Lumberton is a city in Lamar and Pearl River counties, Mississippi. It is part of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,228 at the 2000 census.
Lumberton is located at 31°0′14″N 89°27′13″W / 31.00389°N 89.45361°W / 31.00389; -89.45361 (31.003888, -89.453544). Most of the city is in Lamar County, with a small portion extending east into adjacent Pearl River County. In the 2000 census, 2,200 of the city’s 2,228 residents (98.7%) lived in Lamar County and 28 (1.3%) in Pearl River County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²), of which 7.3 square miles (18.8 km²) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km²) (0.27%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,228 people, 829 households, and 602 families residing in the city. The population density was 307.1 people per square mile (118.5/km²). There were 920 housing units at an average density of 126.8 per square mile (48.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 45.56% White, 53.64% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.
There were 829 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 25.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city, the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,178, and the median income for a family was $26,603. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $16,821 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,384. About 23.2% of families and 30.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.7% of those under age 18 and 29.3% of those age 65 or over.