Pearl River County, Mississippi

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Pearl River County, Mississippi
Pearl River County Courthouse in Poplarville
Seal of Pearl River County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pearl River County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1890
Named for Pearl River
Seat Poplarville
Largest city Picayune
 • Total 818.93 sq mi (2,121 km2)
 • Land 811.33 sq mi (2,101 km2)
 • Water 7.60 sq mi (20 km2), 0.93%
 • (2010) 55,834
 • Density 60/sq mi (23/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Pearl River County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The population was 55,834 at the 2010 census.[1] Its county seat is Poplarville.[2]

Pearl River County comprises the Picayune, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the New Orleans-Metairie-Hammond, LA-MS Combined Statistical Area.

Pearl River County is a dry county,[3] and as such, the sale, transportation, and even private possession of beverage alcohol is prohibited by law,[4] except within The City of Picayune (which has exempted itself). The City of Poplarville passed a similar exemption referendum on March 25, 2014.[5]

On September 2, 2005, the 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery (Ohio Army National Guard) arrived at the National Guard armory in Poplarville to assist the community and Pearl River County in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Initial efforts were the security of banks, pharmacies and gas stations as well as initial responses to rural emergencies. The unit stayed for three weeks ultimately checking on many families and structures in the county.[6]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 818.93 square miles (2,121.0 km2), of which 811.33 square miles (2,101.3 km2) (or 99.07%) is land and 7.60 square miles (19.7 km2) (or 0.93%) is water.[7]

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,957
1900 6,697 126.5%
1910 10,593 58.2%
1920 15,648 47.7%
1930 19,405 24.0%
1940 19,125 −1.4%
1950 20,641 7.9%
1960 22,411 8.6%
1970 27,802 24.1%
1980 33,795 21.6%
1990 38,714 14.6%
2000 48,621 25.6%
2010 55,834 14.8%
Est. 2012 55,295 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 census Pearl River County had a population of 55,834. The ethnic and racial make-up of the population was 82.2% non-Hispanic white, 12.3% African-American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% non-Hispanic from some other race, 1.7% from two or more races (0.5% reporting being white and black) and 2.9% Hispanic or Latino.[9]

The census estimates of 2006 place the county population over 57,000 and place it among the 10 fastest growing counties in the U.S.

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 48,621 people, 18,078 households, and 13,576 families residing in the county. The population density was 60 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 20,610 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.55% White, 12.18% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,078 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 12.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,912, and the median income for a family was $35,924. Males had a median income of $30,370 versus $21,519 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,160. About 15.50% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.


Supervisors: Anthony Hales, District 1, Joyce Culpepper, District 2, Dennis Dedeaux, District 3, J. Patrick Lee, District 4, Sandy Kane Smith, District 5

David Allison, Sheriff, Vickie P. Hariel, Circuit Clerk, David Earl Johnson, Chancery Clerk, Gary Beech, Tax Assessor,

State Legislature: Senator Angela Burks-Hill, Senator Tony Smith, Senator Billy Hudson, Rep. Herb Frierson, Rep. Mark Formby, Rep. Timmy Ladner

Currently District 1 Supervisor Anthony Hales is the only Democrat serving in an elected position in Pearl River County.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Alcoholic Beverage Wet-Dry Map". Mississippi Department of Revenue. 
  4. ^ Mississippi Code §67-1-9, §67-3-13.
  5. ^ Poplarville voters decide to turn the dry city wet. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  6. ^ The Buckeye Response: Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Answer the Call Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  7. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ 2010 census report for Pearl River County
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 30°46′N 89°35′W / 30.77°N 89.59°W / 30.77; -89.59