Walthall County, Mississippi
|Walthall County, Mississippi|
Walthall County courthouse in Tylertown, Mississippi
Location in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
|• Total||404.44 sq mi (1,047 km2)|
|• Land||403.82 sq mi (1,046 km2)|
|• Water||0.62 sq mi (2 km2), 0.15%|
|• Density||36/sq mi (14/km²)|
Walthall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,443. Its county seat is Tylertown. The county is named after Civil War general and Mississippi Senator Edward C. Walthall.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 404.44 square miles (1,047.5 km2), of which 403.82 square miles (1,045.9 km2) (or 99.85%) is land and 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2) (or 0.15%) is water. It is the smallest county in Mississippi in land area.
Walthall County is located in Southwest Mississippi.
- Lawrence County (north)
- Marion County (east)
- Washington Parish, Louisiana (south)
- Pike County (west)
- Lincoln County (northwest)
||Lincoln County||Lawrence County|
|Pike County||Marion County|
|Washington Parish, Louisiana|
As of the census of 2000, there were 15,156 people, 5,571 households, and 4,111 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 6,418 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 54.61% White, 44.09% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,571 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 16.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $22,945, and the median income for a family was $29,169. Males had a median income of $26,745 versus $16,909 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,563. About 22.40% of families and 27.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.70% of those under age 18 and 17.50% of those age 65 or over.
Walthall County was created in 1910 by taking land from Marion County, and from Pike County. If you are looking for your ancestors, you may need to look in the old records of those counties as well. The Mississippi Genealogy and History Network website (http://www.walthall.msghn.org) has marriage and census records available and links to Marion County early census and tax records as well.
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