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Bruce, Mississippi

Bruce is a town situated along the Skuna River in Calhoun County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 2,097 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Bruce is located at (33.991971, -89.342197).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.6 km²), all of it land.

History

Bruce was named for E. L. Bruce, the man that founded the E. L. Bruce Company, a sawmill operation. The sawmill industry is still a vital industry in Bruce with Weyerhaeuser operating a mill; Bruce also is home to other independently-owned mills.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,097 people, 889 households, and 562 families residing in the town. The population density was 818.8 people per square mile (316.3/km²). There were 1,005 housing units at an average density of 392.4/sq mi (151.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 53.27% White, 44.35% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.86% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 889 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.3% were married couples living together, 22.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,417, and the median income for a family was $31,806. Males had a median income of $34,063 versus $21,380 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,233. About 20.1% of families and 29.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.6% of those under age 18 and 26.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The Town of Bruce is served by the Calhoun County School District.

Notable people

Bruce is the hometown of the late Kansas City-based Larry Stewart, a multimillionaire philanthropist. New Orleans Saints player Fred Thomas is also a native.

The Bollinger Family performs a gospel, country, and bluegrass show in Bruce most weekends throughout the year at the Bollinger Family Theater. The Bollingers have spent their lives entertaining through music, mostly gospel in various singing groups including The Kinsmen, The Father's Sons, and the Bollinger Family Band.

Bruce is also the home to family-owned clothing store, Y'all Come T-Shirts. It is located on the square and sells custom shirts, business cards, and almost anything else you want. Y'all Come T-Shirts has been known to do shirts for Fred Thomas, The Bollinger Family Theater, and other locally-famous people.

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