Perry County, Mississippi

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Perry County, Mississippi
Perry County Mississippi Courthouse.jpg
Perry County courthouse New Augusta
Map of Mississippi highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1820
Named for Oliver Hazard Perry
Seat New Augusta
Largest town Richton
Area
 • Total 650.20 sq mi (1,684 km2)
 • Land 647.18 sq mi (1,676 km2)
 • Water 3.02 sq mi (8 km2), 0.46%
Population
 • (2010) 12,250
 • Density 18/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,250.1 The county seat is New Augusta.2 The county is named after the War of 1812 naval hero, Oliver Hazard Perry.

Perry County is part of the Hattiesburg, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Until 1906, the county seat was the old town of Augusta, near the center of the county on the east bank of the Leaf River. At Old Augusta, the outlaw, James Copeland, was executed by hanging on October 30, 1857.3 Old Augusta remains a small village today. New Augusta, two miles south of Old Augusta, was made the county seat of Perry County, because it was situated on the Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City Railroad.4

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 650.20 square miles (1,684.0 km2), of which 647.18 square miles (1,676.2 km2) (or 99.54%) is land and 3.02 square miles (7.8 km2) (or 0.46%) is water.5

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,037
1830 2,300 12.9%
1840 1,889 −17.9%
1850 2,438 29.1%
1860 2,606 6.9%
1870 2,694 3.4%
1880 3,427 27.2%
1890 6,494 89.5%
1900 14,682 126.1%
1910 7,685 −47.7%
1920 8,987 16.9%
1930 8,197 −8.8%
1940 9,292 13.4%
1950 9,108 −2.0%
1960 8,745 −4.0%
1970 9,065 3.7%
1980 9,864 8.8%
1990 10,865 10.1%
2000 12,138 11.7%
2010 12,250 0.9%
Est. 2012 12,086 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census6
2012 Estimate1

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 12,138 people, 4,420 households, and 3,332 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 5,107 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.17% White, 22.59% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,420 households out of which 37.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,189, and the median income for a family was $32,791. Males had a median income of $29,130 versus $18,632 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,837. About 19.60% of families and 22.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.60% of those under age 18 and 25.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ The Notorious Copeland Gang.
  4. ^ Perry County, Mississippi Genealogy and History
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 31°10′N 88°59′W / 31.17°N 88.99°W / 31.17; -88.99








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