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Leake County
Leake County Courthouse in Carthage
Leake County Courthouse in Carthage
Map of Mississippi highlighting Leake County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Mississippi
Founded 1833
Named for Walter Leake
Seat Carthage
Largest city Carthage
Area
 • Total 585 sq mi (1,520 km2)
 • Land 583 sq mi (1,510 km2)
 • Water 2.5 sq mi (6 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 23,805
 • Estimate 
(2018)
22,763
 • Density 40.69/sq mi (15.711/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Leake County is a county located in the center of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,805. Its county seat is Carthage. The county is named for Walter Leake, the Governor of Mississippi from 1822 to 1825.

In 2010, the center of population of Mississippi was located in Leake County, near the town of Lena.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 585 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 583 square miles (1,510 km2) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • Circle sign 13.svg Mississippi Highway 13
  • Circle sign 16.svg Mississippi Highway 16
  • Circle sign 25.svg Mississippi Highway 25
  • Circle sign 35.svg Mississippi Highway 35
  • Circle sign 43.svg Mississippi Highway 43
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Natchez Trace Parkway (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,162
1850 5,533 155.9%
1860 9,324 68.5%
1870 8,496 −8.9%
1880 13,146 54.7%
1890 14,803 12.6%
1900 17,360 17.3%
1910 18,298 5.4%
1920 16,973 −7.2%
1930 21,803 28.5%
1940 24,570 12.7%
1950 21,610 −12.0%
1960 18,660 −13.7%
1970 17,085 −8.4%
1980 18,790 10.0%
1990 18,436 −1.9%
2000 20,940 13.6%
2010 23,805 13.7%
2018 (est.) 22,763 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Leake County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 10,069 47.33%
Black or African American 8,189 38.49%
Native American 1,297 6.1%
Asian 78 0.37%
Pacific Islander 5 0.02%
Other/Mixed 407 1.91%
Hispanic or Latino 1,230 5.78%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 21,275 people, 8,105 households, and 5,591 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,805 people living in the county. 49.5% were White, 40.6% Black or African American, 6.0% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.8% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 4.3% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Education

Leake County is served by the Leake County School District and East Central Community College, including Carthage Career Advancement Center, in Leake County and operated by East Central Community College.

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