Kemper County, Mississippi

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Kemper County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Kemper 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 Reuben Kemper
Seat De Kalb
Largest Town De Kalb
Area
 • Total 767.00 sq mi (1,987 km2)
 • Land 766.13 sq mi (1,984 km2)
 • Water 0.87 sq mi (2 km2), 0.11%
Population
 • (2010) 10,456
 • Density 13/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Kemper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,456.[1] Its county seat is De Kalb.[2] It is named in honor of Reuben Kemper.[3]

The county is part of the Meridian, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

United States Senator John C. Stennis, who served from 1947 to 1988, was born in Kemper County. Another Kemper County native was the legendary Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald.

East Mississippi Community College is located in Kemper County in the town of Scooba, at the junction of US 45 and Mississippi Highway 16.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 767.00 square miles (1,986.5 km2), of which 766.13 square miles (1,984.3 km2) (or 99.89%) is land and 0.87 square miles (2.3 km2) (or 0.11%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 7,663
1850 12,517 63.3%
1860 11,682 −6.7%
1870 12,920 10.6%
1880 15,719 21.7%
1890 17,961 14.3%
1900 20,492 14.1%
1910 20,348 −0.7%
1920 19,619 −3.6%
1930 21,881 11.5%
1940 21,867 −0.1%
1950 15,893 −27.3%
1960 12,277 −22.8%
1970 10,233 −16.6%
1980 10,148 −0.8%
1990 10,356 2.0%
2000 10,453 0.9%
2010 10,456 0.0%
Est. 2012 10,335 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,456 people residing in the county. 60.1% were Black or African American, 35.3% White, 3.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% of some other race and 0.7% of two or more races. 0.5% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 10,453 people, 3,909 households, and 2,787 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,533 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 39.03% White, 58.13% Black or African American, 2.06% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,909 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.70% were married couples living together, 20.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 12.50% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,998, and the median income for a family was $30,248. Males had a median income of $24,431 versus $18,199 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,985. About 21.20% of families and 26.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.30% of those under age 18 and 26.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Other communities[edit]

Education[edit]

Kemper County is within the service area of the East Mississippi Community College system.[7] The main campus of EMCC, including the college system's administrative headquarters, is in the Scooba Campus in Scooba.[8]

Electric power plant[edit]

The Kemper Project power plant, scheduled for completion in 2014[9]
Main article: Kemper Project

In 2010, the Mississippi Public Service Commission approved the construction of a lignite coal plant in Kemper County that would be financed by customers in twenty-three southeastern Mississippi counties being served by Mississippi Power Company. The plant drew strong opposition from former Republican State Chairman Clarke Reed of Greenville, who favored a less-expensive natural gas-fueled plant. Reed called the project "...a horrible thing", and thought it would be a political issue that could be used against [Republicans] for years.[10]

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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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 173. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "CATALOG 2007-2009." East Mississippi Community College. 3 (3/147). Retrieved on March 1, 2011.
  8. ^ "CATALOG 2007-2009." East Mississippi Community College. 8 (8/147). Retrieved on March 1, 2011.
  9. ^ "Kemper County IGCC Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. December 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "MS Republican founder Clarke Reed: Kemper plant "totally foolish", March 28, 2013". yallpolitics.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 32°46′N 88°39′W / 32.76°N 88.65°W / 32.76; -88.65