Magee,_Mississippi Latitude and Longitude:

31°52′22″N 89°44′1″W / 31.87278°N 89.73361°W / 31.87278; -89.73361
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Magee, Mississippi
Downtown Magee in March 2013
Downtown Magee in March 2013
Location of Magee, Mississippi
Location of Magee, Mississippi
Magee, Mississippi is located in the United States
Magee, Mississippi
Magee, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 31°52′22″N 89°44′1″W / 31.87278°N 89.73361°W / 31.87278; -89.73361
CountryUnited States
State Mississippi
County Simpson
CityFebruary 25, 1900
 • Type Mayor-Council
 •  MayorDale Berry [1]
 •  Board of AldermenMark Grubbs
Matthew Hickman
Lane Steele
Patrick Brown
Sue Honea
 • Total5.26 sq mi (13.62 km2)
 • Land5.26 sq mi (13.62 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
433 ft (132 m)
 ( 2020)
 • Total3,988
 • Density758.32/sq mi (292.80/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 ( Central (CST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 601
FIPS code28-44600
GNIS feature ID0673055

Magee is a city in Simpson County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the Jackson metropolitan area.


The first settlers in the area were Arthur Mangum and Phil Magee, who came into the area around 1820. Pioneers from Virginia and the Carolinas followed. The town of Magee was originally named Mangum, after Arthur Mangum; it kept this name until 1859. [3]

In 1840, Willis Magee built a grist mill on Little Goodwater Creek, inside the present city limits. He started the first and only postal service in the area in 1855. [4]

Robert Solomon Magee was the first post master in Magee and the city of Magee was named after him.

Richard Farthing came to Magee in 1859 when he was in the leather tanning business. He bought 80 acres of land and also built a tanyard and used water from the mill pond to tan his leather. [5] The population of Magee in 1919 was 786. There were approximately 23 businesses in the area at the time. [5]

Magee is approximately 42 miles south of Jackson, 45 miles north of Hattiesburg, [5] and 12 miles south of Mendenhall, the county seat of Simpson County. [6]

Magee's first mayor was R.P. Vinson, who served from 1900 to 1907. [5]

In 2013, First Baptist Church in downtown Magee was seriously damaged by a fire but has been restored. [7]

Windham's Restaurant is located in Magee, and was established in 1963, locally known as "Zip's". In 2015, the Zip Burger was voted the best hamburger in Mississippi. [8] [9]

In 2017, the Magee Sportsplex was renamed the Jimmy Clyde Sportsplex in honor of former Magee mayor Jimmy Clyde. [10]

As of 2017, the mayor of Magee is Dale Berry. [11]

The city of Magee was featured in the Discovery Channel reality TV series Dirty Jobs. [12]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), all land. Magee is located between Jackson and Hattiesburg on U.S. Highway 49 at the intersection of three Mississippi Highways: 541, 545, and 28. Magee is approximately 155 miles north of New Orleans, Louisiana, and approximately 142 miles north of Mobile, Alabama. [13] [14]


Magee has a humid subtropical climate, with an annual mean temperature 65.8 degrees and average annual rainfall of 56.9 inches (1,450 mm).

March 2009 tornado

On March 26, 2009, around 1:30 a.m., an EF3 tornado struck the north part of the city. The tornado destroyed 60 homes and caused 25 injuries, with no fatalities. The tornado significantly damaged the town's water treatment plant, interrupting service to the entire town. Circuit Riders and other technicians from the Mississippi Rural Water Association worked with the city staff, local contractors and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to restore water service. [15] Using four MEMA generators, the rural water staff was able to restore service to Magee by 2:20 p.m. the next day.


Historical population
Census Pop.Note
U.S. Decennial Census [16]
Magee racial composition as of 2020 [17]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,772 44.43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,906 47.79%
Native American 7 0.18%
Asian 37 0.93%
Pacific Islander 1 0.03%
Other/Mixed 134 3.36%
Hispanic or Latino 131 3.28%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,988 people, 1,465 households, and 933 families residing in the city.


