Simpson County, Mississippi

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Simpson County, Mississippi
Simpson County Mississippi Courthouse.jpg
Simpson County courthouse in Mendenhall
Map of Mississippi highlighting Simpson County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1824
Seat Mendenhall
Largest city Magee
Area
 • Total 590.53 sq mi (1,529 km2)
 • Land 588.73 sq mi (1,525 km2)
 • Water 1.80 sq mi (5 km2), 0.30%
Population
 • (2010) 27,503
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Simpson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,503.[1] The county seat is Mendenhall.[2] The county is named for a judge, Josiah Simpson.

Simpson County is part of the Jackson, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Spencer Myrick, a member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature, and his brother, Bill, a Country music figure in Odessa, Texas, were born in Simpson County but reared in West Carroll Parish in northeastern Louisiana.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 590.53 square miles (1,529.5 km2), of which 588.73 square miles (1,524.8 km2) (or 99.70%) is land and 1.80 square miles (4.7 km2) (or 0.30%) is water.[3]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,680
1840 3,380 26.1%
1850 4,734 40.1%
1860 6,080 28.4%
1870 5,718 −6.0%
1880 8,008 40.0%
1890 10,138 26.6%
1900 12,800 26.3%
1910 17,201 34.4%
1920 18,109 5.3%
1930 20,897 15.4%
1940 22,024 5.4%
1950 21,819 −0.9%
1960 20,454 −6.3%
1970 19,947 −2.5%
1980 23,441 17.5%
1990 23,953 2.2%
2000 27,639 15.4%
2010 27,503 −0.5%
Est. 2012 27,374 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census [5] of 2000, there were 27,639 people, 10,076 households, and 7,385 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 11,307 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.39% White, 34.31% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,076 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 14.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,343, and the median income for a family was $32,797. Males had a median income of $27,197 versus $20,136 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,344. About 17.50% of families and 21.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.70% of those under age 18 and 21.00% 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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 31°55′N 89°55′W / 31.92°N 89.92°W / 31.92; -89.92