Jasper County, Mississippi
|Jasper County, Mississippi|
Location in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
|Seat||Bay Springs and Paulding|
|Largest city||Bay Springs|
|• Total||677.44 sq mi (1,755 km2)|
|• Land||676.00 sq mi (1,751 km2)|
|• Water||1.44 sq mi (4 km2), 0.21%|
|• Density||26/sq mi (10/km²)|
Jasper County was formed in 1833 from the middle section of what been Jones County. It was named for Sgt. William Jasper who first distinguished himself in the defense of Fort Moultrie in 1776. When a shell from a British warship shot away the flagstaff, he recovered the flag, raised it on a temporary staff, and held it under fire until a new staff was installed. Sgt. Jasper was killed in the Siege of Savannah in 1779.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 677.44 square miles (1,754.6 km2), of which 676.00 square miles (1,750.8 km2) (or 99.79%) is land and 1.44 square miles (3.7 km2) (or 0.21%) is water.
- Newton County (north)
- Clarke County (east)
- Wayne County (southeast)
- Jones County (south)
- Smith County (west)
|Smith County||Clarke County|
|Jones County||Wayne County|
National protected area
- Bienville National Forest (part)
As of the census of 2000, there were 18,149 people, 6,708 households, and 4,957 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 7,671 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 52.88% Black or African American, 46.47% White, 0.07% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,708 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.90% were married couples living together, 18.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $24,441, and the median income for a family was $29,951. Males had a median income of $27,183 versus $17,260 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,889. About 19.30% of families and 22.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.90% of those under age 18 and 23.70% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- Unincorporated places
In popular culture
- Jasper County is featured in the 1999 episode "Trevor", of the science fiction television series, The X-Files.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- "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.
- Jasper County Courthouse Pictures
- History of Jasper County
- Jasper County, MS Register of Motor Vehicles & Motorcyles [sic] (MUM00242) at the University of Mississippi, Archives and Special Collections.