Washington County, Mississippi

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Washington County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1827
Named for George Washington
Seat Greenville
Largest city Greenville
Area
 • Total 761.26 sq mi (1,972 km2)
 • Land 723.99 sq mi (1,875 km2)
 • Water 37.27 sq mi (97 km2), 4.90%
Population
 • (2010) 51,137
 • Density 88/sq mi (34/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.washingtoncountyms.us

Washington 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 51,137.[1] Its county seat is Greenville.[2] The county is named in honor of the first President of the United States, George Washington.

The Greenville Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Washington County.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 761.26 square miles (1,971.7 km2), of which 723.99 square miles (1,875.1 km2) (or 95.10%) is land and 37.27 square miles (96.5 km2) (or 4.90%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,976
1840 7,287 268.8%
1850 8,389 15.1%
1860 15,679 86.9%
1870 14,569 −7.1%
1880 25,367 74.1%
1890 40,414 59.3%
1900 49,216 21.8%
1910 48,933 −0.6%
1920 51,092 4.4%
1930 54,310 6.3%
1940 67,576 24.4%
1950 70,504 4.3%
1960 78,638 11.5%
1970 70,581 −10.2%
1980 72,344 2.5%
1990 67,935 −6.1%
2000 62,977 −7.3%
2010 51,137 −18.8%
Est. 2012 49,750 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 51,137 people residing in the county. 71.3% were Black or African American, 27.0% White, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% of some other race and 0.6% of two or more races. 1.0% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 62,977 people, 22,158 households, and 15,931 families residing in the county. The population density was 87 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 24,381 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 33.97% White, 69.57% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to the census[5] of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in Washington County were African 69.57%, English 21.4%, Scottish 8.2% and Scots-Irish 3.1%

Washington County by 2005 was 67.2% African-American in population. Latinos constituted 1.1% of the population in the county while non-Hispanic whites made up 31.7% of the population.

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 22,158 households out of which 36.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.60% were married couples living together, 26.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 24.60% 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 2.80 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.50% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 87.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,757, and the median income for a family was $30,324. Males had a median income of $28,266 versus $20,223 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,430. About 24.90% of families and 29.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.40% of those under age 18 and 24.60% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Mid Delta Regional Airport, owned by the City of Greenville, is located in an unincorporated area in the county.[6]

Communities[edit]

Education[edit]

Pillow Academy in unincorporated Leflore County, near Greenwood, enrolls some students from Washington County.[7] It originally was a segregation academy.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 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 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Greenville city, Mississippi." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 15, 2011.
  7. ^ "Profile of Pillow Academy 2010-2011." Pillow Academy. Retrieved on March 25, 2012.
  8. ^ Lynch, Adam (18 November 2009). "Ceara’s Season". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 

Coordinates: 33°17′N 90°57′W / 33.29°N 90.95°W / 33.29; -90.95