George County
George County courthouse in Lucedale
George County courthouse in Lucedale
Map of Mississippi highlighting George County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 30°52′N 88°38′W / 30.87°N 88.64°W / 30.87; -88.64
Country United States
State Mississippi
Founded1910
Named forJames Z. George
SeatLucedale
Largest cityLucedale
Area
 • Total484 sq mi (1,250 km2)
 • Land479 sq mi (1,240 km2)
 • Water4.9 sq mi (13 km2)  1.0%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total22,578
 • Estimate 
(2018)
24,250
 • Density47/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.georgecountyms.com/index.html

George County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,578.[1] Its county seat is Lucedale.[2] The county is named for James Z. George, US Senator from Mississippi.

George County is included in the Pascagoula, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is located near the Alabama state line.

History

George County was named after Senator James Z. George and was formed on 16 March 1910 from parts of land formerly included in Jackson and Greene Counties.[3]

The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad ran through Lucedale on its way to Mobile.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 484 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 479 square miles (1,240 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (1.0%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19106,599
19205,564−15.7%
19307,52335.2%
19408,70415.7%
195010,01215.0%
196011,09810.8%
197012,45912.3%
198015,92727.8%
199016,6734.7%
200019,14414.8%
201022,57817.9%
2018 (est.)24,250[5]7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

2020 census

George County racial composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 20,929 85.95%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,774 7.29%
Native American 85 0.35%
Asian 77 0.32%
Pacific Islander 1 0.0%
Other/Mixed 812 3.33%
Hispanic or Latino 672 2.76%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 24,350 people, 7,592 households, and 5,309 families residing in the county.

2000 census

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 19,144 people, 6,742 households, and 5,305 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (15/km2). There were 7,513 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.38% White, 8.82% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.84% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 1.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,742 households, out of which 38.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.00% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.30% were non-families. 19.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 29.20% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,730, and the median income for a family was $39,386. Males had a median income of $33,575 versus $20,542 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,337. About 13.00% of families and 16.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.80% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.


Politics

The county has gone solidly Republican in the last nine Presidential elections.[12] In past Presidential elections third-party candidates sometimes did well here. In 1968 George Wallace won the county with over 90 percent of the vote,[13] which was the second highest percentage he received in any county. In 1988 the county gave David Duke 4.21%, which was the highest percentage he received. In that election it also gave more support to Lenora Fulani than she received in most of the nation. In 2012, President Obama only received 14% of the vote, and Hillary Clinton received barely ten percent in 2016[14] In 2020, George County was only one of two counties that voted against replacing the state flag. The other was nearby Greene County.

The county is located in Mississippi's 4th congressional district, which has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+21 and is represented by Republican Steven Palazzo.

United States presidential election results for George County, Mississippi[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 9,713 87.91% 1,218 11.02% 118 1.07%
2016 8,696 87.92% 1,027 10.38% 168 1.70%
2012 8,376 84.98% 1,359 13.79% 121 1.23%
2008 7,700 82.49% 1,532 16.41% 103 1.10%
2004 6,223 77.78% 1,724 21.55% 54 0.67%
2000 5,143 70.61% 1,977 27.14% 164 2.25%
1996 3,311 55.71% 1,888 31.77% 744 12.52%
1992 4,141 43.55% 2,650 27.87% 2,718 28.58%
1988 4,545 58.40% 2,435 31.29% 802 10.31%
1984 4,346 72.10% 1,655 27.46% 27 0.45%
1980 3,052 51.45% 2,757 46.48% 123 2.07%
1976 1,957 37.43% 3,072 58.75% 200 3.82%
1972 3,979 92.90% 270 6.30% 34 0.79%
1968 171 3.91% 214 4.89% 3,992 91.20%
1964 2,797 92.04% 242 7.96% 0 0.00%
1960 310 14.97% 844 40.75% 917 44.28%
1956 403 24.26% 1,150 69.24% 108 6.50%
1952 603 30.86% 1,351 69.14% 0 0.00%
1948 25 2.14% 108 9.26% 1,033 88.59%
1944 92 8.05% 1,051 91.95% 0 0.00%
1940 38 3.87% 945 96.13% 0 0.00%
1936 24 2.61% 892 97.17% 2 0.22%
1932 19 2.25% 824 97.63% 1 0.12%
1928 369 52.34% 336 47.66% 0 0.00%
1924 68 11.93% 502 88.07% 0 0.00%
1920 56 16.67% 263 78.27% 17 5.06%
1916 32 7.96% 341 84.83% 29 7.21%
1912 5 1.72% 231 79.38% 55 18.90%


Communities

City

Census-designated places

Unincorporated places

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Mississippi Encyclopedia Staff (April 14, 2018) [2017]. "George County". Center for Study of Southern Culture. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Mississippi)
  13. ^ David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas Statistics for 1968
  14. ^ David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas Statistics for 1988
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 3, 2018.

Coordinates: 30°52′N 88°38′W / 30.87°N 88.64°W / 30.87; -88.64