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Overview

Introduction to Brookhaven, Mississippi

Brookhaven, Mississippi, in Lincoln county, is 52 miles S of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center) and 114 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Brookhaven History

The area now covered by the City of Brookhaven was originally inhabited by the Choctaw Indians. It was ruled by the British from 1763 to 1779. Spain governed the area until it was ceded to the United States. Brookhaven was founded in 1818 by Samuel Jayne. It was named after Brookhaven, New York. The area was first settled in the 1850s. The first railroad entered the city in 1858. It is the county seat of Lincoln County, which was established in 1870 and was named in the honor of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President.

Brookhaven and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Lincoln
  • Brookhaven Country Club Golf Course
  • Lake Lincoln State Park
  • Military Memorial Museum
  • Percy Quin State Park

Things To Do In Brookhaven

One can visit the Brookhaven City Park and the Exchange Park while in the city. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy their free hours at the Brookhaven Country Club Golf Course. The Military Memorial Museum is also worth taking a look around. The Brookway Plaza Shopping Center, the Lincoln Plaza Shopping Center, the Village Square Shopping Center and the Westbrook Mart Shopping Center are located in the city. Each year, the city hosts several festivals like the Exchange Club Fair and the Ole Brook Festival.

Brookhaven Transportation

Jackson International Airport is nearby.

Brookhaven Higher Education

Hinds Community College, Mississippi College, Alcorn State University and many other universities and colleges offer higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 12,465
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,369
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 37.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.9%
Median Earnings25+ $26,489
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,043
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,060

Wealth

Median Family Income $33,517
% Above Poverty Level 62.9%
% Below Poverty Level 37.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 27.7%
Median Gross Rent $620
Median House Value $101,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 65.7%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 3.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brookhaven Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles S of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 114 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Lincoln
Standard Zip Codes 39601
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39602, 39603
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.578
Longitude -90.44

Brookhaven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BROOKHAVEN CITY
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 61.3 inches
Station CRYSTAL SPRINGS EXP STN
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 57 F
Apr Temp 53 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 60.3 inches
Station TYLERTOWN 2 WNW
Distance 35.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 63.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Brookhaven, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bhaven (39601, 39602, 39603)

Cobbs (39601)

East Lincoln (39601)

Fair Oaks Springs (39601)

Fair River (39601)

Friendship (39601)

Heucks (39601)

Lucien (39601)

New Sight (39601)

Pearlhaven (39601)

Redstar (39601)

Union Hall (39601)

West Lincoln (39601)

Zetus (39601)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hazlehurst 3,942 $42,005
McComb 12,723 $34,592
Monticello 1,559 $36,008
Summit 2,307 $27,250
Wesson 2,134 $70,347

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brookhaven Public Libraries

Library
Lincoln-lawrence-franklin Regional Library
100 SOUTH JACKSON STREET
Brookhaven, Mississippi
(601) 833-3369
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Brookhaven Hospitals

KING'S DAUGHTERS MEDICAL CENTER-BROOKHAVEN
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
P O BOX 948/427 HIGHWAY 51 NORTH
(601) 833-6011
Emergency Service: Yes

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Brookhaven High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

LOYD STAR SCHOOL
1180 HWY 550 NW
601-833-3473
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 954 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

BROOKHAVEN HIGH SCHOOL
443 E MONTICELLO STREET
601-833-4498
Serves 783 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

ENTERPRISE SCHOOL
1601 HWY 583 SE
601-833-7284
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 719 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

WEST LINCOLN SCHOOL
948 JACKSON LIBERTY DRIVE SW
601-833-4600
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 636 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

MS SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
308 WEST CHEROKEE STREET
601-823-9256
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

EVA HARRIS SCHOOL
900 LEWIS DRIVE
601-833-0107
A Non-traditional School

MULLINS SCHOOL
413 S. HAMILTON STREET
601-833-7479
A Non-traditional School

BROOKHAVEN TECHNICAL CENTER
325 EAST COURT ST.
601-833-8335
A Vocational School

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