Pelahatchie is a town in Rankin County, Mississippi.
The town's population was 1,461 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Jackson, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its zip code is 39145.
Pelahatchie was founded in 1850, and named after Pelahatchie Creek. The name Pelahatchie is derived from the Native American term meaning "crooked creek". The town was the bright spot in the county during the late 1800s mainly due to the railroad access in the heart of town. Pelahatchie is home to both a public school, Pelahatchie Attendance Center (Chiefs), and a private school, East Rankin Academy (Patriots).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), all land.
The Town of Pelahatchie is served by the Rankin County School District.
- Pelahatchie Elementary School (Grades K-6)
- Pelahatchie Attendance Center (Grades 7-12)
- East Rankin Academy
The median income for a household in the town was $31,597, and the median income for a family was $37,313. Males had a median income of $28,145 versus $20,813 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,950. About 11.5% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 27.6% of those age 65 or over.
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