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Itawamba County, Mississippi

Itawamba County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,401.[1] Its county seat is Fulton.[2] The county is part of the Tupelo, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Itawamba County
Itawamba County Courthouse in Fulton
Itawamba County Courthouse in Fulton
Map of Mississippi highlighting Itawamba County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°17′N 88°22′W / 34.28°N 88.36°W / 34.28; -88.36
Country United States
State Mississippi
Founded1836
Named forLevi Colbert (Itawamba)
SeatFulton
Largest cityFulton
Area
 • Total540 sq mi (1,400 km2)
 • Land533 sq mi (1,380 km2)
 • Water7.7 sq mi (20 km2)  1.4%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total23,401
 • Estimate 
(2018)
23,517
 • Density43/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websiteitawambacoms.com

The county was named for the Chickasaw leader Itawamba, known to English-speaking settlers as Levi Colbert.[3] He was prominent during the Indian Removal period of the early 19th century, but died before his people left the area.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 540 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 533 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 7.7 square miles (20 km2) (1.4%) is water.[4]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
18405,375
185013,528151.7%
186017,69530.8%
18707,812−55.9%
188010,66336.5%
189011,7089.8%
190013,54415.7%
191014,5267.3%
192015,6477.7%
193018,22516.5%
194019,9229.3%
195017,216−13.6%
196015,080−12.4%
197016,84711.7%
198020,51821.8%
199020,017−2.4%
200022,77013.8%
201023,4012.8%
Est. 201823,517[5]0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1] 2017[10]

As of the census[11] 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.

CommunitiesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 87.0% 8,470 11.5% 1,117 1.5% 150
2012 79.3% 7,393 18.3% 1,706 2.4% 219
2008 77.0% 7,663 20.9% 2,084 2.1% 204
2004 70.3% 6,833 28.8% 2,802 0.8% 79
2000 63.3% 5,424 35.0% 2,994 1.7% 146
1996 48.2% 3,490 41.3% 2,987 10.5% 760
1992 47.5% 4,142 41.7% 3,635 10.8% 936
1988 59.0% 4,535 40.9% 3,143 0.2% 15
1984 63.0% 4,587 36.7% 2,674 0.3% 24
1980 37.0% 2,906 61.8% 4,852 1.2% 95
1976 32.1% 2,153 66.8% 4,480 1.1% 72
1972 89.2% 4,419 10.3% 509 0.5% 26
1968 9.2% 569 6.7% 417 84.1% 5,204
1964 65.5% 2,140 34.5% 1,127
1960 13.2% 366 63.2% 1,752 23.6% 653
1956 11.2% 298 86.7% 2,310 2.1% 57
1952 19.9% 556 80.1% 2,236
1948 2.9% 50 36.5% 634 60.6% 1,051
1944 11.9% 183 88.1% 1,350
1940 6.8% 119 92.6% 1,627 0.7% 12
1936 3.1% 47 96.9% 1,465
1932 2.1% 40 97.7% 1,851 0.2% 4
1928 27.9% 331 72.1% 854
1924 6.5% 62 93.5% 888 0.0% 0
1920 16.2% 198 83.6% 1,023 0.3% 3
1916 11.6% 184 88.4% 1,407 0.1% 1
1912 2.4% 24 89.4% 914 8.3% 85

Civil RightsEdit

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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Baca, Keith A. (2007). Native American Place Names in Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-60473-483-6.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "QuickFacts. Itawamba County, Mississippi". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 5, 2018.

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