Yazoo County, Mississippi
|Yazoo County, Mississippi|
Location in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 21, 1823|
|Largest city||Yazoo City|
|• Total||934.12 sq mi (2,419 km2)|
|• Land||919.48 sq mi (2,381 km2)|
|• Water||14.64 sq mi (38 km2), 1.57%|
|• Density||31/sq mi (12/km²)|
Yazoo County is a county located in the Mississippi Delta region of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,065.1 The county seat is Yazoo City2. It is named for the Yazoo River, whose name, legend has it, comes from an Indian word meaning "River of Death." Farming and lumber are the predominant industries of Yazoo County.citation needed
The Yazoo City Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Yazoo County.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 934.12 square miles (2,419.4 km2), of which 919.48 square miles (2,381.4 km2) (or 98.43%) is land and 14.64 square miles (37.9 km2) (or 1.57%) is water.3
The total land area of 934 square miles (2,420 km2) makes Yazoo County the largest county in Mississippi. In fact, the State of Rhode Island is only 298 square miles (770 km2) larger.
- Humphreys County (north)
- Holmes County (northeast)
- Madison County (east)
- Hinds County (south)
- Warren County (southwest)
- Issaquena County (west)
- Sharkey County (northwest)
||Sharkey County||Humphreys County||Holmes County|
|Issaquena County||Madison County|
|Warren County||Hinds County|
The area which is now Yazoo County was acquired by the State of Mississippi from the Choctaw Indians in 1820. Yazoo County was established on January 21, 1823. It was the 19th county established in the State of Mississippi, and remains the largest in area. The first county seat was at the area known as Beattie's Bluff, Mississippi. In 1829 the county seat was moved to Benton. In 1849 the county seat was moved once again, to Yazoo City where it remains. Yazoo County was a battlefield in 1863 and 1864 during the American Civil War.
The famous railroad disaster which killed engineer Casey Jones took place in Yazoo County, just north of Vaughan, Mississippi, in 1900. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 did much damage in Yazoo County.
Comedian Jerry Clower was a native of Liberty, Mississippi, who immortalized the fictitious Ledbetter Amite County family (based on his memories of real people) with his comedy sketches. His humor was always gentle, upbeat, and deeply based on his Christian faith. Jerry attended Mississippi State University, and was employed by the Mississippi Chemical Company of Yazoo City; he died shortly after building a new home in Amite County.4
As of the census7 of 2000, there were 28,149 people, 9,178 households, and 6,644 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 10,015 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 44.74% White, 53.96% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 4.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
35.60% of the 9,178 households have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.20% were married couples living together, 23.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 24.50% 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 2.81 and the average family size was 3.35.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.50% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 20.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 103.60 males (boys). For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $24,795, and the median income for a family was $29,395. Males had a median income of $28,553 versus $19,797 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,062. About 25.40% of families and 31.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.90% of those under age 18 and 22.50% of those age 65 or over.
- Unincorporated places
- Private Schools
- Benton Academy (Benton)
- Manchester Academy (Yazoo City)
- Covenant Christian School (Yazoo City)
- Thomas Christian Academy (Yazoo City)
- Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi
- Willie Brown, football player
- Jerry Clower, comedian
- Henry Espy, Mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi
- Mike Espy, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
- Lawrence Gordon, motion picture producer
- Lynn Hamilton, actress
- Duck Holmes, blues musician
- T. J. Huddleston, entrepreneur
- Skip James, blues musician
- Tommy McClennan, blues musician
- Willie Morris, writer
- John Wesley Snyder, Texas rancher
- Stella Stevens, actress
- Zig Ziglar, writer and motivational speaker
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- Jerry Clower on Mississippi Writer's Page
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- Based on 2000 census data
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- FAA Airport Master Record for 87I - Retrieved on September 23, 2010.
- Jeter, Lynne W. "Airports an advantage when it comes to site selection." Mississippi Business Journal. March 26, 2001. Retrieved on September 21, 2010.
- Confederate Veterans of Yazoo County, Roster and Sketches of the Several Military Companies which were in Regular Service of the Confererate States during the Civil War from Yazoo County, Miss. Yazoo City, MS: Waller Printing Co., 1905.
- James L. Cox, The Mississippi Almanac. 2001.
- Harriet DeCell and JoAnne Prichard, Yazoo: Its Legends and Legacies. n.c.: Yazoo Delta Press, 1976.
- A.T. Morgan, Yazoo; or, On the Picket Line of Freedom in the South: A Personal Narrative. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968.
- Willie Morris, A Pictorial History of Yazoo County. n.c.: Heritage House Publishing, 1996.
- Nicholas Russell Murray, Yazoo County, Mississippi, 1845-1900. Hammond, LA: Hunting for Bears, c. 1982.
- New Orleans Exposition Committee, Official Information Respecting Yazoo County, Mississippi. Yazoo City, MS: n.p., 1884.
- Yazoo Historical Association, Yazoo County Story: A Pictorial History of Yazoo County, Mississippi, Covering Both the Old and the New. Fort Worth, TX: University Supply and Equipment Co., 1958.
- County of Yazoo (Archive)
- Yazoo County Mississippi on RootsWeb.com
- Yazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau