Pontotoc County, Mississippi

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Pontotoc County, Mississippi
Pontotoc County Courthouse.jpg
Pontotoc County Courthouse in Pontotoc
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pontotoc County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Seat Pontotoc
Largest city Pontotoc
Area
 • Total 500.99 sq mi (1,298 km2)
 • Land 497.35 sq mi (1,288 km2)
 • Water 3.64 sq mi (9 km2), 0.73%
Population
 • (2010) 29,957
 • Density 54/sq mi (21/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Pontotoc County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,957.[1] Its county seat is Pontotoc.[2] Pontotoc is a Chickasaw word meaning "land of hanging grapes".

Pontotoc County is part of the Tupelo, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The original Natchez Trace and the current-day Natchez Trace Parkway pass through the southeast corner of Pontotoc county.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 500.99 square miles (1,297.6 km2), of which 497.35 square miles (1,288.1 km2) (or 99.27%) is land and 3.64 square miles (9.4 km2) (or 0.73%) is water.[3]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,491
1850 17,112 281.0%
1860 22,113 29.2%
1870 12,525 −43.4%
1880 13,858 10.6%
1890 14,940 7.8%
1900 18,274 22.3%
1910 19,688 7.7%
1920 19,962 1.4%
1930 22,034 10.4%
1940 22,904 3.9%
1950 19,994 −12.7%
1960 17,232 −13.8%
1970 17,363 0.8%
1980 20,918 20.5%
1990 22,237 6.3%
2000 26,726 20.2%
2010 29,957 12.1%
Est. 2012 30,594 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 26,726 people, 10,097 households, and 7,562 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 10,816 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.40% White, 13.98% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.71% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 1.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to the census[5] of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in Potontoc County were English 61.92%, Scots-Irish 15.1%, African 13.98% and Scottish 3%

There were 10,097 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 29.50% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,055, and the median income for a family was $39,845. Males had a median income of $29,074 versus $21,350 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,658. About 10.20% of families and 13.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 23.30% 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. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 34°14′N 89°02′W / 34.23°N 89.04°W / 34.23; -89.04