Choctaw County, Mississippi

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Choctaw County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Choctaw County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833
Named for Choctaw people
Seat Ackerman
Largest town Ackerman
Area
 • Total 420 sq mi (1,088 km2)
 • Land 418 sq mi (1,083 km2)
 • Water 1.7 sq mi (4 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 8,547
 • Density 20/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Choctaw County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,547.[1] Its county seat is Ackerman.[2] The county is named after the Choctaw Native Americans.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 420 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 418 square miles (1,080 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.4%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 6,010
1850 11,402 89.7%
1860 15,722 37.9%
1870 16,988 8.1%
1880 9,036 −46.8%
1890 10,847 20.0%
1900 13,036 20.2%
1910 14,357 10.1%
1920 12,491 −13.0%
1930 12,339 −1.2%
1940 13,548 9.8%
1950 11,009 −18.7%
1960 8,423 −23.5%
1970 8,440 0.2%
1980 8,996 6.6%
1990 9,071 0.8%
2000 9,758 7.6%
2010 8,543 −12.5%
Est. 2013 8,371 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,543 people residing in the county. 68.1% were White, 30.2% African American, 0.3% U.S. Census, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.1% of two or more races. 1.4% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[8] 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.

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Choctaw County School District operates public schools. Ackerman High School and the Weir Attendance Center provide secondary school education.[9]

French Camp Academy, which provides in-house private education in grades 7 through 12, is located in French Camp.[9] [10]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Colleges and universities within a 60-mile (97 km) radius of the center of the county include:[9]

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ a b c "Education." Choctaw County Economic Development Foundation. Retrieved on March 1, 2011.
  10. ^ Choctaw Plain Dealer; French Camp Today
  11. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/dennisjohnson/2517610/profile
  12. ^ http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=JOHNSKEN05
  13. ^ http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=KIMBRTON01

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°21′N 89°15′W / 33.35°N 89.25°W / 33.35; -89.25