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Marion County, Mississippi
Map

Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1811
Seat Columbia
Largest City Columbia
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

549 sq mi (1,422 km²)
542 sq mi (1,404 km²)
6.2 sq mi (16 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

27,088
50/sq mi (19/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.marioncountyms.com
Named for: Francis Marion

Marion County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,088. Its county seat is Columbia. Marion County is named for American Revolutionary War guerrilla leader Francis Marion.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 549 square miles (1,420 km2), of which 542 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 6.2 square miles (16 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 98.svg U.S. Highway 98
  • Circle sign 13.svg Mississippi Highway 13
  • Circle sign 35.svg Mississippi Highway 35
  • Circle sign 43.svg Mississippi Highway 43
  • Circle sign 44.svg Mississippi Highway 44

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 3,116
1830 3,691 18.5%
1840 3,830 3.8%
1850 4,410 15.1%
1860 4,686 6.3%
1870 4,211 −10.1%
1880 6,901 63.9%
1890 9,532 38.1%
1900 13,501 41.6%
1910 15,599 15.5%
1920 17,144 9.9%
1930 19,923 16.2%
1940 24,085 20.9%
1950 23,967 −0.5%
1960 23,293 −2.8%
1970 22,871 −1.8%
1980 25,708 12.4%
1990 25,544 −0.6%
2000 25,595 0.2%
2010 27,088 5.8%
Est. 2015 25,563 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 25,595 people, 9,336 households, and 6,880 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 10,395 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.96% White, 31.87% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,336 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.00% were married couples living together, 15.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.30% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,555, and the median income for a family was $29,894. Males had a median income of $26,909 versus $17,192 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,301. About 20.70% of families and 24.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.60% of those under age 18 and 23.00% of those aged 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

  • Columbia (county seat & only incorporated place)

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


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