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Original WROX (AM) building in Clarksdale.
Original WROX (AM) building in Clarksdale.
Map of Mississippi highlighting Coahoma 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 February 9, 1836
Seat Clarksdale
Largest city Clarksdale
Area
 • Total 583 sq mi (1,510 km2)
 • Land 552 sq mi (1,430 km2)
 • Water 31 sq mi (80 km2)  5.3%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 26,151
 • Estimate 
(2018)
22,628
 • Density 44.86/sq mi (17.319/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd
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Coahoma County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,151. Its county seat is Clarksdale.

The Clarksdale, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Coahoma County. It is located in the Mississippi Delta region of Mississippi.

History

Coahoma County was established February 9, 1836, and is located in the northwestern part of the state in the fertile Yazoo Delta region. The name "Coahoma" is a Choctaw word meaning "red panther." The act creating the county defined its limits as follows:

Beginning at the point where the line between townships 24 and 25 of the surveys of the late Choctaw cession intersects the Mississippi River, and running thence up the said river to the point where the dividing line between the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes of Indians intersects the same; thence with the dividing line to the point where the line between ranges two and three of the survey of the said Choctaw cession intersects the same; thence with said range line, to the line between townships 24 and 25 aforesaid, and thence with the said township line to the beginning.

In the early days of the county, before the construction of railways or extensive roadways inland, the Mississippi River was the primary transportation route, and the first three county seats were each located on the river. In 1836, Port Royal was designated as the first county seat. In 1841, high waters on the Mississippi River flooded Port Royal, and in 1842 the county seat was moved to the town of Delta. High waters on the Mississippi also flooded Delta, and in 1850 the county seat was moved to Friars Point, which had a population of about 1,000 in 1920, and received its name in honor of Robert Friar, an early settler. As nearby Clarksdale grew in population and influence, it challenged Friars Point's hold on the county government, and in 1892, Coahoma County was divided into two jurisdictions, one going to Friars Point and the other to Clarksdale. In 1930, the county seat was given exclusively to Clarksdale, which had a population of 7,500 in 1920. Clarksdale is now the largest and most important city in the county, and was named for John Clark, a brother-in-law of Governor James L. Alcorn, whose home, Eagle’s Nest, was in this county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 583 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 552 square miles (1,430 km2) is land and 31 square miles (80 km2) (5.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-69.svg Future Interstate 69
  • US 49.svg U.S. Highway 49
  • US 61.svg U.S. Highway 61
  • Circle sign 1.svg Mississippi Highway 1
  • Circle sign 6.svg Mississippi Highway 6

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,290
1850 2,780 115.5%
1860 6,606 137.6%
1870 7,144 8.1%
1880 13,568 89.9%
1890 18,342 35.2%
1900 26,293 43.3%
1910 34,217 30.1%
1920 41,511 21.3%
1930 46,327 11.6%
1940 48,333 4.3%
1950 49,361 2.1%
1960 46,212 −6.4%
1970 40,447 −12.5%
1980 36,918 −8.7%
1990 31,665 −14.2%
2000 30,622 −3.3%
2010 26,151 −14.6%
2018 (est.) 22,628 −13.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

2020 census

Coahoma County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 4,285 20.03%
Black or African American 16,209 75.78%
Native American 26 0.12%
Asian 112 0.52%
Other/Mixed 408 1.91%
Hispanic or Latino 350 1.64%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 21,390 people, 8,782 households, and 5,637 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 26,151 people living in the county. 75.5% were Black or African American, 22.9% White, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% of some other race and 0.5% of two or more races. 1.1% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Education

  • Colleges
    • Coahoma Community College (Clarksdale)

Coahoma County was previously in the service area of the Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC). As a result of the 1995 Mississippi Legislature session, Coahoma County is no longer in the MDCC service area.

  • Public School Districts
    • Clarksdale Municipal School District - Its high school is Clarksdale High School
    • Coahoma County School District - Its high school is Coahoma County Junior-Senior High School
  • Private Schools
    • Lee Academy (Clarksdale)

Notable people

Black History Month on Kiddle
African-American Ballerinas:
Precious Adams
Lauren Anderson (dancer)
Janet Collins
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