Hazlehurst is a city located in Copiah County, in the State of Mississippi, in the United States. The city occupies an area of 4.4 square miles or 11.5 square kilometres, which is entirely comprised of land, with an elevation of 476 feet above sea level. Hazlehurst is in the Central Standard time zone and is located at 31.51 degrees north latitude and 90.23 degrees west longitudes. As of 2000, it had a population of 4,400.
As of the 2000 census, the population per unit area was 400.2 residents for every square mile, equivalent to 154.
4 square kilometres. Hazlehurst residents' ancestry consisted primarily of African American (68.59%). The remaining population includes Caucasian descendants (29.30%), Native American (0.02%), Asian (0.48%), two or more races (1.02%) and other races (0.59%).
Based on the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau, Hazlehurst had a total of 1,594 households, in which 1,131 families reside. From the total households, 36.5% were married couples, 34.3% had households with children under age 18 living with them, 29% were comprised of, non-family members and 28% had a female head of the household. An average family size was 3.20 and the average household number was 2.68.
The total population as of 2000 census was distributed into several age brackets: 28.1% were residents under 18 years old, 10.4% were18 to 24 years old, 25.6% were 25 to 44 years old, 19.9% were 45 to 64 years old and 16% were 65 years old or older. The average age of the residents was 35. The ratio of females to males was 100 is to 82.7. For every 100 females aged 25 and above, there were 76.3 males.
With regards to the city's economic status, the median income of a household was $25,008, and the median income of a family was $26,081. For females, the average income was $19,475 while the males had an average income of $27,066. Hazlehurst residents' per capita income was $11,839. As of 2000, 26.3% of the total population (including 26.7% of those age 65 or above and 35.8% of those under age 18), and 24% of the families were under the poverty level. The unemployment rate reflected a 9.20% rating, with negative employment growth of -3.20%. Moreover, job growth for the next 10 years was predicted to be 24.50%.
In terms of the city's educational growth as of 2009, every school spent $4,045 per student. For every 1 teacher, there were 16 pupils. The ratio of a librarian to students was 1 to 319, while a councillor had 1,179 children to handle. Presently, Hazlehurst is served by several neighbouring colleges, including the Alcorn State University in Alcorn State, University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, and Holmes Community College in Goodman.
As of the 2009 census, 55.93% of the residents were affiliated with a religion. The residents were associated with Catholic (0.66%), Protestant (52.67%), LDS (1.38%), another Christian Faith (1.22%), and eastern faith (0.01%).
Based on the US average of 100, the cost of living in Hazlehurst as of 2009 was 71.41. The result reflected that the cost of living in the township was cheaper compared to the US average.
Travelling the length of Hazlehurst takes approximately 27.1 minutes. As of 2009, resident commuters with their own car who drive alone consisted of 69.94% of the population, while those that carpool were 22.57% of the population. Also, 2.95% of the population use mass transit.