Most People Don’t Know These 12 Super Tiny Towns In Mississippi Exist

Think you live in a small town? Well, you may want to reconsider that. It is no surprise that Mississippi is filled with small towns; however, just how small may come as a shock. The state actually has hundreds of towns that have less than a thousand residents (yes, you read that right, hundreds). So, check out the list below for twelve of the smallest towns in Mississippi.

Seeing how small some of these towns are made me realize how loosely I have been using the term “small town.” Did this change your perspective of what qualifies as a small town? Do you think you’d hate living in an extremely small town, or do you think small towns are the best towns in Mississippi to live? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Smallest Towns In Mississippi

June 15, 2019

What is the smallest town in Mississippi?

Taking the title as the smallest town is Mound Bayou. Located in Bolivar County, the town has about 1,500 residents. In addition to being the smallest town, Mound Bayou is also one of the state’s most unique, historically speaking. Known as the “jewel of the Delta,” it was established in 1887. Shortly after its founding, it began to flourish, and before long, Mound Bayou became the largest all African-American community in the nation. But that’s not the only interesting thing about Mound Bayou. In the 1950s, the town played a role in the Civil Rights Movement by hosting the Regional Council of Negro Leadership’s annual rallies several years in a row.

With just over 50 residents, Satartia is the smallest village in Mississippi. Located on the east bank of the Yazoo River, it was once a busy river port, which aided in the transportation of cotton by steamboat to New Orleans. It’s also one of the oldest non-native settlements in Yazoo County. During the Civil War, it was captured by General Grant, who went on to use the Wilson House on Plum Street as his headquarters. A far cry from the thriving river town it once was, Satartia today is home to just one small grocery store and cotton processing gin.

How many towns are in Mississippi?

Mississippi’s 82 counties are divided into 299 “incorporated municipalities,” which consist of cities, towns, and villages. In order for an incorporated municipality to be designated a town it has to have a population between 301 and 2,000. According to those guidelines, Mississippi has a total of 170 towns; however, the terms cities and towns are often used interchangeably in everyday speech.

What is the oldest town in Mississippi?

Whether you consider Ocean Springs a town or a city, it’s the oldest municipality in the state, as it was established by the French in 1699. Fast forward to present-day and you’ll quickly realize the “gem of the Gulf Coast” is the epitome of picture perfect. Between a historic district that’s filled with quaint shops and great restaurants to thriving art and music scenes, this seaside town has won over the hearts of both locals and tourists.