Scott County, Mississippi
|Scott County, Mississippi|
Scott County Courthouse
Location in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Abram M. Scott|
|• Total||610.38 sq mi (1,581 km2)|
|• Land||609.08 sq mi (1,578 km2)|
|• Water||1.30 sq mi (3 km2), 0.21%|
|• Density||47/sq mi (18/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,264. Its county seat is Forest. The county is named for Abram M. Scott, the Governor of Mississippi from 1832 to 1833.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 610.38 square miles (1,580.9 km2), of which 609.08 square miles (1,577.5 km2) (or 99.79%) is land and 1.30 square miles (3.4 km2) (or 0.21%) is water.
- Leake County (north)
- Newton County (east)
- Smith County (south)
- Rankin County (west)
- Madison County (northwest)
||Madison County||Leake County|
|Rankin County||Newton County|
National protected area
- Bienville National Forest (part)
As of the 2010 census, there were 28,264 people, 10,248 households, and 7,264 families residing in the county. The population density was 46.4 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 11,470 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 53.3% White, 37.5% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 7.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. 10.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino (6.3% Mexican, 1.5% Guatemalan, 0.7% Cuban).
There were 10,183 households out of which 36.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.80% were married couples living together, 18.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.60% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, 100% are said to be sexually active.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,686, and the median income for a family was $31,487. Males had a median income of $26,406 versus $18,459 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,013. About 16.50% of families and 20.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.80% of those under age 18 and 22.70% of those age 65 or over.
Scott County Sheriff's Office and Scott County Courts-Justice
The Scott County Sheriff's office serves the equivalent of County law enforcement for both unincorporated cities as well as incorporated cities within the county. The Scott County Sheriff is the oldest elected position in Scott County. The Scott County Sheriff's Office has 63 employees both sworn and non-sworn, and is divided into six divisions; Administration, patrol, criminal investigations,narcotics, communications, and detention. The Sheriff's office operates the County Jail and has contracts with the Forest Police Department and the MS. Department of Corrections. In 2010 the Scott County Sheriff's office opened a new state of the art correction facility. The facility can handle 150 prisoners. Incorporated also into the facility is a new sheriff's office. The new sheriff's provides offices for all administrative personnel as well as investigations offices.
In September 2014 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the MacArthur Justice Center accused the county of imprisoning people without bringing proper criminal charges and trials. On September 23 of that month the groups filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of several inmates in the jail.
The Scott County Times has served Scott County since 1939. It is a weekly publication owned by Emmerich Newspapers, Inc.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Scott County, Mississippi.|
- Bienville National Forest
- Dry counties
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Scott County, Mississippi
- Roosevelt State Park
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- Robertson, Campbell. "In a Mississippi Jail, Convictions and Counsel Appear Optional." The New York Times. September 24, 2014. Print: September 25, 2014, p. A15 ("In a Mississippi Jail, Convictions and Counsel Appear Optional"). Retrieved on September 26, 2014.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 5, 2013.