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Pike County, Mississippi
Pike County
Southtown Historic District in Magnolia, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pike County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 31°11?N 90°24?W / 31.18°N 90.4°W / 31.18; -90.4
Country
State Mississippi
Founded1815
Named forZebulon Pike
SeatMagnolia
Largest cityMcComb
Area
 o Total411 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 o Land409 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 o Water1.7 sq mi (4 km2)  0.4%
Population
 o Total40,404
 o Estimate 
(2018)
39,563
 o Density98/sq mi (38/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central)
 o Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.pike.ms.us

Pike County is a county located on the southwestern border of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,404.[1] The county seat is Magnolia.[2] Pike County is named for explorer Zebulon Pike.

Pike County is part of the McComb, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Pike County was formed from Marion County by an act of the Territorial General Assembly on December 9, 1815. Holmesville was selected as the county seat on December 11, 1816; it was named in honor of Major Andrew Hunter Holmes, an army officer killed in the War of 1812. In 1873 Magnolia was voted in as the new county seat.[3] The county was devoted to agriculture and is still mostly rural.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 409 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.4%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 40,404 people living in the county. 51.5% were Black or African American, 46.4% White, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 1.2% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 38,940 people, 14,792 households, and 10,502 families living in the county. The population density was 95 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 16,720 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 51.25% White, 47.53% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,792 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.80% were married couples living together, 19.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,562, and the median income for a family was $29,415. Males had a median income of $27,450 versus $17,405 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,040. About 21.50% of families and 25.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.50% of those under age 18 and 19.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Politics

Pike County is a swing county in presidential elections; since 2000 it has voted Democratic thrice and Republican twice.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 49.0% 8,009 49.2% 8,043 1.9% 308
2012 45.5% 8,181 53.7% 9,650 0.8% 143
2008 47.9% 8,651 51.4% 9,276 0.7% 128
2004 52.1% 8,660 47.4% 7,881 0.6% 91
2000 52.7% 7,464 46.2% 6,544 1.1% 158
1996 43.5% 5,403 50.7% 6,302 5.9% 730
1992 43.9% 6,005 45.9% 6,279 10.2% 1,395
1988 53.6% 7,637 45.9% 6,531 0.5% 71
1984 57.3% 8,254 42.6% 6,137 0.1% 20
1980 48.6% 6,661 48.8% 6,694 2.6% 361
1976 48.2% 5,659 48.9% 5,749 2.9% 343
1972 72.1% 6,542 25.7% 2,332 2.2% 202
1968 14.4% 1,460 28.1% 2,848 57.6% 5,846
1964 92.2% 6,418 7.8% 543
1960 27.4% 1,467 23.5% 1,258 49.1% 2,632
1956 29.5% 1,210 41.7% 1,714 28.8% 1,182
1952 53.8% 2,908 46.2% 2,495
1948 1.8% 69 5.6% 221 92.6% 3,650
1944 7.7% 248 92.3% 2,972
1940 5.9% 185 93.9% 2,956 0.2% 6
1936 2.6% 86 97.2% 3,170 0.2% 5
1932 4.7% 118 94.9% 2,400 0.4% 10
1928 27.5% 920 72.6% 2,431
1924 8.6% 197 71.7% 1,640 19.8% 452
1920 11.7% 153 84.9% 1,114 3.4% 45
1916 3.5% 53 95.7% 1,451 0.8% 12
1912 2.0% 24 86.9% 1,068 11.2% 137

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Pike County Mississippi 1798-1876 Pioneer Families and Confederate Soldiers, by Luke W. Conerly, 1909
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved .
  12. ^ C. W. Barnum. "Webster Parish, Louisiana, History and Genealogy". laahgp.genealogyvillage.com. Retrieved 2015.

Coordinates: 31°11?N 90°24?W / 31.18°N 90.40°W / 31.18; -90.40


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