Itawamba County Courthouse in Fulton
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Levi Colbert (Itawamba)|
|o Total||540 sq mi (1,400 km2)|
|o Land||533 sq mi (1,380 km2)|
|o Water||7.7 sq mi (20 km2) 1.4%|
| o Estimate |
|o Density||43/sq mi (17/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Itawamba County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,401. Its county seat is Fulton. The county is part of the Tupelo, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.
The county was named for the Chickasaw leader Itawamba, known to English-speaking settlers as Levi Colbert. He was prominent during the Indian Removal period of the early 19th century, but died before his people left the area.
As of the census of 2000, there were 22,770 people, 8,773 households, and 6,500 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 9,804 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.47% White, 6.47% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
In 2000, there were 8,773 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,156, and the median income for a family was $36,793. Males had a median income of $29,231 versus $20,900 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,956. About 10.10% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 23.60% of those age 65 or over.
The County holds an annual Civil Rights march and speaker series in January on/around the celebration of MLK day. MLK Day Celebration The county was the site of the 2010 Itawamba County School District prom controversy when a lesbian student attempted to bring her partner to prom.