Attala County, Mississippi

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Attala County
Attala County courthouse in Kosciusko
Attala County courthouse in Kosciusko
Map of Mississippi highlighting Attala County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 33°05′N 89°35′W / 33.09°N 89.58°W / 33.09; -89.58
Country United States
State Mississippi
Founded1833
SeatKosciusko
Largest cityKosciusko
Area
 • Total737 sq mi (1,910 km2)
 • Land735 sq mi (1,900 km2)
 • Water1.7 sq mi (4 km2)  0.2%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total19,564
 • Estimate 
(2018)
18,365
 • Density27/sq mi (10/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.attalacounty.net

Attala County /ˈætələ/ is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,564.[1] Its county seat is Kosciusko.[2] Attala County is named for Atala, a fictional Native American heroine from an early-19th-century novel of the same name by François-René de Chateaubriand.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 737 square miles (1,910 km2), of which 735 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4] It is bound by the Big Black River, a tributary of the Mississippi River, in the west.

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Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18404,303
185010,991155.4%
186014,16928.9%
187014,7764.3%
188019,98835.3%
189022,21311.1%
190026,24818.2%
191028,8519.9%
192024,831−13.9%
193026,0354.8%
194030,22716.1%
195026,652−11.8%
196021,335−19.9%
197019,570−8.3%
198019,8651.5%
199018,481−7.0%
200019,6616.4%
201019,564−0.5%
2018 (est.)18,365[5]−6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

2020 census[edit]

Attala County Racial Composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White 9,410 52.6%
Black or African American 7,642 42.72%
Native American 29 0.16%
Asian 97 0.54%
Pacific Islander 4 0.02%
Other/Mixed 376 2.1%
Hispanic or Latino 331 1.85%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 17,889 people, 6,941 households, and 4,735 families residing in the county.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,564 people living in the county, down from its peak in 1940. 56.2% were White, 42.0% Black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% of some other race and 0.6% of two or more races. 1.7% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 19,661 people, 7,567 households, and 5,380 families living in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 8,639 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 58.34% White, 40.00% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.65% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 1.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,567 households, out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.30% were married couples living together, 16.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.90% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,794, and the median income for a family was $30,796. Males had a median income of $26,180 versus $17,394 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,782. About 18.30% of families and 21.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.60% of those under age 18 and 21.40% of those age 65 or over.


Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

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Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Attala County, Mississippi[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 5,178 58.69% 3,542 40.15% 103 1.17%
2016 4,897 59.31% 3,242 39.27% 117 1.42%
2012 5,126 56.38% 3,927 43.19% 39 0.43%
2008 5,273 57.42% 3,849 41.91% 61 0.66%
2004 5,014 61.09% 3,145 38.32% 48 0.58%
2000 4,206 58.64% 2,922 40.74% 45 0.63%
1996 3,130 47.34% 3,092 46.76% 390 5.90%
1992 3,520 49.67% 3,015 42.54% 552 7.79%
1988 4,524 59.87% 2,997 39.66% 35 0.46%
1984 4,870 59.28% 3,327 40.50% 18 0.22%
1980 3,975 48.39% 4,117 50.12% 122 1.49%
1976 3,146 42.38% 4,068 54.80% 209 2.82%
1972 4,738 79.50% 1,103 18.51% 119 2.00%
1968 599 8.60% 1,588 22.81% 4,776 68.59%
1964 4,409 94.37% 263 5.63% 0 0.00%
1960 650 19.89% 1,337 40.91% 1,281 39.20%
1956 445 16.74% 1,793 67.46% 420 15.80%
1952 1,178 34.28% 2,258 65.72% 0 0.00%
1948 32 1.30% 130 5.27% 2,305 93.43%
1944 87 3.83% 2,187 96.17% 0 0.00%
1940 63 2.97% 2,049 96.65% 8 0.38%
1936 36 1.90% 1,855 97.79% 6 0.32%
1932 38 1.57% 2,370 97.97% 11 0.45%
1928 113 4.77% 2,258 95.23% 0 0.00%
1924 119 6.74% 1,600 90.60% 47 2.66%
1920 270 18.27% 1,187 80.31% 21 1.42%
1916 110 7.83% 1,267 90.24% 27 1.92%
1912 49 4.03% 1,060 87.17% 107 8.80%


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Baca, Keith A. (2007). Native American Place Names in Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-60473-483-6.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteers Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Mildred Methvin. "Myrtis Lucille Gregory Methvin". Lafayette, Louisiana: genealogy.com. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 4, 2018.

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Coordinates: 33°05′N 89°35′W / 33.09°N 89.58°W / 33.09; -89.58