Noxubee County, Mississippi

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Noxubee County, Mississippi
Macon-ms-noxubee-courthouse.jpg
Noxubee County courthouse in Macon, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Noxubee County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833
Seat Macon
Largest city Macon
Area
 • Total 700.05 sq mi (1,813 km2)
 • Land 694.79 sq mi (1,799 km2)
 • Water 5.26 sq mi (14 km2), 0.75%
Population
 • (2010) 11,545
 • Density 18/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Noxubee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,545.[1] Its county seat is Macon.[2] The name is derived from the Choctaw word nakshobi meaning to stink.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 700.05 square miles (1,813.1 km2), of which 694.79 square miles (1,799.5 km2) (or 99.25%) is land and 5.26 square miles (13.6 km2) (or 0.75%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 9,975
1850 16,299 63.4%
1860 20,667 26.8%
1870 20,905 1.2%
1880 29,874 42.9%
1890 27,338 −8.5%
1900 30,846 12.8%
1910 28,503 −7.6%
1920 23,710 −16.8%
1930 25,560 7.8%
1940 25,669 0.4%
1950 20,022 −22.0%
1960 16,826 −16.0%
1970 14,288 −15.1%
1980 13,212 −7.5%
1990 12,604 −4.6%
2000 12,548 −0.4%
2010 11,545 −8.0%
Est. 2012 11,218 −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,545 people residing in the county. 71.6% were Black or African American, 27.1% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% of some other race and 0.5% of two or more races. 0.8% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 12,548 people, 4,470 households, and 3,222 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 5,228 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.30% Black, 29.49% White, 0.15% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 1.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,470 households out of which 35.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.00% were married couples living together, 24.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 25.90% 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 2.77 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the county the population was spread out with 30.70% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 19.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 90.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,330, and the median income for a family was $27,312. Males had a median income of $25,008 versus $17,636 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,018. About 29.20% of families and 32.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.60% of those under age 18 and 25.30% of those age 65 or over.

Recent news[edit]

In 2006 the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit under the Voting Rights Act alleging that the local Democratic Party chairman, Ike Brown, had conspired to orchestrate "relentless racial discrimination" against white voters.[7][8] On August 27, 2007, the Court entered a remedial order in United States v. Brown (S.D. Miss). On June 29, 2007, the Court entered judgment for the United States. The Court's 104-page opinion held that the Voting Rights Act is a colorblind statute and protects all voters from racial discrimination, regardless of the race of the voter.

The Court ruled that Defendants had an illegal discriminatory intent to discriminate against white voters. In its complaint, the United States alleged that the practices of local election and party officials discriminated against whites in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The United States entered in a consent decree with the Noxubee County superintendent of general elections, administrator of absentee ballots, registrar, and the county government. The consent decree prohibited a wide range of discriminatory and illegal voting practices, and required these officials to report such incidents if they received information that they were continuing. This consent decree was approved by the district court and filed simultaneously with the filing of the complaint.

Communities[edit]

Education[edit]

Noxubee County is within the service area of the East Mississippi Community College system.[9] The system offers classes in the Macon Extension in Noxubee County High School in Macon.[10]

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. ^ Byington, Cyrus (1909). Choctaw Language Dictionary. Global Bible Society. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Nossiter, Adam (2006-10-11). "U.S. Says Blacks in Mississippi Suppress White Vote". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Shapiro, Ari (2005-11-14). "White Voters in Mississippi Allege Voting Discrimination" (audio). National Public Radio. 
  9. ^ "CATALOG 2007-2009." East Mississippi Community College. 3 (3/147). Retrieved on March 1, 2011.
  10. ^ "CATALOG 2007-2009." East Mississippi Community College. 10 (10/147). Retrieved on March 1, 2011.

Coordinates: 33°07′N 88°34′W / 33.11°N 88.57°W / 33.11; -88.57