Sharkey County, Mississippi

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Sharkey County, Mississippi
Sharkey County Mississippi Courthouse.jpg
Sharkey County courthouse in Rolling Fork
Map of Mississippi highlighting Sharkey County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1876
Named for William L. Sharkey
Seat Rolling Fork
Largest city Rolling Fork
Area
 • Total 434.88 sq mi (1,126 km2)
 • Land 427.71 sq mi (1,108 km2)
 • Water 7.17 sq mi (19 km2), 1.65%
Population
 • (2010) 4,916
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Sharkey County is a county located in the Mississippi Delta region of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,916.[1] Its county seat is Rolling Fork.[2] The county is named after William L. Sharkey, the provisional Governor of Mississippi in 1865.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 434.88 square miles (1,126.3 km2), of which 427.71 square miles (1,107.8 km2) (or 98.35%) is land, and 7.17 square miles (18.6 km2) (or 1.65%) is water.[3]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 6,306
1890 8,382 32.9%
1900 12,178 45.3%
1910 15,694 28.9%
1920 14,190 −9.6%
1930 13,877 −2.2%
1940 15,433 11.2%
1950 12,903 −16.4%
1960 10,738 −16.8%
1970 8,937 −16.8%
1980 7,964 −10.9%
1990 7,066 −11.3%
2000 6,580 −6.9%
2010 4,916 −25.3%
Est. 2012 4,799 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,916 people residing in the county. 71.0% were Black or African American, 27.9% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% of some other race and 0.4% or two or more races. 0.8% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,580 people, 2,163 households, and 1,589 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 2,416 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 29.36% White, 69.32% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,163 households out of which 36.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.00% were married couples living together, 26.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.56.

In the county the population was spread out with 33.00% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 20.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 88.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,285, and the median income for a family was $26,786. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $17,931 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,396. About 30.50% of families and 38.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.00% of those under age 18 and 24.20% of those age 65 or over.

Sharkey County has the tenth lowest per capita income in Mississippi and the 73rd lowest in the United States.

Communities[edit]

Crossing the Sunflower River southeast of Rolling Fork, 1965

Education[edit]

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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 32°53′N 90°49′W / 32.88°N 90.81°W / 32.88; -90.81