Stone County, Mississippi

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Stone County, Mississippi
StoneCountyCourthouse 1.JPG
Stone County Courthouse in Wiggins
Map of Mississippi highlighting Stone County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1916
Named for John M. Stone
Seat Wiggins
Largest city Wiggins
 • Total 448.07 sq mi (1,160 km2)
 • Land 445.37 sq mi (1,154 km2)
 • Water 2.71 sq mi (7 km2), 0.60%
 • (2010) 17,786
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Stone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,786.[1] Its county seat is Wiggins.[2] Stone County was formed from the northern portion of Harrison County on June 5, 1916.[3] The county was named for John M. Stone, who served as Governor of Mississippi from 1876 to 1882 and again from 1890 to 1896.

Stone County is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 1918, the Stone County Courthouse was completed at a cost of $29,515.18,[4] and is still in use today, after several renovations.

Legislative resolution[edit]

On April 25, during the 2012 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature, Concurrent Resolution 643 was adopted by the state Senate and state House of Representatives, stating that Stone County be named and declared the Mural County of Mississippi.[5] During the previous 8 years, a Telling Trees Project was developed in Stone County to document and celebrate Stone County's history and heritage. As part of that project, 23 murals, in the form of paintings and mosaic tiles, were created in cooperation with the Art Department, Perkinston campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and are on public display throughout the county. The murals tell visual stories of Stone County's ecosystems, people, landmarks, and industries. [6]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 448.07 square miles (1,160.5 km2), of which 445.37 square miles (1,153.5 km2) (or 99.40%) is land and 2.71 square miles (7.0 km2) (or 0.60%) is water.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Stone County Courthouse, circa 1920

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 6,528
1930 5,704 −12.6%
1940 6,155 7.9%
1950 6,264 1.8%
1960 7,013 12.0%
1970 8,101 15.5%
1980 9,716 19.9%
1990 10,750 10.6%
2000 13,622 26.7%
2010 17,786 30.6%
Est. 2012 18,028 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 13,622 people, 4,747 households, and 3,626 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 5,343 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.42% White, 19.18% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 1.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,747 households out of which 37.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 13.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.60% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 12.20% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,495, and the median income for a family was $36,856. Males had a median income of $26,259 versus $21,228 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,693. About 14.50% of families and 17.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.10% of those under age 18 and 14.30% of those age 65 or over. Since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 the population of Stone county has increased by about 40% overall in previously undeveloped areas such as the Beatrice community which now has several new property owners and homes. Industry in the area is at a standstill or decreasing due to lack of natural resources excluding timber and distance of travel being situated in a rural geographical area compared to other Mississippi coastal counties.

Stone County Courthouse, photo taken from Cavers Avenue, Wiggins, MS, circa 1920
Stone County Courthouse, photo taken from Cavers Avenue, Wiggins, MS, December 2010


See also[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. ^ A History of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College accessed 1 January 2007.
  4. ^ Stone County accessed 18 February 2010.
  5. ^ Mississippi Senate Concurrent Resolution 643 Retrieved May 3, 2012
  6. ^ Nicole Dow. 2012. Stone County named state's mural county.Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), Vol. 128, No, 213, page 2A, May 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ The Nature Conservancy: Sweetbay Bogs Preserve
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 30°47′N 89°07′W / 30.79°N 89.12°W / 30.79; -89.12