Sherman,_Mississippi Latitude and Longitude:

34°21′38″N 88°50′19″W / 34.36056°N 88.83861°W / 34.36056; -88.83861
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Sherman, Mississippi
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Location of Sherman, Mississippi
Location of Sherman, Mississippi
Sherman, Mississippi is located in the United States
Sherman, Mississippi
Sherman, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°21′38″N 88°50′19″W / 34.36056°N 88.83861°W / 34.36056; -88.83861
CountryUnited States
State Mississippi
Counties Pontotoc, Union, Lee
 • Total1.74 sq mi (4.51 km2)
 • Land1.74 sq mi (4.51 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
364 ft (111 m)
 ( 2020)
 • Total600
 • Density344.63/sq mi (133.04/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 ( Central (CST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 662
FIPS code28-67200
GNIS feature ID0677651

Sherman is a town which straddles Lee, Pontotoc, and Union counties in Mississippi. The population was 600 at the 2020 census.


In 1840 Reuben Jones and John Witt settled what is now the Sherman community fourteen miles northeast of Pontotoc, however the town owes its formation and growth to the building of the old Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad. When the operation of trains was begun on the newly built railroad in 1886 a station was established and named Sherman by a resident who had formerly lived in Sherman, Texas. R.P. Kelly built the first home in the spring of 1886. Other citizens and businessmen of the town were John Witt, J.E. Wade, and John Johnson.

The Mississippi Normal Institute was founded in 1889 by Professor J.N. Davis and a boarding house was maintained in connection with the institute. The institute flourished for several years with an enrollment of 300 but with the development of the public school system its patronage dwindled and about 1903 it was consolidated with the public school at Sherman.

The following excerpt from the Pontotoc Democrat of September 19, 1890 describes the town: "Ninety-four miles from Memphis, 158 miles from Birmingham on the K C M & B Railroad is the thriving little town of Sherman. Her population has almost doubled in the last twelve months. She is surrounded by the best fanning lands in the State. She has 35 dwellings, 6 stores, 2 doctors, no graveyards, a ~40,000 school building and destined to be the Jupiter in the educational world.” [2]


Sherman is located at 34°21′38″N 88°50′19″W / 34.36056°N 88.83861°W / 34.36056; -88.83861 (34.360659, -88.838734). [3] The town lies northwest of Tupelo, and is concentrated in an area north of Interstate 22 and south of Mississippi Highway 178. Most of the town is in Pontotoc County with a portion extending north into Union County and a tiny portion extending east into Lee County. [4] In the 2000 census, 425 of the town's 548 residents (77.6%) lived in Pontotoc County, 122 (22.3%) in Union County, and 1 (0.2%) in Lee County. [5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.Note
U.S. Decennial Census [6]

2020 census

Sherman Racial Composition [7]
Race Num. Perc.
White 409 68.17%
Black or African American 136 22.67%
Native American 1 0.17%
Asian 5 0.83%
Pacific Islander 1 0.17%
Other/Mixed 30 5.0%
Hispanic or Latino 18 3.0%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 600 people, 289 households, and 180 families residing in the town.

2000 census

As of the census [8] of 2000, there were 548 people, 241 households, and 153 families residing in the town. The population density was 293.6 inhabitants per square mile (113.4/km2). There were 263 housing units at an average density of 140.9 per square mile (54.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 83.39% White, 16.06% African American, 0.36% Native American, and 0.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

There were 241 households, out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,667, and the median income for a family was $29,844. Males had a median income of $29,038 versus $18,958 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,301. About 20.4% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 22.7% of those age 65 or over.


The town of Sherman is served by three school districts based on the county the land resides in. Most of the town is served by the Pontotoc County School District, [9] while the Union County portion is served by the Union County School District. [10] The Lee County School District serves the small portion of Sherman that lies in Lee County. [11]


The town's government is headed by the mayor and five aldermen who serve four-year terms.

Notable person


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  2. ^ Origin of Sherman, Mississippi,; accessed September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ American FactFinder Reference Map Archived 2007-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Mississippi 2000-2006". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2007-06-28. Archived from the original ( CSV) on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-08.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Pontotoc County, MS" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2022-07-31. - Text list
  10. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Union County, MS" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2022-07-31. - Text list
  11. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Lee County, MS" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2022-07-31. - Text list
  12. ^ "Dode Criss Stats". Retrieved January 19, 2023.

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