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Clinton, Mississippi

  •   State: 
    Hinds County
      County FIPS: 
    32°20′30″N 90°19′18″W
      Area total: 
    42.14 sq mi (109.15 km²)
      Area land: 
    41.87 sq mi (108.44 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.28 sq mi (0.71 km²)
    358 ft (109 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Jackson, MS
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    671.16 residents per square mile of area (259.13/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Clinton is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, it is the tenth largest city in Mississippi. The population was 28,100 at the 2020 United States census. Clinton is home to sports teams known as the "Clinton Arrows" and "Mississippi College Choctaws" Clinton was briefly occupied by Confederate forces during the Civil War. During World War II, Camp Clinton was established as a German POW camp south of town; it housed about 3,000 German soldiers. Clinton was the smallest city to ever host a Fortune 500 company, and was the headquarters for WorldCom from the mid-1990s until 2002. The financial dealings of Bernard Ebbers, CEO of SkyTel Mobility, resulted in fraud-related convictions of Ebbers and C. Scott Sullivan, CEO and director of CFO of Skytel Mobility. Clinton has three major highways that pass through the city: the Natchez Trace Parkway, U.S. Route 80, and Interstate 20. The Clinton-Vicksburg Railroad contributed to the export of 20,000 bales of cotton annually from this city, the most of any city between Vicksburg and Meridian. It was the second oldest Baptist university in the world, and the first coeducational college in the United States to grant a degree to a woman. In September 1875 during the election campaign, a Republican political rally was held in downtown Clinton. White insurgents disrupted the rally, attacking blacks in what was called the 'Clinton Riot'.


Clinton was founded in 1823 as Mt. Salus, which means "Mountain of health" It was named for the plantation home of Walter Leake, third governor of Mississippi, which was located in Clinton and built in 1812. In 1828, the city changed its name to Clinton in honor of DeWitt Clinton, the former governor of New York who led completion of the Erie Canal. Mississippi College is the second oldest Baptist university in the world, and was the first coeducational college in the United States to grant a degree to a woman. Clinton is home to sports teams known as the "Clinton Arrows" and "Mississippi College Choctaws" Clinton was the headquarters for WorldCom from the mid-1990s until 2002, when it went bankrupt due to what was at the time the largest fraud-related accounting scandal in U.S. history. In April 2011, an EF3 tornado struck the city, which produced about 20,000 damage, which included the total destruction of the former WorldCom compound in Clinton, which still occupies the former Bell Mobility's brand name Skytel. Clinton was also home to Camp Clinton, a German POW camp during World War II, which housed about 3,000 German soldiers. During the Civil War, Confederate forces, as well as Union troops the latter commanded by generals Ulysses S. Grant and Sherman, briefly occupied Clinton on their way to the Battle of Vicksburg in May 1863. In September 1875 during the election campaign, a Republican political rally was held in downtown Clinton, where 3,,000 people were gathered expecting Governor Adelbert Ames and other prominent speakers. White insurgents disrupted the rally, attacking blacks in what was called the Clinton Riot.


According to the 2010 U.S. census, the city has a total area of 42.147 square miles (109.16 km²) of which 41.822 sq miles (108.32 km 2) is land and 0.325sq miles (0.84km²) is water. The city is located on the Mississippi River, which flows through the center of the city. It is the only city in the state to be named after a U.N. peacekeeping force. It was named after the town of the same name, which was founded in 17th century France. The town's name is derived from the name of the town's founder, who was a member of the French royal family. It has a population of 1,816.7. It also is known as the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, who lived in the town from 17th to 18th century. The current mayor was born in the city, and his father served as mayor from 18th to 20th century, and is a former mayor as well. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he was educated as a civil engineer and law enforcement officer. He also served in the Army National Guard during the Second World War. He was elected to the city's first city council in 1968, and served as its mayor from 1973 to 1978. He has a son, who is currently serving as the mayor of St. Louis County, Missouri, and a grandson, who served as a mayor in 2008.


The city of Clinton had a population of 28,100 people, 9,047 households, and 6,187 families according to the 2020 census. Its population was 51.3% non-Hispanic white, 38.1% Black and African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 3.1 per cent two or more races, and 2.8 per cent Hispanic or Latino of any race. In 2010, the city's population was 25,216 people, up from 2010's 25,217 people. The city is located on the U.S. Turnpike, which runs from New York City to Washington, D.C. It is also on the Mississippi River, which flows through the town of Clinton and into the city of Piedmont. The town is home to the Clinton High School, which was founded in 1881. The school was the first in the state to open in 1883. It was the second high school to do so, after Clinton High, which opened in 1887. Clinton High was also the first high school in the United States to open its doors to students in 1885. It has since been the site of several college programs, including the University of Arkansas at Clinton and the State University of New York at Poughkeepsie. It also has been the location of the Clinton School of Law, which began in 1891. The Clinton School District was established in 1894, and has been a part of the state for more than 100 years.


