Lincoln County, Mississippi

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Lincoln County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1870
Named for Abraham Lincoln
Seat Brookhaven
Largest city Brookhaven
Area
 • Total 588.17 sq mi (1,523 km2)
 • Land 585.71 sq mi (1,517 km2)
 • Water 2.47 sq mi (6 km2), 0.42%
Population
 • (2010) 34,869
 • Density 57/sq mi (22/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,869.[1] Its county seat is Brookhaven.[2] Created April 7, 1870, following the Civil War, from portions of Lawrence, Pike, Franklin, Copiah, and Amite counties, it was named by the Reconstruction Government for the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln County comprises the Brookhaven, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Jackson-Vicksburg-Brookhaven, MS Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 588.17 square miles (1,523.4 km2), of which 585.71 square miles (1,517.0 km2) (or 99.58%) is land and 2.47 square miles (6.4 km2) (or 0.42%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 10,184
1880 13,547 33.0%
1890 17,912 32.2%
1900 21,552 20.3%
1910 28,597 32.7%
1920 24,652 −13.8%
1930 26,357 6.9%
1940 27,506 4.4%
1950 27,899 1.4%
1960 26,759 −4.1%
1970 26,198 −2.1%
1980 30,174 15.2%
1990 30,278 0.3%
2000 33,166 9.5%
2010 34,869 5.1%
Est. 2012 34,900 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 33,166 people, 12,538 households, and 9,190 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 14,052 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.38% White, 29.67% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,538 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 14.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,279, and the median income for a family was $33,552. Males had a median income of $29,060 versus $18,877 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,961. About 16.00% of families and 19.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.80% of those under age 18 and 17.10% of those age 65 or over.

Officers[edit]

The Board of Supervisors of Lincoln County currently (June 2006) has the following members:

  • District 1: Rev. Jerry Wilson (vice-president)
  • District 2: Bobby J. Watts
  • District 3: Nolan Earl Williamson
  • District 4: Doug Moak
  • District 5: Gary Walker (president)

The offices of president and vice-president rotate annually.

Communities[edit]

Miscellany[edit]

Lincoln County is home to an above-average number of millionaires. MCI Worldcom CEO and founder Bernard Ebbers resided near Brookhaven prior to his conviction in the scandal that collapsed the company, and sent him to prison.

Lincoln County is served by the newspaper Daily Leader, printed daily except Monday and Saturday.

The county is served by two separate public school districts, a private school, and a couple of smaller so-called "Christian" schools. The Lincoln County School District consists of four K-12 schools. These include Loyd Star, Bogue Chitto, West Lincoln and Enterprise. The Brookhaven School District serves children living in the city limits of Brookhaven.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 4, 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 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 31°32′N 90°27′W / 31.54°N 90.45°W / 31.54; -90.45