Smith County
Smith County courthouse in Raleigh
Smith County courthouse in Raleigh
Map of Mississippi highlighting Smith County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°01′N 89°30′W / 32.02°N 89.5°W / 32.02; -89.5
Country United States
State Mississippi
Founded1833
Named forDavid Smith
SeatRaleigh
Largest townRaleigh
Area
 • Total637 sq mi (1,650 km2)
 • Land636 sq mi (1,650 km2)
 • Water1.0 sq mi (3 km2)  0.2%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total16,491
 • Estimate 
(2018)
16,002
 • Density26/sq mi (10.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.visitsmithcountyms.org

Smith County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,491.[1] Its county seat is Raleigh.[2] Smith County is a prohibition or dry county.

History

Smith County is named for Major David Smith.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 637 square miles (1,650 km2), of which 636 square miles (1,650 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.[3]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18401,961
18504,071107.6%
18607,63887.6%
18707,126−6.7%
18808,08813.5%
189010,63531.5%
190013,05522.8%
191016,60327.2%
192016,178−2.6%
193018,40513.8%
194019,4035.4%
195016,740−13.7%
196014,303−14.6%
197013,561−5.2%
198015,07711.2%
199014,798−1.9%
200016,1829.4%
201016,4911.9%
2018 (est.)16,002[4]−3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

2020 census

Smith County racial composition[9]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 10,582 74.47%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,111 21.89%
Native American 20 0.14%
Asian 19 0.13%
Other/Mixed 279 1.96%
Hispanic or Latino 198 1.39%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,209 people, 5,820 households, and 4,109 families residing in the county.

2000 census

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 16,182 people, 6,046 households, and 4,558 families living in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 7,005 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km2).

The racial makeup of the county was 76.11% White, 23.11% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,046 households, out of which 35.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 23.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.60% 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 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.50% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,840, and the median income for a family was $36,780. Males had a median income of $28,698 versus $20,154 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,752. About 12.90% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 23.70% of those age 65 or over.


Communities

Towns

Village

Politics

United States presidential election results for Smith County, Mississippi[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 6,458 77.55% 1,791 21.51% 78 0.94%
2016 5,928 77.72% 1,617 21.20% 82 1.08%
2012 6,049 74.69% 1,979 24.44% 71 0.88%
2008 6,265 75.44% 1,968 23.70% 72 0.87%
2004 5,577 78.33% 1,496 21.01% 47 0.66%
2000 4,838 74.11% 1,620 24.82% 70 1.07%
1996 3,371 58.47% 1,858 32.23% 536 9.30%
1992 4,106 60.49% 1,968 28.99% 714 10.52%
1988 4,573 72.76% 1,660 26.41% 52 0.83%
1984 5,116 76.24% 1,573 23.44% 21 0.31%
1980 3,772 59.50% 2,474 39.02% 94 1.48%
1976 3,147 54.75% 2,434 42.35% 167 2.91%
1972 4,419 92.35% 329 6.88% 37 0.77%
1968 437 8.48% 352 6.83% 4,367 84.70%
1964 4,045 94.44% 238 5.56% 0 0.00%
1960 353 11.98% 1,568 53.22% 1,025 34.79%
1956 277 10.89% 2,055 80.81% 211 8.30%
1952 738 24.39% 2,288 75.61% 0 0.00%
1948 33 1.48% 295 13.23% 1,901 85.28%
1944 165 6.30% 2,456 93.70% 0 0.00%
1940 27 1.46% 1,826 98.49% 1 0.05%
1936 17 1.00% 1,676 98.94% 1 0.06%
1932 17 1.07% 1,576 98.81% 2 0.13%
1928 419 22.42% 1,450 77.58% 0 0.00%
1924 49 4.22% 1,081 93.11% 31 2.67%
1920 265 21.10% 968 77.07% 23 1.83%
1916 30 2.28% 1,271 96.51% 16 1.21%
1912 12 1.31% 854 93.13% 51 5.56%


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 in Smith County, Mississippi, uselectionatlas.org; accessed December 5, 2017.

Coordinates: 32°01′N 89°30′W / 32.02°N 89.50°W / 32.02; -89.50