Clinton operates as a code charter form of government. The local governing body consists of the mayor, one Alderman representing each of the six Wards. The Board of Aldermen are Karen Godfrey (Ward 1), Jim Martin (Ward 2), Robert Chapman (Ward 3), Chip Wilbanks (Ward 4), Beverly Oliver (Ward 5), James Lott III (Ward 6) and Ricki Garrett (Alderwoman-At-Large). As of July 3, 2017, Philip R. Fisher, a retired major general in the Mississippi National Guard, is the city's mayor. The city is divided into six W wards. The mayor's duty is to represent the entire community. The board of aldermen is made up of seven members. The council has a mayor and one alderwoman, who serve a four-year term. The president of the council is a former mayor of Clinton, Mississippi, who served from 1987 to 1991. The current mayor is Philip Fisher, who was a major general for the National Guard. The town has a population of 2,816. It is located near the Mississippi-Arkansas border and is in the Delta region of the Mississippi River valley. It was founded in 1881. It has a history of being one of the poorest cities in the state, with an unemployment rate of more than 20 per cent in the early 1900s. It also has a high percentage of African-American residents, with more than 50 per cent of the population living in poverty.


Delphi Corporation operated a plant in Clinton from the early 1970s until its closure in 2009. At one point WorldCom (now Verizon) was headquartered in Clinton. In 2003 the company announced that it would move its headquarters to Virginia. When Delphi closed the plant in late 2009, with the loss of 280 jobs, production moved to Delphi's Warren, Ohio facility. The company has since moved its headquarters back to Richmond, Virginia. The Clinton plant closed in 2009, leaving the city with a loss of more than 280 jobs. The plant was closed after Delphi moved its production to Warren,Ohio, in 2010. It was the company's last plant in the United States until it closed in 2012, leaving Clinton with a total of 1,200 jobs.


The city of Clinton's public schools are served by the Clinton Public School District. The local community college is Hinds Community College. The Jackson/Hinds Library System operates the Quisenberry Library in Clinton. In 2018 the Clinton city government, citing problems with the sanitary condition, closed the library. It stated that it would reopen if the library system revised the terms of the library lease. The city's private schools are: Clinton Christian Academy (Grades K-4 through 12) and Mt. Salus Christian School (Grade K to 12) The city is home to Mississippi College, which was founded in 1826, incorporating Hillman College 1853-1942. It is also home to the Clinton High School, which is a junior and senior high school. It also has a private high school, Clinton Park Elementary School, and a private elementary school, Lovett Elementary School. The town's public high school is Clinton High, which has grades 10 through 12. It has a junior high, Summit Hill Junior High, and an elementary, which have grades 7 and 8. The school district also has two private schools: Clinton Park Christian Academy and Clinton Christian Christian Academy. The Clinton City School District was established in the 1950s. It was the first public school district in the state. The district has been in operation since the 1960s. The public school system was formed in the 1970s. In the 1990s, the district was expanded to include private schools. It now has a total of 12 schools, including two charter schools.


The Mississippi Brilla play in the Mid-South Division of the Southern Conference. They play their home games at Traceway Park in the city of Clinton. They are currently playing in the fourth highest league of the American Soccer Pyramid, the USL League Two (PDL) They have won one league title in their history. They have also played in the MLS, the Premier League, and the Canadian Premier League. The team has won two league titles, the most recent in 2010. They also won the MLS Cup in 2010, the first time they had done so since the league's inception. The club has won the league once in its history, in 2007. The Brilla have also won one other league title, in 2008, in the North American Soccer League (NASL). They have lost one league game in their last three seasons, in which they have lost all three of their games. The most recent defeat came in a 2-1 defeat to the Charlotte Eagles on May 2, 2010. The last time they lost a league game was in 2007, when they lost 1-0 at home to the New York Red Bulls. They had won the previous three league titles in a row, in 2010 and 2011. The previous season, the Brilla won their first league title with a 3-1 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. The win was their first in the league since 2002. They were also the first team to win back-to-back league titles since 2002 and 2003.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi = 67.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 20. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 41. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Clinton = 5.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 28,100 individuals with a median age of 35.3 age the population grows by 5.77% in Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 671.16 residents per square mile of area (259.13/km²). There are average 2.55 people per household in the 9,032 households with an average household income of $50,810 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.50% of the available work force and has dropped -5.18% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 21.14%. The number of physicians in Clinton per 100,000 population = 321.5.


The annual rainfall in Clinton = 49.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 1.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 104. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 215. 93 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 37.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 27, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi which are owned by the occupant = 66.31%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 27 years with median home cost = $135,530 and home appreciation of 1.42%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.73 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $3,858 per student. There are 20 students for each teacher in the school, 623 students for each Librarian and 446 students for each Counselor. 8.49% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 25.37% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 15.67% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Clinton's population in Hinds County, Mississippi of 1,335 residents in 1900 has increased 21,05-fold to 28,100 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.76% female residents and 47.24% male residents live in Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi.

    As of 2020 in Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi are married and the remaining 45.84% are single population.

  • 22.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Clinton require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    83.18% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.38% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.05% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.04% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi, 66.31% are owner-occupied homes, another 24.47% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.22% are vacant.

  • The 54.78% of the population in Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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