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Humphreys County
Humphreys County Courthouse
Humphreys County Courthouse
Map of Mississippi highlighting Humphreys 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 1918
Named for Benjamin G. Humphreys
Seat Belzoni
Largest city Belzoni
Area
 • Total 431 sq mi (1,120 km2)
 • Land 418 sq mi (1,080 km2)
 • Water 13 sq mi (30 km2)  3.0%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 9,375
 • Estimate 
(2018)
8,257
 • Density 21.752/sq mi (8.398/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Humphreys County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,375. Its county seat is Belzoni. The county is named for Benjamin G. Humphreys. Humphreys County is Mississippi's newest county, having been formed in 1918. Humphreys County is located in the Mississippi Delta region.

It was named 'Farm-Raised Catfish Capital of the World' in 1976 by then Governor Cliff Finch, since it produced more farm-raised catfish than any other U.S. county. Forty thousand acres (160 square kilometers) of the county are underwater and used to grow catfish. About 60% of U.S. farm-raised catfish is raised within a 65-mile (105 km) radius of the county seat, Belzoni. The title "Catfish Capital" has also been claimed by Savannah, Tennessee, and Des Allemands, Louisiana.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 431 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 418 sq mi (1,080 km2) is land and 13 sq mi (34 km2) (3.0%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 49W.svg U.S. Highway 49W
  • Circle sign 7.svg Mississippi Highway 7
  • Circle sign 12.svg Mississippi Highway 12
  • Circle sign 14.svg Mississippi Highway 14
  • Circle sign 16.svg Mississippi Highway 16

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 19,192
1930 24,729 28.9%
1940 26,257 6.2%
1950 23,115 −12.0%
1960 19,093 −17.4%
1970 14,601 −23.5%
1980 13,931 −4.6%
1990 12,134 −12.9%
2000 11,206 −7.6%
2010 9,375 −16.3%
2018 (est.) 8,257 −11.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

2020 census

Humphreys County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 1,423 18.28%
Black or African American 6,072 78.00%
Native American 13 0.17%
Asian 10 0.13%
Other/Mixed 176 2.26%
Hispanic or Latino 91 1.17%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 7,785 people, 3,186 households, and 2,078 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,375 people living in the county: 74.5% were Black or African American, 23.5% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.9% of some other race and 0.7% of two or more races, and 2.2% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

Communities

City

Towns

Unincorporated communities

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