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Union 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 1870
Seat New Albany
Largest City New Albany
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

417 sq mi (1,080 km²)
416 sq mi (1,077 km²)
1.3 sq mi (3 km²), 0.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

27,134
65/sq mi (25/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,134. Its county seat is New Albany. According to most sources, the county received its name by being a union of pieces of several large counties, like other Union counties in other states. However, other sources say that the name was meant to mark the re-union of Mississippi and the other Confederate states after the Civil War (at the time, the state had a Republican government under Reconstruction) or that the name came from the Union District, South Carolina, where many of the area's first European-American settlers came from. It is possible that there was more than one reason for the name.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 417 square miles (1,080 km2), of which 416 square miles (1,080 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-22.svg Interstate 22
  • US 78.svg U.S. Route 78
  • Circle sign 9.svg Mississippi Highway 9
  • Circle sign 15.svg Mississippi Highway 15
  • Circle sign 30.svg Mississippi Highway 30
  • Circle sign 178.svg Mississippi Highway 178
  • Circle sign 348.svg Mississippi Highway 348
  • Circle sign 349.svg Mississippi Highway 349
  • Circle sign 355.svg Mississippi Highway 355

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Holly Springs National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 13,030
1890 15,606 19.8%
1900 16,522 5.9%
1910 18,997 15.0%
1920 20,044 5.5%
1930 21,268 6.1%
1940 21,867 2.8%
1950 20,262 −7.3%
1960 18,904 −6.7%
1970 19,096 1.0%
1980 21,741 13.9%
1990 22,085 1.6%
2000 25,362 14.8%
2010 27,134 7.0%
Est. 2015 28,429 4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 25,362 people, 9,786 households, and 7,241 families residing in the county. The population density was 61 people per square mile (24/km²). There were 10,693 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.42% White, 14.95% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 1.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,786 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% 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 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,682, and the median income for a family was $39,666. Males had a median income of $29,087 versus $21,418 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,700. About 9.60% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.10% of those under age 18 and 20.80% of those age 65 or over.

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City

Towns

Village

Unincorporated communities


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