Downtowns vital to our identity
More than 41 other states in the U.S.A., Mississippi is composed of small towns. Though there are hundreds of places in Mississippi, 30 percent of its people (972,300) live in 59 rural towns (towns with less than 2,600 inhabitants).
Small towns may lose some vibrance during modern economic slumps, but their populations have generally not declined significantly in four decades since 1972.
In 1972, small towns constituted 30 percent of Mississippi’s population and that figure has held constant.