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Monroe County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Monroe County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1821
Seat Aberdeen
Largest City Amory
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

772 sq mi (1,999 km²)
765 sq mi (1,981 km²)
7.0 sq mi (18 km²), 0.9%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

36,989
48/sq mi (19/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.monroems.com
Named for: James Monroe

Monroe County is a county on the northeast border of the U.S. state of Mississippi next to Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,989. Its county seat is Aberdeen.

History

The county is named in honor of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. Part of the county east of the Tombigbee River originally made-up part of the Alabama Territory, belonging to Marion County, until new lines of demarcation put it in the State of Mississippi in 1821.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 772 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 765 square miles (1,980 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • US 278.svg U.S. Highway 278
  • Circle sign 6.svg Mississippi Highway 6
  • Circle sign 8.svg Mississippi Highway 8
  • Circle sign 25.svg Mississippi Highway 25
  • Circle sign 145.svg Mississippi Highway 145

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,721
1830 3,861 41.9%
1840 9,250 139.6%
1850 21,172 128.9%
1860 21,283 0.5%
1870 22,631 6.3%
1880 28,553 26.2%
1890 30,730 7.6%
1900 31,216 1.6%
1910 35,178 12.7%
1920 32,613 −7.3%
1930 36,141 10.8%
1940 37,648 4.2%
1950 36,543 −2.9%
1960 33,953 −7.1%
1970 34,043 0.3%
1980 36,404 6.9%
1990 36,582 0.5%
2000 38,014 3.9%
2010 36,989 −2.7%
Est. 2015 35,827 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 38,014 people, 14,603 households, and 10,660 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 16,236 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.37% White, 30.77% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,603 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% were married couples living together, 17.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,307, and the median income for a family was $36,749. Males had a median income of $30,232 versus $20,411 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,072. About 13.60% of families and 17.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.30% of those under age 18 and 21.70% of those age 65 or over.

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Other unincorporated communities

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