Humphreys County, Mississippi

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Humphreys County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Humphreys County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1918
Named for Benjamin G. Humphreys
Seat Belzoni
Largest city Belzoni
Area
 • Total 431.16 sq mi (1,117 km2)
 • Land 418.09 sq mi (1,083 km2)
 • Water 13.07 sq mi (34 km2), 3.03%
Population
 • (2010) 9,375
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Humphreys County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,375.[1] Its county seat is Belzoni.[2] The county is named for Benjamin G. Humphreys. Humphreys County is Mississippi's newest county, having been formed in 1918.

It was named Farm-Raised Catfish Capital of the World in 1976 by then Governor Cliff Finch, since it produces more farm-raised catfish than any other U.S. county. 40,000 acres (160 km2) of the county are underwater, used to grow catfish. About 60% of U.S. farm-raised catfish are grown within a 65-mile (105 km) radius of the county seat, Belzoni. However, the title "Catfish Capital" has also been claimed by Savannah, Tennessee, and Des Allemands, Louisiana.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 431.16 square miles (1,116.7 km2), of which 418.09 square miles (1,082.8 km2) (or 96.97%) is land and 13.07 square miles (33.9 km2) (or 3.03%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 19,192
1930 24,729 28.9%
1940 26,257 6.2%
1950 23,115 −12.0%
1960 19,093 −17.4%
1970 14,601 −23.5%
1980 13,931 −4.6%
1990 12,134 −12.9%
2000 11,206 −7.6%
2010 9,375 −16.3%
Est. 2012 9,189 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,375 people residing in the county. 74.5% were Black or African American, 23.5% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.9% of some other race and 0.7% of two or more races. 2.2% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

At the 2000 census,[5] there were 11,206 people, 3,765 households and 2,695 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 per square mile (10/km²). There were 4,138 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 27.17% White, 71.51% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.64% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,765 households of which 36.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.30% were married couples living together, 27.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.54.

Age distribution was 32.70% under the age of 18, 10.70% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 18.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 87.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.70 males.

The median household income was $20,566, and the median family income was $23,719. Males had a median income of $24,948 versus $19,201 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,926. About 32.40% of families and 38.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.30% of those under age 18 and 31.00% of those age 65 or over.

Humphreys County has the seventh lowest per capita income in Mississippi and the 56th lowest in the United States.

Communities[edit]

Media[edit]

The Enterprise-Tocsin, a newspaper based out of Indianola in Sunflower County, is distributed in portions of northern Humphreys County.[6]

See also[edit]

External links[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. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "about us." The Enterprise-Tocsin. Retrieved on March 4, 2011. "Our office is located at 114 Main St, Indianola."

Coordinates: 33°08′N 90°31′W / 33.13°N 90.52°W / 33.13; -90.52