Magee Post Office
Main Street

Prominent area industries include Tyson Foods, Polk's Meat Products, Real Pure Beverage Group, and Howard Industry.

The Simpson County Development Foundation Industrial Park is an ultramodern, 205-acre (0.83 km2) industrial park located on four-lane Highway 49.

Arts and culture

The Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Homecoming, the Christmas Parade, tree lighting and caroling.

Crazy Day is an annual event on Main Street, traditionally held the third Saturday of the month of September. Locals set up booths to sell products or homemade goods.

Magee is also the home of the former Broadcountry Cinema 3 Theater, opened in 1985 and owned by Butch McCall. The theater was closed in 2010. The theater now serves as the location of Shining Starz ABA Autism Therapy. [18] [19]

A new civic center provides space for meetings for civic clubs and other organizations and houses the Magee Chamber of Commerce office.

Magee Public Library, the first public library in Magee, was established in 1935. Maude Turner was librarian. In 1937, the library was named Mims Williams Memorial Library. It is now a member of the Central Mississippi Regional Library System. The new library was built in 1975.


The City of Magee is served by the Simpson County School District.

Public schools

  • Magee High School
  • Magee Middle School
  • Magee Elementary

Higher learning

A branch of Copiah-Lincoln Community College is located in Magee.



The Magee Courier and Simpson County News serve Magee. [20]

Online news serves the local area. [21]

Radio and television



  • Highways: U.S. Hwy 49; State Highways 28, 545, and 541.
  • Railroad: Canadian National Railway (formally Illinois Central) serves the Magee area.
  • Bus lines: Greyhound Bus serves the area.
  • Airport: The Magee Municipal Airport (FAA identifier 17M) is located three miles west of Magee. It maintains a lighted 3,104 ft (946 m) × 50 ft (15 m) runway and is attended 24 hours a day. There is a hangar, lobby and office building complex (no control tower). The complex is equipped with automatic dusk to dawn lights, a beacon, and a wind directional device.

Public services

A new city hall, police station and city jail have been completed. There are 16 full-time police personnel, including the Chief of Police and 12 auxiliary officers.

Magee has 36 trained volunteer firemen and one full-time Fire Marshall, four class A pumpers, 1 class A pumper/tanker, 1 ladder truck, one rescue unit and two utility trucks. Emergency medical services are provided by ASAP EMS, CORP.

In the Magee, Mississippi National Guard Unit, there are 149 members with five full-time personnel.

Notable people


  1. ^ "Our City Welcomes You". City Of Magee. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  3. ^ "mangum - magg07.htm - Generated by Personal Ancestral File". Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  4. ^ Magee The First 100 Years 1900-2000. John P. "Pat" Brown.
  5. ^ a b c d Magee The First 100 Years 1900-2000. John P. "Pat" Brown.
  6. ^ "Distance between Mendenhall, MS and Magee, MS".
  7. ^ "First Baptist Church in Magee rebuilt, better than ever". 30 May 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Zip Burger in Magee Named Best Burger in Mississippi". Eat, Drink, Mississippi. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Honea, Sue (18 February 2015). "Zip Burger named top burger in State -". Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  10. ^ Ratcliffe, Jason (July 8, 2017). "Jimmy Clyde Sportsplex". Magee News.
  11. ^ Honea, Sue (17 May 2017). "Magee's Mayor Dale Berry -". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Magee's Dirty Job!". 17 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  13. ^ "Magee, MS→Mobile, AL". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  14. ^ "How far is magee%2Cms to New Orleans - Search". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Rural Water assists Mississippi town after tornado". National Rural Water Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  16. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  18. ^ "Shining Starz ABA". Retrieved 28 April 2023.
  19. ^ "Broadcountry Cinema III in Magee, MS - Cinema Treasures". Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Home | Magee Courier-Simpson County News". Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  21. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2020-06-05.