Forrest County, Mississippi
|Forrest County, Mississippi|
Location in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
|• Total||470.17 sq mi (1,218 km2)|
|• Land||466.58 sq mi (1,208 km2)|
|• Water||3.59 sq mi (9 km2), 0.76%|
|• Density||155/sq mi (60/km²)|
Forrest County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is part of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 74,934.1 Forrest County was carved out of the western portion of Perry County in 1908.2 It is named in honor of Nathan B. Forrest, a Confederate general in the American Civil War and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Its county seat and largest city is Hattiesburg3.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 470.17 square miles (1,217.7 km2), of which 466.58 square miles (1,208.4 km2) (or 99.24%) is land and 3.59 square miles (9.3 km2) (or 0.76%) is water.4
- Interstate 59
- U.S. Highway 11
- U.S. Highway 49
- U.S. Highway 98
- Mississippi Highway 13
- Mississippi Highway 42
- Jones County (northeast)
- Perry County (east)
- Stone County (south)
- Pearl River County (southwest)
- Lamar County (west)
- Covington County (northwest)
National protected area
- De Soto National Forest (part)
As of the census6 of 2000, there were 72,604 people, 27,183 households, and 17,315 families residing in the county. The population density was 156 people per square mile (60/km²). There were 29,913 housing units at an average density of 64 per square mile (25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.34% White, 33.55% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 27,183 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.60% were married couples living together, 17.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.30% were non-families. 28.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 18.20% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 18.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 89.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $27,420, and the median income for a family was $35,791. Males had a median income of $28,742 versus $20,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,160. About 17.10% of families and 22.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.60% of those under age 18 and 12.80% of those age 65 or over.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- Forrest County, Mississippi. History: The First Ninety Years of Forrest County, Mississippi
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.