Carroll County, Mississippi

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Carroll County, Mississippi
Carroll County MS Courthouse Carrollton.jpg
Carroll County Courthouse
Map of Mississippi highlighting Carroll County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833
Named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Seat Carrollton (Northern District)
Vaiden (Southern District)
Largest Town Vaiden
Area
 • Total 634.54 sq mi (1,643 km2)
 • Land 627.73 sq mi (1,626 km2)
 • Water 6.81 sq mi (18 km2), 1.07 %
Population
 • (2010) 10.597
 • Density 18/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Swamp in Carroll County in winter

Carroll County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,597.1 Its county seat is Carrollton, Mississippi.2 The county is named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton,3 the last surviving signatory of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. It is inside the Mississippi Delta, although most of its land is in the hill country.

Carroll County is part of the Greenwood, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

It is the setting for the Porter Wagoner song "The Carroll County Accident", and was also mentioned in the third verse of Bobbie Gentry's 1967 hit song, "Ode to Billie Joe".

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 634.54 square miles (1,643.5 km2), of which 627.73 square miles (1,625.8 km2) (or 98.93%) is land and 6.81 square miles (17.6 km2) (or 1.07%) is water.4

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Adjacent Counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 10,481
1850 18,491 76.4%
1860 22,035 19.2%
1870 21,047 −4.5%
1880 17,795 −15.5%
1890 18,773 5.5%
1900 22,116 17.8%
1910 23,139 4.6%
1920 20,324 −12.2%
1930 19,765 −2.8%
1940 20,651 4.5%
1950 15,499 −24.9%
1960 11,177 −27.9%
1970 9,397 −15.9%
1980 9,776 4.0%
1990 9,237 −5.5%
2000 10,769 16.6%
2010 10,597 −1.6%
Est. 2012 10,423 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census5
2012 Estimate1

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 10,769 people, 4,071 households, and 3,069 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,888 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 62.67% White, 36.61% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,071 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 15.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 22.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.01.

According to the census6 of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in Carroll County were English 51%, African 38.6% and Scots-Irish 12.1%

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,878, and the median income for a family was $35,711. Males had a median income of $28,459 versus $19,695 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,744. About 13.70% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.30% of those under age 18 and 23.50% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Carroll County School District is the area public school district.

Carroll Academy is an area private school.

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

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 70. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  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°27′N 89°55′W / 33.45°N 89.92°W / 33.45; -89.92








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