Simpson County
Simpson County courthouse in Mendenhall
Simpson County courthouse in Mendenhall
Map of Mississippi highlighting Simpson County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 31°55′N 89°55′W / 31.92°N 89.92°W / 31.92; -89.92
Country United States
State Mississippi
Founded1824
Named forJosiah Simpson
SeatMendenhall
Largest cityMagee
Area
 • Total590 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Land589 sq mi (1,530 km2)
 • Water1.3 sq mi (3 km2)  0.2%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total27,503
 • Estimate 
(2018)
26,758
 • Density47/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd

Simpson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Its western border is formed by the Pearl River, an important transportation route in the 19th century. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,503.[1] The county seat is Mendenhall.[2] The county is named for Judge Josiah Simpson.

Simpson County is part of the Jackson, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Spencer Myrick, a politician who has served in both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature, and his brother, Bill, a country music figure in Odessa, Texas, were born in Simpson County. They were reared in West Carroll Parish in northeastern Louisiana.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 590 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 589 square miles (1,530 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.2%) is water.[3]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18302,680
18403,38026.1%
18504,73440.1%
18606,08028.4%
18705,718−6.0%
18808,00840.0%
189010,13826.6%
190012,80026.3%
191017,20134.4%
192018,1095.3%
193020,89715.4%
194022,0245.4%
195021,819−0.9%
196020,454−6.3%
197019,947−2.5%
198023,44117.5%
199023,9532.2%
200027,63915.4%
201027,503−0.5%
2018 (est.)26,758[4]−2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

2020 census

Simpson County racial composition[9]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 15,928 61.38%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 8,803 33.92%
Native American 36 0.14%
Asian 84 0.32%
Pacific Islander 2 0.01%
Other/Mixed 710 2.74%
Hispanic or Latino 386 1.49%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 25,949 people, 9,486 households, and 6,617 families residing in the county.

2000 census

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 27,639 people, 10,076 households, and 7,385 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile (18/km2). There were 11,307 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 64.39% White, 34.31% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,076 households, out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 14.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.00% 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 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.90% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,343, and the median income for a family was $32,797. Males had a median income of $27,197 versus $20,136 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,344. About 17.50% of families and 21.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.70% of those under age 18 and 21.00% of those age 65 or over.


Communities

Cities

Town

Village

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

Politics

United States presidential election results for Simpson County, Mississippi[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 7,635 64.62% 4,037 34.17% 143 1.21%
2016 7,393 64.74% 3,874 33.93% 152 1.33%
2012 7,424 60.61% 4,723 38.56% 102 0.83%
2008 7,641 60.59% 4,817 38.20% 152 1.21%
2004 7,138 68.15% 3,272 31.24% 64 0.61%
2000 6,254 65.32% 3,227 33.71% 93 0.97%
1996 4,455 56.56% 2,851 36.19% 571 7.25%
1992 5,358 57.45% 3,213 34.45% 755 8.10%
1988 6,151 66.69% 3,016 32.70% 56 0.61%
1984 5,983 67.04% 2,894 32.43% 47 0.53%
1980 5,190 55.60% 4,015 43.01% 129 1.38%
1976 4,291 53.91% 3,600 45.23% 69 0.87%
1972 5,669 85.87% 871 13.19% 62 0.94%
1968 875 12.47% 1,079 15.37% 5,064 72.16%
1964 4,949 94.81% 271 5.19% 0 0.00%
1960 606 18.89% 1,034 32.23% 1,568 48.88%
1956 467 14.64% 2,140 67.11% 582 18.25%
1952 878 24.09% 2,767 75.91% 0 0.00%
1948 59 2.29% 171 6.65% 2,342 91.06%
1944 78 3.06% 2,470 96.94% 0 0.00%
1940 40 1.70% 2,316 98.26% 1 0.04%
1936 48 1.92% 2,445 98.04% 1 0.04%
1932 47 2.36% 1,941 97.59% 1 0.05%
1928 231 10.88% 1,893 89.12% 0 0.00%
1924 100 6.15% 1,518 93.42% 7 0.43%
1920 109 10.63% 902 88.00% 14 1.37%
1916 34 3.38% 966 96.02% 6 0.60%
1912 19 2.79% 606 88.86% 57 8.36%


See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. 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 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Presidential Elections Results, uselectionatlas.org; accessed December 6, 2017.

Coordinates: 31°55′N 89°55′W / 31.92°N 89.92°W / 31.92; -89.92