Mississippi County, Arkansas facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Mississippi County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Mississippi County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the USA highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded November 1, 1833
Seat Blytheville and Osceola
Largest City Blytheville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

920 sq mi (2,383 km²)
901 sq mi (2,334 km²)
19 sq mi (49 km²), 2.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

43,738
52/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.mcagov.com/
Named for: Mississippi River

Mississippi County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,480. There are two county seats, Blytheville and Osceola. The county was formed on November 1, 1833, and named for the Mississippi River which borders the county to the east. Mississippi County is part of the First Congressional District in Arkansas. The Mississippi County Judge is Randy Carney.

The Blytheville, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Mississippi County.

Jefferson W. Speck, a Mississippi County planter, was the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1950 and 1952.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 920 square miles (2,400 km2), of which 901 square miles (2,330 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (2.1%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-55 (AR).svg Interstate 55
  • US 61.svg U.S. Highway 61
  • Arkansas 14.svg Highway 14
  • Arkansas 18.svg Highway 18
  • Arkansas 18B.svg Highway 18 Business
  • Arkansas 77.svg Highway 77
  • Arkansas 118.svg Highway 118
  • Arkansas 119.svg Highway 119
  • Arkansas 135.svg Highway 135
  • Arkansas 136.svg Highway 136
  • Arkansas 137.svg Highway 137
  • Arkansas 137S.svg Highway 137 Spur
  • Arkansas 140.svg Highway 140
  • Arkansas 150.svg Highway 150
  • Arkansas 151.svg Highway 151
  • Arkansas 158.svg Highway 158
  • Arkansas 181.svg Highway 181
  • Arkansas 239.svg Highway 239
  • Arkansas 239S.svg Highway 239 Spur
  • Arkansas 947.svg Highway 947

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,410
1850 2,368 67.9%
1860 3,895 64.5%
1870 3,633 −6.7%
1880 7,332 101.8%
1890 11,635 58.7%
1900 16,384 40.8%
1910 30,468 86.0%
1920 47,320 55.3%
1930 69,289 46.4%
1940 80,217 15.8%
1950 82,375 2.7%
1960 70,174 −14.8%
1970 62,060 −11.6%
1980 59,517 −4.1%
1990 57,525 −3.3%
2000 51,979 −9.6%
2010 46,480 −10.6%
Est. 2015 43,738 −5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Mississippi County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Mississippi County

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 46,480 people residing in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 60.5% White, 33.9% Black, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, <0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.2% from two or more races. 3.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 51,979 people, 19,349 households, and 13,911 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 22,310 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.45% White, 32.70% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.07% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 2.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 19,349 households out of which 36.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.00% were married couples living together, 17.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% 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 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.60% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,479, and the median income for a family was $32,648. Males had a median income of $29,645 versus $19,782 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,978. About 19.00% of families and 23.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.10% of those under age 18 and 19.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Townships

Mississippi County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Mississippi County, Arkansas as of 2010

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Mississippi County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.


Mississippi County, Arkansas Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.