McComb, Mississippi

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McComb, Mississippi
City
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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
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Pike
Area
 • Total 11.6 sq mi (30.0 km2)
 • Land 11.5 sq mi (29.8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 423 ft (129 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 13,337
 • Density 1,157.4/sq mi (446.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 39648-39649
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-43280
GNIS feature ID 0673307

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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