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Brookhaven is a small city in Lincoln Countymarker, Mississippimarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 9,861 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lincoln Countymarker. It was named after the Town of Brookhavenmarker, New Yorkmarker, by founder Samuel Jayne, in 1818.


Brookhaven is located at (31.581704, -90.442806) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (19.0 km²), of which, 7.3 square miles (19.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.27%) is water.

The size of the city was expanded in late 2007 to almost triple the previous size. It was done through a vote of annexation.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,861 people, 3,810 households, and 2,480 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,345.6 people per square mile (519.4/km²). There were 4,240 housing units at an average density of 578.6/sq mi (223.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 47.55% White, 50.91% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 3,810 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 21.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,632, and the median income for a family was $30,950. Males had a median income of $28,079 versus $20,047 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,695. About 23.3% of families and 26.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.8% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Brookhaven is served by the Brookhaven School District. There is also a private school, Brookhaven Academy, that serves the city. Mississippi School of the Arts is also located in the city.

Media Outlets

Brookhaven is a part of the Jackson, Mississippimarker Television Market, including news stations WLBTmarker, WJTVmarker, WAPTmarker, and WDBDmarker. The city is served by a daily newspaper called The Daily Leader.


Temple B'nai Shalom is a rare example of Moorish Revival architecture.

Notable residents

Rail Transportation

Amtrak's City of New Orleans serves Brookhaven.


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