Itawamba County
Itawamba County Courthouse in Fulton
Itawamba County Courthouse in Fulton
Map of Mississippi highlighting Itawamba County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°17′N 88°22′W / 34.28°N 88.36°W / 34.28; -88.36
Country United States
State Mississippi
Founded1836
Named forLevi Colbert (Itawamba)
SeatFulton
Largest cityFulton
Area
 • Total540 sq mi (1,400 km2)
 • Land533 sq mi (1,380 km2)
 • Water7.7 sq mi (20 km2)  1.4%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total23,401
 • Estimate 
(2018)
23,517
 • Density44.1/sq mi (17.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websiteitawambacoms.com

Itawamba County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 23,401.[1] Its county seat is Fulton.[2] The county is part of the Tupelo, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The county was named for the Chickasaw leader Itawamba, known to English-speaking settlers as Levi Colbert.[3] He was prominent during the Indian Removal period of the early 19th century, but died before his people left the area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 540 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 533 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 7.7 square miles (20 km2) (1.4%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18405,375
185013,528151.7%
186017,69530.8%
18707,812−55.9%
188010,66336.5%
189011,7089.8%
190013,54415.7%
191014,5267.3%
192015,6477.7%
193018,22516.5%
194019,9229.3%
195017,216−13.6%
196015,080−12.4%
197016,84711.7%
198020,51821.8%
199020,017−2.4%
200022,77013.8%
201023,4012.8%
2018 (est.)23,517[5]0.5%
US Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1] 2017[10]

2020 census

Itawamba County racial composition[11]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 21,129 88.54%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,623 6.8%
Native American 51 0.21%
Asian 50 0.21%
Other/Mixed 626 2.62%
Hispanic or Latino 384 1.61%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 23,863 people, 8,653 households, and 6,207 families residing in the county.

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States Census,[12] there were 22,770 people, 8,773 households, and 6,500 families in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km2). There were 9,804 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.47% White, 6.47% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2000, there were 8,773 households, out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.95.

The county population contained 24.20% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,156, and the median income for a family was $36,793. Males had a median income of $29,231 versus $20,900 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,956. About 10.10% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 23.60% of those age 65 or over.


Communities

Itawamba County, Mississippi
Itawamba County, Mississippi

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Notable people

Politics

United States presidential election results for Itawamba County, Mississippi[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 9,438 87.24% 1,249 11.54% 132 1.22%
2016 8,470 86.99% 1,117 11.47% 150 1.54%
2012 7,393 79.34% 1,706 18.31% 219 2.35%
2008 7,663 77.01% 2,084 20.94% 204 2.05%
2004 6,833 70.34% 2,802 28.84% 79 0.81%
2000 5,424 63.33% 2,994 34.96% 146 1.70%
1996 3,490 48.22% 2,987 41.27% 760 10.50%
1992 4,142 47.54% 3,635 41.72% 936 10.74%
1988 4,535 58.95% 3,143 40.86% 15 0.19%
1984 4,587 62.96% 2,674 36.71% 24 0.33%
1980 2,906 37.00% 4,852 61.79% 95 1.21%
1976 2,153 32.11% 4,480 66.82% 72 1.07%
1972 4,419 89.20% 509 10.27% 26 0.52%
1968 569 9.19% 417 6.74% 5,204 84.07%
1964 2,140 65.50% 1,127 34.50% 0 0.00%
1960 366 13.21% 1,752 63.23% 653 23.57%
1956 298 11.18% 2,310 86.68% 57 2.14%
1952 556 19.91% 2,236 80.09% 0 0.00%
1948 50 2.88% 634 36.54% 1,051 60.58%
1944 183 11.94% 1,350 88.06% 0 0.00%
1940 119 6.77% 1,627 92.55% 12 0.68%
1936 47 3.11% 1,465 96.89% 0 0.00%
1932 40 2.11% 1,851 97.68% 4 0.21%
1928 331 27.93% 854 72.07% 0 0.00%
1924 62 6.53% 888 93.47% 0 0.00%
1920 198 16.18% 1,023 83.58% 3 0.25%
1916 184 11.56% 1,407 88.38% 1 0.06%
1912 24 2.35% 914 89.35% 85 8.31%


Civil Rights

The County holds an annual Civil Rights march and speaker series in January on/around the celebration of MLK day. MLK Day Celebration The county was the site of the 2010 Itawamba County School District prom controversy when a lesbian student, Constance McMillen, from Fulton, had attempted to bring her partner to prom. The matter went to court, with the ACLU representing McMillen. On July 20, 2010, the school district settled the case out of court by paying McMillen US$ 35,000 (equivalent to $41,537 in 2020), paying her attorneys' fees, and agreeing to create a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US 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. ^ Baca, Keith A. (2007). Native American Place Names in Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-60473-483-6.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "QuickFacts. Itawamba County, Mississippi". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  12. ^ "US Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 5, 2018.


Coordinates: 34°17′N 88°22′W / 34.28°N 88.36°W / 34.28; -88.36