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Winston County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Winston County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1833
Seat Louisville
Largest City Louisville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

610 sq mi (1,580 km²)
607 sq mi (1,572 km²)
2.8 sq mi (7 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

19,198
32/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Winston County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. In the 2010 census, the population was 19,198. Its county seat is Louisville. The county is named for Louis Winston (1784–1824), a colonel in the militia, a prominent lawyer, and a judge of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The county is the site of Nanih Waiya, an ancient mound built in the Woodland period, about 1 CE-300 CE. Since the 17th century, it has been venerated by the Choctaw people who later occupied the area. As of 2008, the mound is owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a Federally-recognized tribe.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 610 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 607 square miles (1,570 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • Circle sign 14.svg Mississippi Highway 14
  • Circle sign 15.svg Mississippi Highway 15
  • Circle sign 19.svg Mississippi Highway 19
  • Circle sign 25.svg Mississippi Highway 25

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Tombigbee National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,650
1850 7,956 71.1%
1860 9,811 23.3%
1870 8,984 −8.4%
1880 10,087 12.3%
1890 12,089 19.8%
1900 14,124 16.8%
1910 17,139 21.3%
1920 18,139 5.8%
1930 21,239 17.1%
1940 22,751 7.1%
1950 22,231 −2.3%
1960 19,246 −13.4%
1970 18,406 −4.4%
1980 19,474 5.8%
1990 19,433 −0.2%
2000 20,160 3.7%
2010 19,198 −4.8%
Est. 2015 18,317 −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
USA Winston County, Mississippi age pyramid
Age pyramid Winston County

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,198 people residing in the county. 51.9% were White, 45.6% Black or African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% of some other race and 0.9% of two or more races. 1.0% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

At the 2000 census, there were 20,160 people, 7,578 households and 5,471 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 per square mile (13/km²). There were 8,472 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 55.26% White, 43.25% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,578 households of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.90% were married couples living together, 18.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09.

26.80% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% 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 88.30 males.

The median household income was $28,256, and the median family income was $33,602. Males had a median income of $28,665 versus $18,210 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,548 About 19.40% of families and 23.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.90% of those under age 18 and 18.90% of those age 65 or over.

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