Scott County, Mississippi

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Scott County, Mississippi
Court-House, Forest, Miss..jpg
Scott County Courthouse
Map of Mississippi highlighting Scott County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833
Named for Abram M. Scott
Seat Forest
Largest city Forest
Area
 • 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%
Population
 • (2010) 28,264
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
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.[1] Its county seat is Forest.[2] The county is named for Abram M. Scott, the Governor of Mississippi from 1832 to 1833.

Geography[edit]

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.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,653
1850 3,961 139.6%
1860 8,139 105.5%
1870 7,847 −3.6%
1880 10,845 38.2%
1890 11,740 8.3%
1900 14,316 21.9%
1910 16,723 16.8%
1920 16,420 −1.8%
1930 20,914 27.4%
1940 23,144 10.7%
1950 21,681 −6.3%
1960 21,187 −2.3%
1970 21,369 0.9%
1980 24,556 14.9%
1990 24,137 −1.7%
2000 28,423 17.8%
2010 28,264 −0.6%
Est. 2012 28,250 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

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).[5][6]

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[edit]

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,[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Newspaper[edit]

The Scott County Times has served Scott County since 1939. It is a weekly publication owned by Emmerich Newspapers, Inc.[citation needed]

Communities[edit]

  • Towns
    • Lake (partly in Newton County)
    • Sebastopol (small portion in Leake County)

See also[edit]

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. ^ http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DP_DPDP1&prodType=table
  6. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/28/28123.html

Coordinates: 32°24′N 89°33′W / 32.40°N 89.55°W / 32.40; -89.55