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Pike County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pike County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1815
Seat Magnolia
Largest City McComb
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

411 sq mi (1,064 km²)
409 sq mi (1,059 km²)
1.7 sq mi (4 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

40,404
99/sq mi (38/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.pike.ms.us
Named for: Zebulon Pike

Pike County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,404. The county seat is Magnolia. Pike County is named for explorer Zebulon Pike.

Pike County is part of the McComb, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Pike County was formed from Marion County by an act of the Territorial General Assembly on December 9, 1815. Holmesville was selected as the county seat December 11, 1816 in honor of Major Andrew Hunter Holmes an army officer killed in the War of 1812. In 1873 Magnolia was voted in as the new county seat.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 409 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-55.svg Interstate 55
  • US 51.svg U.S. Highway 51
  • US 98.svg U.S. Highway 98
  • Circle sign 24.svg Mississippi Highway 24
  • Circle sign 44.svg Mississippi Highway 44
  • Circle sign 48.svg Mississippi Highway 48
  • Mississippi Highway 570
  • Mississippi Highway 584

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,438
1830 5,402 21.7%
1840 6,151 13.9%
1850 7,360 19.7%
1860 11,135 51.3%
1870 11,303 1.5%
1880 16,688 47.6%
1890 21,203 27.1%
1900 27,545 29.9%
1910 37,272 35.3%
1920 28,725 −22.9%
1930 32,201 12.1%
1940 35,002 8.7%
1950 35,137 0.4%
1960 35,063 −0.2%
1970 31,756 −9.4%
1980 36,173 13.9%
1990 36,882 2.0%
2000 38,940 5.6%
2010 40,404 3.8%
Est. 2015 39,956 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 40,404 people residing in the county. 51.5% were Black or African American, 46.4% White, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 1.2% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census of 2000, there were 38,940 people, 14,792 households, and 10,502 families residing in the county. The population density was 95 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 16,720 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 51.25% White, 47.53% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,792 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.80% were married couples living together, 19.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% 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 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,562, and the median income for a family was $29,415. Males had a median income of $27,450 versus $17,405 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,040. About 21.50% of families and 25.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.50% of those under age 18 and 19.70% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities

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Unincorporated communities


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