Leake County, Mississippi

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Leake County, Mississippi
Leake County Courthouse.jpg
Leake County Courthouse in Carthage
Map of Mississippi highlighting Leake 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 Walter Leake
Seat Carthage
Largest city Carthage
Area
 • Total 585.39 sq mi (1,516 km2)
 • Land 582.71 sq mi (1,509 km2)
 • Water 2.68 sq mi (7 km2), 0.46%
Population
 • (2010) 23,805
 • Density 36/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Leake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,805.1 Its county seat is Carthage.2 The county is named for Walter Leake, the Governor of Mississippi from 1822 to 1825.citation needed

The center of population of Mississippi is located in Leake County, near the town of Lena.3

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 585.39 square miles (1,516.2 km2), of which 582.71 square miles (1,509.2 km2) (or 99.54%) is land and 2.68 square miles (6.9 km2) (or 0.46%) is water.4

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,162
1850 5,533 155.9%
1860 9,324 68.5%
1870 8,496 −8.9%
1880 13,146 54.7%
1890 14,803 12.6%
1900 17,360 17.3%
1910 18,298 5.4%
1920 16,973 −7.2%
1930 21,803 28.5%
1940 24,570 12.7%
1950 21,610 −12.0%
1960 18,660 −13.7%
1970 17,085 −8.4%
1980 18,790 10.0%
1990 18,436 −1.9%
2000 20,940 13.6%
2010 23,805 13.7%
Est. 2012 23,297 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census5
2012 Estimate1

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,805 people residing in the county. 49.5% were White, 40.6% Black or African American, 6.0% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.8% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 4.3% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 20,940 people, 7,611 households, and 5,563 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 8,585 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 56.14% White, 37.42% Black or African American, 4.56% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 2.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,611 households out of which 34.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 16.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.13. In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,055, and the median income for a family was $32,147. Males had a median income of $27,367 versus $18,307 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,365. About 18.10% of families and 23.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.90% of those under age 18 and 23.90% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

The Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, operated by the Management and Training Corporation on behalf of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, is in Walnut Grove.7 The prison opened in 2001.8 Between the prison's opening and 2006, the Town of Walnut Grove annexed the prison.9

Communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Walnt Grove Correctional Facility". Management and Training Corporation. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Five Private Prisons." Mississippi Department of Corrections. Retrieved on November 21, 2010.
  9. ^ "Walnut Grove." First Impressions. Mississippi State University, February 2008. 0 (3/21). Retrieved on August 14, 2010. "Looking at the MDA profile, the population growth is impressive (year 2000 – 488, year 2006 – 1,424). However, we learned that most of this population growth has been due to the location and annexation of the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility."

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Coordinates: 32°45′N 89°31′W / 32.75°N 89.52°W / 32.75; -89.52








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