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Clarke County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Clarke County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 23, 1833
Seat Quitman
Largest City Quitman
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

694 sq mi (1,797 km²)
692 sq mi (1,792 km²)
2.0 sq mi (5 km²), 0.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

16,732
24/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Clarke County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,732. Its county seat is Quitman. Clarke County is named for Joshua G. Clarke, the first Mississippi state chancellor and judge.

The county is part of the Meridian, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 694 square miles (1,800 km2), of which 692 square miles (1,790 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-59.svg Interstate 59
  • US 11.svg U.S. Highway 11
  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • Circle sign 18.svg Mississippi Highway 18

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,986
1850 5,477 83.4%
1860 10,771 96.7%
1870 7,505 −30.3%
1880 15,021 100.1%
1890 15,826 5.4%
1900 17,741 12.1%
1910 21,630 21.9%
1920 17,927 −17.1%
1930 19,679 9.8%
1940 20,596 4.7%
1950 19,362 −6.0%
1960 16,493 −14.8%
1970 15,049 −8.8%
1980 16,945 12.6%
1990 17,313 2.2%
2000 17,955 3.7%
2010 16,732 −6.8%
Est. 2015 16,006 −4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,955 people, 6,978 households, and 5,024 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 8,100 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.49% White, 34.81% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.30% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,978 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% were married couples living together, 15.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,610, and the median income for a family was $33,396. Males had a median income of $27,580 versus $19,402 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,288. About 18.80% of families and 23.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.50% of those under age 18 and 24.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town


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