Pike County, Mississippi

Coordinates: 31°11′N 90°24′W / 31.18°N 90.40°W / 31.18; -90.40
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Pike County
Southtown Historic District in Magnolia, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pike County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
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Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 31°11′N 90°24′W / 31.18°N 90.4°W / 31.18; -90.4
Country United States
State Mississippi
Founded1815
Named forZebulon Pike
SeatMagnolia
Largest cityMcComb
Area
 • Total411 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Land409 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Water1.7 sq mi (4 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total40,324
 • Density98/sq mi (38/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.pike.ms.us

Pike County is a county located on the southwestern border of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2020 census, the population was 40,324.[1] The county seat is Magnolia.[2] Pike County is named for explorer Zebulon Pike. Pike County is part of the McComb, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Pike County was formed from Marion County by an act of the Territorial General Assembly on December 9, 1815. Holmesville was selected as the county seat on December 11, 1816; it was named in honor of Major Andrew Hunter Holmes, an army officer killed in the War of 1812. In 1873 Magnolia was voted in as the new county seat.[3] The county was devoted to agriculture and is still mostly rural.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 409 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.4%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
18204,438
18305,40221.7%
18406,15113.9%
18507,36019.7%
186011,13551.3%
187011,3031.5%
188016,68847.6%
189021,20327.1%
190027,54529.9%
191037,27235.3%
192028,725−22.9%
193032,20112.1%
194035,0028.7%
195035,1370.4%
196035,7891.9%
197036,3451.6%
198037,5783.4%
199038,9873.7%
200039,9032.3%
201040,4041.3%
202040,324−0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2013[9]
Pike County by race as of 2020[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White 16,769 41.59%
Black or African American 21,457 53.21%
Native American 113 0.28%
Asian 254 0.63%
Pacific Islander 7 0.02%
Other/Mixed 1,097 2.72%
Hispanic or Latino 627 1.55%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 40,324 people, 14,404 households, and 8,528 families residing in the county.

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Politics[edit]

Pike County is a swing county in presidential elections; since 2000 it has voted Democratic four times and Republican twice.

United States presidential election results for Pike County, Mississippi[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 8,479 48.84% 8,646 49.80% 236 1.36%
2016 8,009 48.95% 8,043 49.16% 308 1.88%
2012 8,181 45.52% 9,650 53.69% 143 0.80%
2008 8,651 47.91% 9,276 51.38% 128 0.71%
2004 8,660 52.07% 7,881 47.38% 91 0.55%
2000 7,464 52.69% 6,544 46.20% 158 1.12%
1996 5,403 43.45% 6,302 50.68% 730 5.87%
1992 6,005 43.90% 6,279 45.90% 1,395 10.20%
1988 7,637 53.63% 6,531 45.87% 71 0.50%
1984 8,254 57.28% 6,137 42.59% 20 0.14%
1980 6,661 48.56% 6,694 48.80% 361 2.63%
1976 5,659 48.16% 5,749 48.92% 343 2.92%
1972 6,542 72.08% 2,332 25.69% 202 2.23%
1968 1,460 14.38% 2,848 28.05% 5,846 57.57%
1964 6,418 92.20% 543 7.80% 0 0.00%
1960 1,467 27.38% 1,258 23.48% 2,632 49.13%
1956 1,210 29.47% 1,714 41.74% 1,182 28.79%
1952 2,908 53.82% 2,495 46.18% 0 0.00%
1948 69 1.75% 221 5.61% 3,650 92.64%
1944 248 7.70% 2,972 92.30% 0 0.00%
1940 185 5.88% 2,956 93.93% 6 0.19%
1936 86 2.64% 3,170 97.21% 5 0.15%
1932 118 4.67% 2,400 94.94% 10 0.40%
1928 920 27.45% 2,431 72.55% 0 0.00%
1924 197 8.61% 1,640 71.65% 452 19.75%
1920 153 11.66% 1,114 84.91% 45 3.43%
1916 53 3.50% 1,451 95.71% 12 0.79%
1912 24 1.95% 1,068 86.90% 137 11.15%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Pike County, Mississippi". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 14, 2023.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Pike County Mississippi 1798-1876 Pioneer Families and Confederate Soldiers, by Luke W. Conerly, 1909
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  12. ^ C. W. Barnum. "Webster Parish, Louisiana, History and Genealogy". laahgp.genealogyvillage.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015.

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