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Tishomingo County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Tishomingo County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 9, 1836
Seat Iuka
Largest City Iuka
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

445 sq mi (1,153 km²)
424 sq mi (1,098 km²)
20 sq mi (52 km²), 4.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

19,593
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Chief Tishomingo

Tishomingo County is a county located in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,593. Its county seat is Iuka.

History

Tishomingo County was organized February 9, 1836, from Chickasaw lands that were ceded to the United States. The Chickasaw were forced by Indian Removal to relocate to lands in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). In 1870 this land was divided into Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties.

1888 Tishomingo County Mississippi Courthouse
1870 courthouse, in Iuka, Ms..

Tishomingo was referred to in the Coen brothers' film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Geography

Woodall Mountain Mississippi
Woodall Mountain, elevation 807 feet, is the highest point in the state of Mississippi.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 445 square miles (1,150 km2), of which 424 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (4.6%) is water. The highest natural point in Mississippi, the 806 feet (246 meter) Woodall Mountain, is located in the county. Tishomingo County is the only county in Mississippi with outcroppings of natural limestone formations.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • U.S. Route 72
  • Mississippi Highway 4
  • Mississippi Highway 25
  • Mississippi Highway 30
  • Mississippi Highway 172
  • Mississippi Highway 350
  • Mississippi Highway 364
  • Mississippi Highway 365
  • Mississippi Highway 366
  • Mississippi Highway 760
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

National protected area

Natchez Trace Parkway Logo.gif Natchez Trace Parkway

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 6,681
1850 15,490 131.9%
1860 24,149 55.9%
1870 7,350 −69.6%
1880 8,774 19.4%
1890 9,302 6.0%
1900 10,124 8.8%
1910 13,067 29.1%
1920 15,091 15.5%
1930 16,411 8.7%
1940 16,974 3.4%
1950 15,544 −8.4%
1960 13,889 −10.6%
1970 14,940 7.6%
1980 18,434 23.4%
1990 17,683 −4.1%
2000 19,163 8.4%
2010 19,593 2.2%
Est. 2015 19,552 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,593 people residing in the county. 94.5% were White, 2.6% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 1.7% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 2.8% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census of 2000 there were 19,163 people, 7,917 households, and 5,573 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 9,553 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.93% White, 3.11% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.06% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

By 2005 the population was 93.4% non-Hispanic white. 3.6% of the population was African-American. 2.6% of the population was Latino.

In 2000 there were 7,917 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,315, and the median income for a family was $34,378. Males had a median income of $28,109 versus $19,943 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,395. About 11% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

TishomingoSPbridge
Bridge over Bear Creek in Tishomingo State Park.

Communities

City

Towns

Villages

Unincorporated communities

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