Clay County, Mississippi facts for kids
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West Point City Hall at West Point Central City Historic District.
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Henry Clay|
|Largest city||West Point|
|• Total||416 sq mi (1,080 km2)|
|• Land||410 sq mi (1,100 km2)|
|• Water||5.9 sq mi (15 km2) 1.4%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||49.60/sq mi (19.151/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Clay County is a county in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,634. Its county seat is West Point. Its name is in honor of American statesman Henry Clay, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century. J. Wesley Caradine, an African American, was the first state representative for Clay County after it was established in 1871.
The federal government formerly designated Clay County as the West Point Micropolitan Statistical Area, but the county lost that status in 2013. It is part of the Golden Triangle region of the state.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 416 square miles (1,080 km2), of which 410 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 5.9 square miles (15 km2) (1.4%) is water.
- U.S. Highway Alternate 45
- Mississippi Highway 25
- Mississippi Highway 46
- Mississippi Highway 47
- Mississippi Highway 50
- Chickasaw County (north)
- Monroe County (northeast)
- Lowndes County (southeast)
- Oktibbeha County (south)
- Webster County (west)
National protected area
- Natchez Trace Parkway (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American||10,785||57.87%|
|Hispanic or Latino||186||1.0%|
As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 18,636 people, 7,618 households, and 4,841 families residing in the county.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,634 people living in the county. 58.2% were Black or African American, 40.5% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% of some other race and 0.6% of two or more races. 1.0% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
- West Point (county seat)
- Palo Alto
- White Station
Clay County is within the service area of the East Mississippi Community College system.
- West Point Consolidated School District and West Point High School are in the county.