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Florence, Mississippi

Florence is a town in Rankin County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 2,396. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Florence is located at (32.153782, -90.122031).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.2 km²), all of it land.

The United States Census Bureau, being almost seven years out of date, truly does not show the growth of both the population and current city limits. Florence has nearly doubled in size in all aspects. The current city limits have grown northward towards Richland, to where Richland-Florence are one in the same. Florence is also known as "The Backdoor to Brandon" because of the residential boom growing ever closer to the locale of the Brandon city limits. Brandon lies an estimated 15 miles to the east of Florence. The city has grown westward, and will continue to expand towards the Pearl River,eventually stopping at the Pearl River, which separates Rankin County from Hinds County.


As of of Saturday, 03, December 2005, there were a tract population of 5,770 people, 2,376 households, and 2,144 families residing in the town. The population density was 157.3/km² (407.6/sq mi). There were 1,054 housing units at an average density of 179.3/sq mi (69.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 88.69% White, 10.31% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 931 households out of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,400, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $35,030 versus $24,327 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,162. About 9.6% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Florence's public schools are served by the Rankin County School District.

Public Schools

  • Steen's Creek Elementary School (Grades K-2)
  • Florence Elementary School (Grades 3-5)
  • Florence Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Florence High School (Grades 9-12)

Colleges and Universities

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