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Boyle, Mississippi

Boyle, Mississippi
Location of Boyle, Mississippi
Location of Boyle, Mississippi
Boyle, Mississippi is located in USA
Boyle, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Bolivar
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 650
 • Density 463/sq mi (178.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38730
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-08180
GNIS feature ID 0667501

Boyle is a town in Bolivar County, Mississippi. The population was 650 at the 2010 census.[1] The town is named after Andrew Boyle, who discovered the area.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Education 3
  • Historic marker 4
  • References 5


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 4.87%, is water.[1]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 720 people, 268 households, and 191 families residing in the town. The population density was 712.8 people per square mile (275.2/km²). There were 290 housing units at an average density of 287.1 per square mile (110.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.78% White, 45.14% African American, 0.14% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 268 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 23.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the town the population was spread out with 33.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,429, and the median income for a family was $28,500. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $30,104 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,181. About 19.5% of families and 27.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.2% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Boyle

Boyle is served by the Cleveland School District.

Historic marker

The Mississippi Blues Commission placed a historic marker at the Peavine Railroad site intersection with Highway 446 in Boyle, designating it as a site on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The marker commemorates the original lyrics of famed blues artist Charlie Patton's "Peavine Blues", which describes the railway branch of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad which ran south from Dockery Plantation to Boyle. A common theme of blues songs was riding on the railroad, which was a metaphor for travel and escape.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Boyle town, Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "Mississippi Blues Trail Markers To Be Unveiled in Bolivar County" (PDF). Mississippi Development Authority. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
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