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Welcome to Raleigh ...

The town of Raleigh is located in Smith County<1> and is the County Seat for Smith County.



While we don't have a date for the founding of Raleigh, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1837.

When the people of Raleigh refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Raleighite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Raleigh has a population of 1,396 people<3> (see below for details).

Raleigh is 530 feet [162 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Raleigh lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Raleigh: (601) and (769)<5>

The ZIP code for Raleigh: 39153<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Raleigh had an population of 1,396 people. This is a decrease of 4.51% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 11.24% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Raleigh had a population of 1,462 people (which is 8.87% of the total population of Smith County). This makes Raleigh the county's most populous community.

The population of Raleigh represents 0.05% of the total population of Mississippi (which has 2,967,297 people), making it the state's 134th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,462 people, the population of Raleigh increased 16.49% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,255 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Raleigh.

Communities Also Named Raleigh ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 15 communities that are also named Raleigh - they are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ontario, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Raleigh.

Communities near Raleigh ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Raleigh.

  • Magee
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Magee have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Magee
    • Magee is located in Simpson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,094 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Magee <8>
  • Bay Springs
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bay Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bay Springs
    • Bay Springs is located in Jasper County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,650 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bay Springs <8>
  • Taylorsville
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Taylorsville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Taylorsville
    • Taylorsville is located in Smith County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,241 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Taylorsville <8>
  • Polkville
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Polkville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Polkville
    • Polkville is located in Smith County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 819 people
  • Puckett
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Puckett have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Puckett
    • Puckett is located in Rankin County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 346 people
  • Mize
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mize have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mize
    • Mize is located in Smith County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 323 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mize <8>
  • Louin
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Louin
    • Louin is located in Jasper County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 262 people
  • Montrose
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montrose
    • Montrose is located in Jasper County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 137 people
  • Sylvarena
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sylvarena
    • Sylvarena is located in Smith County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 106 people
  • Bezer
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bezer have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bezer
    • Bezer is located in Smith County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Raleigh. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Raleigh.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Raleigh. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Raleigh.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Raleigh. See our Newspapers Page for Raleigh.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Raleigh ...

Looking for more information about Raleigh? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Raleigh, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Raleigh.

Adding Raleigh to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Raleigh in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Raleigh was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<9>

From that list, the Raleigh post office opened in 1837.

We also found Raleigh in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Raleigh.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Raleigh. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Mississippi: https://www.ms.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Mississippi's counties, including Smith, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Raleigh refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a town's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Raleigh may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Raleigh.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Raleigh - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (769) is an overlay for area code (601).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Raleigh). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Raleigh or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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