McComb, Mississippi

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McComb, Mississippi
Skyline of McComb, Mississippi
Location of McComb, Mississippi
Location of McComb, Mississippi
Coordinates: Coordinates: 31°14′41″N 90°27′34″W / 31.24472°N 90.45944°W / 31.24472; -90.45944
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyPike
Area
 • Total11.6 sq mi (30.0 km2)
 • Land11.5 sq mi (29.8 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation
423 ft (129 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total13,337
 • Density1,157.4/sq mi (446.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
39648-39649
Area code(s)601
FIPS code28-43280
GNIS feature ID0673307

McComb is a city in Pike County, Mississippi, about 80 miles south of Jackson, just off of Interstate 55. As of the 2000 census, 13,337 people lived there, about a thousand more than in the 1980 census (12,331). It is the principal city of the McComb, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area. McComb was founded in 1872 after Henry Simpson McComb of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad (which would become the Illinois Central Railroad and now a part of the Canadian National Railway), decided to move the railroad's maintenance shops away from New Orleans, Louisiana, to avoid the New Orleans' saloons.

Singer Britney Spears was born in McComb.

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