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Ridgeland, Mississippi

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
Madison County Mississippi Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Ridgeland Highlighted.svg
Ridgeland, Mississippi is located in the United States
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 32°25′8″N 90°7′30″W / 32.41889°N 90.12500°W / 32.41889; -90.12500
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyMadison
Government
 • MayorGene F. McGee
Area
 • Total23.16 sq mi (59.98 km2)
 • Land21.38 sq mi (55.38 km2)
 • Water1.77 sq mi (4.60 km2)
Elevation
358 ft (109 m)
Population
 • Total24,047
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
24,188
 • Density1,134.83/sq mi (438.17/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
39157-39158
Area code(s)601
FIPS code28-62520
GNIS feature ID0676656
Websitehttp://www.ridgelandms.org/

Ridgeland is a city in Madison County, Mississippi. The population was 24,047 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Ridgeland is located at 32°25′8″N 90°7′30″W / 32.41889°N 90.12500°W / 32.41889; -90.12500 (32.418847, -90.124933),[4] between Madison to the north and Jackson to the south. This suburban community enjoys its location adjacent to the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.7 square miles (46 km2), of which 15.9 square miles (41 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (10.16%) is water, mostly due to the location of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910158
19201643.8%
193021732.3%
19402337.4%
1950526125.8%
196087566.3%
19701,65088.6%
19805,461231.0%
199011,714114.5%
200020,17372.2%
201024,04719.2%
Est. 201824,188[3]0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,047 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 57.5% White, 32.5% Black, 0.2% Native American, 4.0% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.0% from two or more races. 4.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,173 people, 9,267 households, and 9,022 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,267.4 people per square mile (489.2/km²). There were 9,930 housing units at an average density of 623.9 per square mile (240.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.05% White, 18.44% African American, 0.15% Native American, 2.95% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 9,267 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.8% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 40.3% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median incomes for a household in the city was $43,066, and the median income for a family was $59,249. Males had a median income of $40,632 versus $29,634 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,704. About 5.5% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

History

In 1805, the Choctaw Indian Agency, headed by Silas Dinsmoor, was located in what is now known as Ridgeland. There is also a neighborhood called Dinsmor in Ridgeland. The structure was then called Turner Brashear's Stand until about 1850. It was adapted for use as a hotel named the King's Inn. During the American Civil War, King's Inn was used as a headquarters by General Stephen Lee. Afterward, it again operated as a hotel until 1896, when it was destroyed by fire.

In 1853, James B. Yellowley founded the community of Yellowley's Crossing (later named Jessamine after his wife). In 1896, Edward Treakle and Gordon Nichols, two real estate developers from Chicago, purchased the land from Yellowley and established the Highland Colony Company. They created plans for a town to be named Ridgeland and launched an advertising campaign to entice people from the northern United States to move south. Agriculture was the community's dominant revenue source, with pears and strawberries as the leading crops grown for sale.

In the early 20th century, Ridgeland was home to a hotel, sawmill, and a canning company. The main business section of Ridgeland was along Jackson Street, due to the Illinois Central Railroad located on the street. In 1910 a two-room school was created and the schools combined with those of Madison by 1925. In 1961, Ridgeland was predicted to grow a lot more, which turned out to be correct.

Northpark Mall opened in 1984 and brought more growth into the area. Business in Ridgeland improved more in the 1990s when Highland Colony Parkway brought new businesses to the area.[7]

Education

Ridgeland is served by the Madison County School District, and has two private schools: Saint Andrew's Episcopal School and Christ Covenant School. The Veritas School was a private school which closed in 2015.[8]

Ridgeland has a campus of Holmes Community College.

Ridgeland is home of the Baptist Children's Village, which provides short-term and long-term care for abandoned, neglected, or abused children and counseling to broken families. Since 2004, the executive director has been Rory Lee, a former college president.[9]

Economy

Bomgar, a tech company,[10] and C Spire Wireless, the sixth largest wireless provider in the United States, are headquartered in Ridgeland.

The largest mall in the Jackson metro area, Northpark Mall, is located on County Line Road. Another shopping area is the Renaissance at Colony Park.

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "About Ridgeland | Ridgeland Tourism". Visitridgeland.com. 1999-12-29. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  8. ^ "The Veritas School closes". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Dr. Rory Lee". baptistchildrensvillage.com. Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "Contact Sales: US Offices". Bomgar. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  11. ^ "Wesley T. Bishop". intelius.com. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  12. ^ "Rubel Phillips Obituary: View Rubel Phillips's Obituary by The Clarion Ledger". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  13. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Challenging the Status Quo: Rubel Lex Phillips and the Mississippi Republican Party (1963-1967)", The Journal of Mississippi History XLVII, November 1985, No. 4, pp. 240-264
  14. ^ "Jesse Dale Thorn". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  15. ^ Warren Kulo, Ridgeland attorney David H. Nutt is the wealthiest Mississippian, study shows, gulflive.com, November 11, 2014
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