 89.99833°W / 32.28028; -89.99833
Country United States
State Mississippi
CountyRankin
Named forGerard Chittocque Brandon
Government
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorButch Lee (R)[1]
 • Board of AldermenAlderman at Large- James Morris
Ward 1- Monica Corley
Ward 2- Cris Vinson
Ward 3- Harry Williams
Ward 4- Lu Coker
Ward 5- Dwight Middleton
Ward 6- Tahya Dobbs
Area
 • Total25.75 sq mi (66.70 km2)
 • Land25.66 sq mi (66.47 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation
482 ft (147 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total21,705
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
24,289
 • Density946.46/sq mi (365.42/km2)
Demonym(s)Brandonite
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
39042, 39043, 39047
Area code(s)601
FIPS code28-08300
GNIS feature ID0667519
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

The city is named for Gerard Brandon, Governor of Mississippi during the early 1800s. A newspaper, The News, was established in 1892. The Brandon Bank was established in 1900, and The Rankin County Bank was established in 1906. In 1900, Brandon had a school, a telephone and telegraph office, a saw mill, two livery stables, two cotton gins, two hotels, six churches, and fifteen or twenty stores. The population was 775.[5]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.3 square miles (55.3 km2), of which 21.3 square miles (55.1 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km2) (0.37%) is water.

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860867
1870756−12.8%
188086414.3%
1890835−3.4%
1900775−7.2%
1910720−7.1%
1920691−4.0%
19306920.1%
19401,18471.1%
19501,82754.3%
19602,13917.1%
19702,68525.5%
19809,626258.5%
199011,07715.1%
200016,43648.4%
201021,70532.1%
2019 (est.)24,289[3]11.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 16,436 people, 6,295 households, and 4,595 families residing in the city. The population density was 773.2 people per square mile (298.5/km2). There were 6,540 housing units at an average density of 307.7 per square mile (118.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.61% White, 11.89% Black, 0.10% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 6,295 households, out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,246, and the median income for a family was $63,098. Males had a median income of $42,414 versus $28,128 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,020. About 4.1% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

EconomyEdit

The Mississippi Department of Corrections operates the Brandon Probation & Parole Office in Brandon.[8] The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, located in unincorporated Rankin County,[9] is in proximity to Brandon.[10]

Arts and cultureEdit

The Downtown Brandon Historic District is located within the city. Brandon is the location of the Black Rose Theatre Company.

Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including:[11]

  • Cocke-Martin-Jackson House
  • Hebron Academy
  • Rankin County Courthouse
  • Stevens-Buchanan House
  • Turcotte House

GovernmentEdit

The city of Brandon has a city mayor as the chief executive officer and a board of aldermen, with six elected from single-member districts and one elected at-large.[12] The current city officials are Mayor Butch Lee; Alderman, At-Large member James Morris; Alderman, Ward 1 Monica Corley; Alderman, Ward 2 Cris Vinson; Alderman, Ward 3 Harry Williams; Alderman, Ward 4 Lu Coker; Alderman, Ward 5 Dwight Middleton; and Alderman, Ward 6 Tahya Dobbs. The city's attorney is Mark C. Baker.

EducationEdit

The City of Brandon is served by the Rankin County School District.

Public schools

  • Brandon High School (grades 9-12)
  • Brandon Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • Brandon Elementary School (grades 4-5)
  • Stonebridge Elementary School (grades 2-3)
  • Rouse Elementary School (grades K-1)

InfrastructureEdit

The city of Brandon is served by five fire stations and one administrative central station under the direction of Fire Chief Terry Wages. In 2015, the city established an independent EMS district that provides ambulance services through a private provider, Pafford EMS. The city has one police station under the direction of Police Chief William A. Thompson Jr.[13][14]

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Office of the Mayor". City of Brandon. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 1. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 286, 287.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Rankin County." Mississippi Department of Corrections. Retrieved on September 15, 2010.
  9. ^ "MDOC QUICK REFERENCE." Mississippi Department of Corrections. Retrieved on May 21, 2010. "3794 Hwy 468 - Pearl, MS 39208"
  10. ^ "GARRISON COULD BE BACK IN JAIL SOON." Biloxi Sun-Herald. February 15, 1995. C2 Coast and State. Retrieved on September 24, 2011. "[...]days for her return to the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Brandon."
  11. ^ National Register of Historic Places: Mississippi—Rankin County
  12. ^ "City of Brandon website Archived October 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Retrieved on October 26, 2010.
  13. ^ "Brandon Fire Department Archived October 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Retrieved on October 26, 2010.
  14. ^ "Brandon Police Department Archived October 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Retrieved on October 26, 2010.
  15. ^ "HOWARD, Volney Erskine (1809 - 1889)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  16. ^ "McLAURIN, Anselm Joseph, (1848 - 1909)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 2, 2021.

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