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Tippah County, Mississippi
Map

Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1836
Seat Ripley
Largest City Ripley
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

460 sq mi (1,191 km²)
458 sq mi (1,186 km²)
2.1 sq mi (5 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

22,232
49/sq mi (19/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Tippah County is a county located on the northern border of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,232. Its county seat is Ripley. The name "Tippah" is derived from a Chickasaw language word meaning "cut off." It was taken from the creek of the same name that flows across much of the original county from northeast to southwest before emptying into the Tallahatchie River. The creek probably was so named because it, and the ridges on either side, "cut off" the western part of the region from the eastern portion.

One of former President Bill Clinton's great-grandfathers is buried here.

Geography

Tippah County MS sign 002

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 460 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 458 square miles (1,190 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 72.svg U.S. Highway 72
  • Circle sign 2.svg Mississippi Highway 2
  • Circle sign 4.svg Mississippi Highway 4
  • Circle sign 15.svg Mississippi Highway 15

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Holly Springs National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 9,444
1850 20,741 119.6%
1860 22,550 8.7%
1870 20,727 −8.1%
1880 12,867 −37.9%
1890 12,951 0.7%
1900 12,983 0.2%
1910 14,631 12.7%
1920 15,419 5.4%
1930 18,658 21.0%
1940 19,680 5.5%
1950 17,522 −11.0%
1960 15,093 −13.9%
1970 15,852 5.0%
1980 18,739 18.2%
1990 19,523 4.2%
2000 20,826 6.7%
2010 22,232 6.8%
Est. 2015 22,131 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

At the 2000 census, there are 20,826 people, 8,108 households and 5,910 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 per square mile (18/km²). There were 8,868 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.85% White, 15.92% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 2.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of 2000, there were 8,108 households of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.

Age distribution was 25.00% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.20 males.

The median household income was $29,300, and the median family income was $34,547. Males had a median income of $27,505 versus $20,446 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,041 About 14.00% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.00% of those under age 18 and 23.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Towns

Unincorporated communities


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