Pike County, Mississippi

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Pike County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pike County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1815
Named for Zebulon Pike
Seat Magnolia
Largest city McComb
Area
 • Total 410.78 sq mi (1,064 km2)
 • Land 408.89 sq mi (1,059 km2)
 • Water 1.89 sq mi (5 km2), 0.46%
Population
 • (2010) 40,404
 • Density 96/sq mi (37/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.pike.ms.us

Pike County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,404.[1] The county seat is Magnolia.[2] Pike County is named for explorer Zebulon Pike.

Pike County is part of the McComb, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Pike County was formed from Marion County by an act of the Territorial General Assembly on December 9, 1815. Holmesville was selected as the county seat December 11, 1816 in honor of Major Andrew Hunter Holmes an army officer killed in the War of 1812. In 1873 Magnolia was voted in as the new county seat.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 410.78 square miles (1,063.9 km2), of which 408.89 square miles (1,059.0 km2) (or 99.54%) is land and 1.89 square miles (4.9 km2) (or 0.46%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,438
1830 5,402 21.7%
1840 6,151 13.9%
1850 7,360 19.7%
1860 11,135 51.3%
1870 11,303 1.5%
1880 16,688 47.6%
1890 21,203 27.1%
1900 27,545 29.9%
1910 37,272 35.3%
1920 28,725 −22.9%
1930 32,201 12.1%
1940 35,002 8.7%
1950 35,137 0.4%
1960 35,063 −0.2%
1970 31,756 −9.4%
1980 36,173 13.9%
1990 36,882 2.0%
2000 38,940 5.6%
2010 40,404 3.8%
Est. 2012 40,100 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 40,404 people residing in the county. 51.5% were Black or African American, 46.4% White, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 1.2% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 38,940 people, 14,792 households, and 10,502 families residing in the county. The population density was 95 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 16,720 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 51.25% White, 47.53% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,792 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.80% were married couples living together, 19.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% 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 3.12.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,562, and the median income for a family was $29,415. Males had a median income of $27,450 versus $17,405 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,040. About 21.50% of families and 25.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.50% of those under age 18 and 19.70% of those age 65 or over.

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References[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. ^ Pike County Mississippi 1798-1876 Pioneer Families and Confederate Soldiers by Luke W. Conerly 1909
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 31°11′N 90°24′W / 31.18°N 90.40°W / 31.18; -90.40