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Lawrence County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Lawrence County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1814
Seat Monticello
Largest town Monticello
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

436 sq mi (1,129 km²)
431 sq mi (1,116 km²)
5.1 sq mi (13 km²), 1.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

12,929
30/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: James Lawrence

Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,929. Its county seat is Monticello. The county is named for the naval hero James Lawrence.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 436 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 431 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 5.1 square miles (13 km2) (1.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 84.svg U.S. Route 84
  • Circle sign 27.svg Mississippi Highway 27
  • Circle sign 43.svg Mississippi Highway 43
  • Circle sign 44.svg Mississippi Highway 44

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,916
1830 5,293 7.7%
1840 5,920 11.8%
1850 6,478 9.4%
1860 9,213 42.2%
1870 6,720 −27.1%
1880 9,420 40.2%
1890 12,318 30.8%
1900 15,103 22.6%
1910 13,080 −13.4%
1920 12,663 −3.2%
1930 12,471 −1.5%
1940 13,983 12.1%
1950 12,639 −9.6%
1960 10,215 −19.2%
1970 11,137 9.0%
1980 12,518 12.4%
1990 12,458 −0.5%
2000 13,258 6.4%
2010 12,929 −2.5%
Est. 2015 12,622 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,258 people, 5,040 households, and 3,749 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 5,688 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.94% White, 32.07% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,040 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.60% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,495, and the median income for a family was $37,899. Males had a median income of $28,925 versus $18,707 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,469. About 16.60% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.10% of those under age 18 and 19.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Unincorporated communities


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