Tunica (Mississippi)

Tunica County


Tunica is the administrative headquarters of the Tunica County in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Mississippi. The city is located near the east bank of the Mississippi River.

After the city was formerly almost exclusively dominated by agriculture today are mainly casinos, visitors from across the southeastern United States tighten, the main source of the city.

The city is the fourth county seat of Tunica County after it first in commerce (1839-1832 and 1842-1847), Payton (a few months in 1842 ) and Austin ( 1847-1888 ).


Tunica is located at 34 ° 41'20 " north latitude and 90 ° 22'50 " west longitude. The city covers more than 1.8 square kilometers, which consist exclusively of land area.

The city is located approximately 9 km east of the Mississippi River in the northwest of the state of the same name. Through the village leads to the U.S. Highway 61 about 50 km to Clarksdale without any curve, slope or incline runs south of the city.

In the south of the city is located on Highway 61, a small airfield. East of the city, a new regional airport has been put into operation in order to cope with the growing number of visitors since the 1990s by the casinos can in 2003.

Demographic data

In the census of 2000 a population of 1,132 was determined. These were distributed to 537 households in 254 families. The population density was 615.6 / km ². There were 592 buildings, which corresponds to a density of 321.9 / km ².

The population was in 2000 from 67.84 % White, 29.42 % African American, 1.06 % Asian, 0.27 % Indians and 0.88 % other. 0.53 % said to be descended from at least two of these groups. 2.30% of the population were Hispanics who belonged to the various of the aforementioned groups.

18.9% were under the age of 18, 6.1 % from 18 to 24, 23.4% 25-44, 28.3 % from 45 to 64 and 23.3 % 65 and older. The average age was 46 years. For every 100 females were statistically 87.7 men in the over 18 -year-olds 80.0.

The average income per household was $ 26,607, the average family income at $ 54,583. Men's income averaged $ 30,208, and for women about $ 22,250. The per capita income was $ 20,114. Around 17.1 % of families and 25.5 % of the total population were income below the poverty line.