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Adams County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Adams County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1799
Seat Natchez
Largest City Natchez
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

488 sq mi (1,264 km²)
462 sq mi (1,197 km²)
25 sq mi (65 km²), 5.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

32,297
70/sq mi (27/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: https://www.adamscountyms.net/
Named for: John Adams
Stone wall to protect Natchez, MS, from the river IMG 6942
Stone wall provides protection to Natchez, Mississippi from the Mississippi River.
Overview of part of Natchez City Cemetery in Adams Co., MS IMG 6996
A portion of the historic Natchez City Cemetery in Adams County

Adams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,297. The county seat is Natchez. The county is the first to have been organized in the former Mississippi Territory. It is named for the second U.S. President, John Adams, who held that office when the county was organized in 1799.

Adams County is part of the Natchez, MS–LA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Adams County was created on April 2, 1799, from part of Pickering Territorial County. The county was organized eighteen years before Mississippi became a state. Four Mississippi governors have come from Adams County: David Holmes, George Poindexter, John A. Quitman, and Gerard Brandon.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 488 square miles (1,260 km2), of which 462 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (5.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 61.svg U.S. Highway 61
  • US 84.svg U.S. Highway 84
  • US 98.svg U.S. Highway 98
  • US 425.svg U.S. Highway 425
  • Natchez Trace Parkway Logo.gif Natchez Trace Parkway

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Homochitto National Forest (part)
  • Natchez National Historical Park
  • Natchez Trace Parkway (part)
  • St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 4,660
1810 10,002 114.6%
1820 12,076 20.7%
1830 14,937 23.7%
1840 19,434 30.1%
1850 18,601 −4.3%
1860 20,165 8.4%
1870 19,084 −5.4%
1880 22,649 18.7%
1890 26,031 14.9%
1900 30,111 15.7%
1910 25,265 −16.1%
1920 22,183 −12.2%
1930 23,564 6.2%
1940 27,238 15.6%
1950 32,256 18.4%
1960 37,730 17.0%
1970 37,293 −1.2%
1980 38,035 2.0%
1990 35,356 −7.0%
2000 34,340 −2.9%
2010 32,297 −5.9%
Est. 2015 31,254 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
USA Adams County, Mississippi age pyramid
Age pyramid Adams County

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 32,297 people residing in the county. 53.5% were Black or African American, 42.7% White, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 1.7% of some other race and 1.4% of two or more races. 6.7% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census of 2000, there were 34,340 people, 13,677 households, and 9,409 families residing in the county. The population density was 75 people per square mile (29/km²). There were 15,175 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 46.04% White, 52.76% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,677 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.80% were married couples living together, 21.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,234, and the median income for a family was $29,591. Males had a median income of $30,260 versus $20,383 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,778. About 22.90% of families and 25.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.80% of those under age 18 and 19.20% of those age 65 or over.

Adams County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year REP DEM Others
2016 42.5% 5,874 56.1% 7,757 1.5% 205
2012 40.7% 6,293 58.7% 9,061 0.6% 93
2008 41.8% 6,566 57.5% 9,021 0.7% 109
2004 45.2% 6,966 54.4% 8,423 0.4% 60
2000 45.0% 6,691 54.2% 8,065 0.8% 123
1996 37.3% 5,378 57.0% 8,218 5.7% 825
1992 36.7% 5,831 52.0% 8,255 11.2% 1,791
1988 50.7% 8,116 48.3% 7,732 0.9% 146
1984 54.3% 9,440 45.2% 7,849 0.5% 89
1980 49.0% 7,523 47.0% 7,228 4.0% 612
1976 46.4% 6,431 47.8% 6,619 5.9% 811
1972 67.2% 8,500 29.2% 3,697 3.6% 460
1968 10.9% 1,475 38.6% 5,214 50.5% 6,812
1964 84.4% 5,900 15.6% 1,093 0.0% 0
1960 23.6% 1,227 27.9% 1,452 48.5% 2,526

Communities

City

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


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