Utica is a town in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 820 at the 2010 census, down from 966 at the 2000 census. Utica is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Utica is in southwest Hinds County at the junctions of Mississippi Highways 18 and 27. Highway 18 leads northeast 32 miles (51 km) to Jackson, the state capital, and southwest 28 miles (45 km) to Port Gibson, while Highway 27 leads northwest 25 miles (40 km) to Vicksburg and southeast 20 miles (32 km) to Crystal Springs.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Utica has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km), or 0.25%, are water.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 820 people residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 64.0% Black, 26.8% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% from some other race and 0.1% from two or more races. 8.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As of the census of 2000, there were 966 people, 339 households, and 241 families residing in the town. The population density was 323.0 people per square mile (124.7/km²). There were 397 housing units at an average density of 132.7 per square mile (51.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 30.54% White, 66.36% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 2.07% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.83% of the population.
There were 339 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 27.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.43.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $27,614, and the median income for a family was $30,083. Males had a median income of $28,594 versus $21,932 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,491. About 17.1% of families and 27.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.1% of those under age 18 and 24.5% of those age 65 or over.
Utica is the location of the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, organized by the Union for Reform Judaism and dating to when there were more Jews in smaller communities in Mississippi. Most now live in larger urban areas with more professional opportunities.
The town is home to several churches of various denominations, including the following on Main Street: Utica Baptist Church (founded in 1829 and affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention), Utica Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Utica United Methodist Church, and St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, a black Baptist church founded in 1867 after the war by freedmen as a mission of the Baptist church. The black Baptists mostly withdrew en masse across the South from the white Baptist churches. They soon founded independent state associations of their congregations in the South, organizing a national convention by the end of the century. There are several other houses of worship in the town proper, as well as others in the county.