Pontotoc County
County of Pontotoc
Pontotoc County Courthouse in Pontotoc
Pontotoc County Courthouse in Pontotoc
Flag of Pontotoc County
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pontotoc 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°14′N 89°02′W / 34.23°N 89.04°W / 34.23; -89.04
Country United States
State Mississippi
Founded1836
Named forChickasaw word for the region meaning either "cattail prairie" "land of hanging grapes"
SeatPontotoc
Largest cityPontotoc
Area
 • Total501 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Land498 sq mi (1,290 km2)
 • Water3.3 sq mi (9 km2)  0.7%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total29,957
 • Estimate 
(2018)
31,833
 • Density60/sq mi (23/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitepontotoccoms.com

Pontotoc County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,957.[1] Its county seat is Pontotoc.[2] It was created on February 9, 1836, from lands ceded to the United States under the Chickasaw Cession. Pontotoc is a Chickasaw word meaning "land of hanging grapes". The original Natchez Trace and the current-day Natchez Trace Parkway both pass through the southeast corner of Pontotoc County.

Pontotoc County is part of the Tupelo, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 501 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 498 square miles (1,290 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (0.7%) is water.[3]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18404,491
185017,112281.0%
186022,11329.2%
187012,525−43.4%
188013,85810.6%
189014,9407.8%
190018,27422.3%
191019,6887.7%
192019,9621.4%
193022,03410.4%
194022,9043.9%
195019,994−12.7%
196017,232−13.8%
197017,3630.8%
198020,91820.5%
199022,2376.3%
200026,72620.2%
201029,95712.1%
2018 (est.)31,833[4]6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1] 2017[9]

2020 census

Pontotoc County Racial Composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White 23,859 76.51%
Black or African American 4,208 13.49%
Native American 56 0.18%
Asian 55 0.18%
Pacific Islander 5 0.02%
Other/Mixed 953 3.06%
Hispanic or Latino 2,048 6.57%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 31,184 people, 10,783 households, and 7,943 families residing in the county.

2000 census

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 26,726 people, 10,097 households, and 7,562 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km2). There were 10,816 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.40% White, 13.98% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.71% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 1.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to the census[11] of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in Pontotoc County were English 61.92%, Scots-Irish 15.1%, African 13.98% and Scottish 3%

There were 10,097 households, out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.60% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 29.50% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,055, and the median income for a family was $39,845. Males had a median income of $29,074 versus $21,350 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,658. About 10.20% of families and 13.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 23.30% of those age 65 or over.


Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Politics

United States presidential election results for Pontotoc County, Mississippi[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 11,550 80.43% 2,614 18.20% 197 1.37%
2016 10,336 79.61% 2,386 18.38% 262 2.02%
2012 9,448 76.13% 2,804 22.59% 159 1.28%
2008 9,727 75.59% 2,982 23.17% 159 1.24%
2004 8,480 75.44% 2,660 23.67% 100 0.89%
2000 6,601 69.41% 2,771 29.14% 138 1.45%
1996 4,289 55.64% 2,597 33.69% 823 10.68%
1992 4,595 54.92% 2,965 35.44% 806 9.63%
1988 4,939 63.81% 2,772 35.81% 29 0.37%
1984 5,182 67.80% 2,434 31.85% 27 0.35%
1980 3,198 40.99% 4,499 57.66% 105 1.35%
1976 2,245 34.59% 4,066 62.64% 180 2.77%
1972 4,476 89.45% 488 9.75% 40 0.80%
1968 733 11.96% 599 9.77% 4,798 78.27%
1964 2,699 79.36% 702 20.64% 0 0.00%
1960 328 12.13% 1,584 58.58% 792 29.29%
1956 335 11.91% 2,320 82.50% 157 5.58%
1952 648 22.12% 2,281 77.88% 0 0.00%
1948 28 1.46% 348 18.17% 1,539 80.37%
1944 87 4.83% 1,716 95.17% 0 0.00%
1940 70 3.12% 2,171 96.75% 3 0.13%
1936 93 3.89% 2,286 95.73% 9 0.38%
1932 31 1.63% 1,862 98.00% 7 0.37%
1928 261 14.52% 1,537 85.48% 0 0.00%
1924 86 6.66% 1,206 93.34% 0 0.00%
1920 439 30.32% 992 68.51% 17 1.17%
1916 110 7.71% 1,314 92.08% 3 0.21%
1912 47 3.98% 1,009 85.44% 125 10.58%


See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 15, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "QuickFacts. Pontotoc County, Mississippi". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 5, 2018.

Coordinates: 34°14′N 89°02′W / 34.23°N 89.04°W / 34.23; -89.04