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Perry County, Mississippi
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Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1820
Seat New Augusta
Largest town Richton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

650 sq mi (1,683 km²)
647 sq mi (1,676 km²)
3.0 sq mi (8 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

12,250
19/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Oliver Hazard Perry

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,250. The county seat is New Augusta. The county is named after the War of 1812 naval hero, Oliver Hazard Perry.

Perry County is part of the Hattiesburg, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Until 1906, the county seat was the old town of Augusta, near the center of the county on the east bank of the Leaf River. At Old Augusta, the outlaw James Copeland was executed by hanging on October 30, 1857. Old Augusta remains a small village today. New Augusta, two miles south of Old Augusta, was made the county seat of Perry County, because it was situated on the Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City Railroad.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 650 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 647 square miles (1,680 km2) is land and 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 98.svg U.S. Highway 98
  • Circle sign 15.svg Mississippi Highway 15
  • Circle sign 29.svg Mississippi Highway 29
  • Circle sign 42.svg Mississippi Highway 42

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • De Soto National Forest (part)
  • Black Creek Wilderness
  • Leaf River Wildlife Management Area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,037
1830 2,300 12.9%
1840 1,889 −17.9%
1850 2,438 29.1%
1860 2,606 6.9%
1870 2,694 3.4%
1880 3,427 27.2%
1890 6,494 89.5%
1900 14,682 126.1%
1910 7,685 −47.7%
1920 8,987 16.9%
1930 8,197 −8.8%
1940 9,292 13.4%
1950 9,108 −2.0%
1960 8,745 −4.0%
1970 9,065 3.7%
1980 9,864 8.8%
1990 10,865 10.1%
2000 12,138 11.7%
2010 12,250 0.9%
Est. 2015 12,277 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,138 people, 4,420 households, and 3,332 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 5,107 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.17% White, 22.59% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,420 households out of which 37.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,189, and the median income for a family was $32,791. Males had a median income of $29,130 versus $18,632 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,837. About 19.60% of families and 22.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.60% of those under age 18 and 25.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Unincorporated communities


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