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Alcorn County
Alcorn County Courthouse and Confederate statue
Alcorn County Courthouse and Confederate statue
Map of Mississippi highlighting Alcorn County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
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Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Mississippi
Founded 1870
Named for James L. Alcorn
Seat Corinth
Largest city Corinth
Area
 • Total 401 sq mi (1,040 km2)
 • Land 400 sq mi (1,000 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 37,057
 • Estimate 
(2018)
36,925
 • Density 92.41/sq mi (35.68/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Alcorn County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,057. Its county seat is Corinth. The county is named in honor of Governor James L. Alcorn.

The Corinth Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Alcorn County.

History

Alcorn County was formed in 1870 from portions of Tippah and Tishomingo counties. It was the site of the Siege of Corinth, an early campaign in the American Civil War.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 401 square miles (1,040 km2), of which 400 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.3%) is water. It is the smallest county by area in Mississippi. The Tuscumbia and Hatchie rivers intersect the county.

Major highways

  • US 45.svg U.S. Route 45
  • US 72.svg U.S. Route 72
  • Circle sign 2.svg Mississippi Highway 2

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 10,431
1880 14,272 36.8%
1890 13,115 −8.1%
1900 14,987 14.3%
1910 18,159 21.2%
1920 21,369 17.7%
1930 23,653 10.7%
1940 26,969 14.0%
1950 27,158 0.7%
1960 25,282 −6.9%
1970 27,179 7.5%
1980 33,036 21.5%
1990 31,722 −4.0%
2000 34,558 8.9%
2010 37,057 7.2%
2018 (est.) 36,925 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Alcorn County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 27,738 79.84%
Black or African American 4,316 12.42%
Native American 61 0.18%
Asian 180 0.52%
Pacific Islander 19 0.05%
Other/Mixed 1,178 3.39%
Hispanic or Latino 1,248 3.59%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 34,740 people, 14,649 households, and 9,590 families residing in the county.

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Unincorporated places

Ghost town

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