Lamar County, Mississippi facts for kids
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Lamar County Courthouse in Purvis
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar|
|Largest city||West Hattiesburg|
|• Total||500 sq mi (1,000 km2)|
|• Land||497 sq mi (1,290 km2)|
|• Water||3.4 sq mi (9 km2) 0.7%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||111/sq mi (43/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Lamar County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,658. Its county seat is Purvis. Named for Confederate Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, the county was carved out of Marion County to the west in 1904.
Lamar County is part of the Hattiesburg, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is largely a rural county, except for its northeast quarter.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 500 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 497 square miles (1,290 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.7%) is water.
- Interstate 59
- U.S. Highway 11
- U.S. Highway 98
- Mississippi Highway 13
- Mississippi Highway 42
- Mississippi Highway 44
- Covington County (north)
- Forrest County (east)
- Pearl River County (south)
- Marion County (west)
- Jefferson Davis County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||14,296||22.26%|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,362||3.68%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 64,222 people, 22,116 households, and 15,584 families residing in the county.
- Hattiesburg (mostly in Forrest County)
- Lumberton (partly in Pearl River County)
- Purvis (county seat)
Other unincorporated communities
In Spanish: Condado de Lamar (Misisipi) para niños
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