Choctaw County, Mississippi
|Choctaw County, Mississippi|
Location in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
|• Total||419.81 sq mi (1,087 km2)|
|• Land||419.10 sq mi (1,085 km2)|
|• Water||0.71 sq mi (2 km2), 0.17%|
|• Density||10/sq mi (4/km²)|
Choctaw County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,547. Its county seat is Ackerman. Choctaw County is named after the Choctaw Native Americans.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 419.81 square miles (1,087.3 km2), of which 419.10 square miles (1,085.5 km2) (or 99.83%) is land and 0.71 square miles (1.8 km2) (or 0.17%) is water.
- Webster County, Mississippi - north
- Oktibbeha County, Mississippi - east
- Winston County, Mississippi - southeast
- Attala County, Mississippi - southwest
- Montgomery County, Mississippi - west
|Montgomery County||Oktibbeha County|
|Attala County||Winston County|
National protected areas
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,758 people, 3,686 households, and 2,668 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 4,249 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.03% White, 30.68% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,686 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 14.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $27,020, and the median income for a family was $31,095. Males had a median income of $26,966 versus $17,798 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,474. About 17.70% of families and 24.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.80% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.
- Ghost towns
Primary and secondary schools
Colleges and universities
Colleges and universities within a 60-mile (97 km) radius of the center of the county include:
- East Mississippi Community College (campuses in Columbus, Mayhew, and Scooba)
- Holmes Community College (campuses in Goodman and Grenada)
- Mississippi State University (Starkville)
- Mississippi University for Women (Columbus)
- Dennis Johnson Fullback for Mississippi State University who played for the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills in the NFL. 
- Kenneth Johnson, NFL defensive back for the Green Bay Packers
- Tony Kimbrough Former professional football quarterback
- Roy Oswalt, a major league pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, and his wife Nicole live in Weir.
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- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Education." Choctaw County Economic Development Foundation. Retrieved on March 1, 2011.
- Choctaw Plain Dealer; French Camp Today