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Itawamba County, Mississippi
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Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1836
Seat Fulton
Largest City Fulton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

540 sq mi (1,399 km²)
533 sq mi (1,380 km²)
7.7 sq mi (20 km²), 1.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

23,401
44/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Levi Colbert (Itawamba)

Itawamba County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,401. Its county seat is Fulton. The county was named for the Chickasaw leader Itawamba, known to English-speaking settlers as Levi Colbert. He was prominent during the Indian Removal period of the early 19th century, but died before his people left the area. The county was the site of the 2010 Itawamba County School District prom controversy when a lesbian student attempted to bring her partner to prom.

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

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 540 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 533 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 7.7 square miles (20 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-22.svg Interstate 22
  • US 78.svg U.S. Highway 78
  • Circle sign 23.svg Mississippi Highway 23
  • Circle sign 25.svg Mississippi Highway 25
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Natchez Trace Parkway (part)
  • Pharr Mounds (near Tupelo), 85-acre (340,000 m2) complex of earthwork burial mounds from the Middle Woodland period

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 5,375
1850 13,528 151.7%
1860 17,695 30.8%
1870 7,812 −55.9%
1880 10,663 36.5%
1890 11,708 9.8%
1900 13,544 15.7%
1910 14,526 7.3%
1920 15,647 7.7%
1930 18,225 16.5%
1940 19,922 9.3%
1950 17,216 −13.6%
1960 15,080 −12.4%
1970 16,847 11.7%
1980 20,518 21.8%
1990 20,017 −2.4%
2000 22,770 13.8%
2010 23,401 2.8%
Est. 2015 23,609 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,770 people, 8,773 households, and 6,500 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 9,804 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.47% White, 6.47% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2000, there were 8,773 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,156, and the median income for a family was $36,793. Males had a median income of $29,231 versus $20,900 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,956. About 10.10% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 23.60% of those age 65 or over.

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