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Pike County
Southtown Historic District in Magnolia, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pike County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
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Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Mississippi
Founded 1815
Named for Zebulon Pike
Seat Magnolia
Largest city McComb
Area
 • Total 411 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Land 409 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Water 1.7 sq mi (4 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 40,404
 • Estimate 
(2018)
39,563
 • Density 98.31/sq mi (37.96/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Pike County is a county located on the southwestern border of 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 35,789 1.9%
1970 36,345 1.6%
1980 37,578 3.4%
1990 38,987 3.7%
2000 39,903 2.3%
2010 40,404 1.3%
2018 (est.) 39,563 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Pike County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 16,769 41.59%
Black or African American 21,457 53.21%
Native American 113 0.28%
Asian 254 0.63%
Pacific Islander 7 0.02%
Other/Mixed 1,097 2.72%
Hispanic or Latino 627 1.55%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 40,324 people, 14,404 households, and 8,528 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 40,404 people living 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).

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Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

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