Stone County
Stone County Courthouse in Wiggins
Stone County Courthouse in Wiggins
Map of Mississippi highlighting Stone 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°47′N 89°07′W / 30.79°N 89.12°W / 30.79; -89.12
Country United States
State Mississippi
Founded1916
Named forJohn M. Stone
SeatWiggins
Largest cityWiggins
Area
 • Total448 sq mi (1,160 km2)
 • Land445 sq mi (1,150 km2)
 • Water2.6 sq mi (7 km2)  0.6%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total17,786
 • Estimate 
(2018)
18,717
 • Density40/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.stonecountyms.gov

Stone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,786.[1] Its county seat is Wiggins.[2] Stone County was formed from the northern portion of Harrison County on June 5, 1916.[3] The county was named for John M. Stone, who served as Governor of Mississippi from 1876 to 1882 and again from 1890 to 1896.

Stone County is included in the Gulfport-Biloxi, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1918, the Stone County Courthouse was completed at a cost of $29,515.18,[4] and is still in use today, after several renovations.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 448 square miles (1,160 km2), of which 445 square miles (1,150 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) (0.6%) is water.[5]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19206,528
19305,704−12.6%
19406,1557.9%
19506,2641.8%
19607,01312.0%
19708,10115.5%
19809,71619.9%
199010,75010.6%
200013,62226.7%
201017,78630.6%
2018 (est.)18,717[7]5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

2020 census

Stone County Racial Composition[12]
Race Num. Perc.
White 13,822 75.39%
Black or African American 3,239 17.67%
Native American 79 0.43%
Asian 89 0.49%
Pacific Islander 9 0.05%
Other/Mixed 651 3.55%
Hispanic or Latino 444 2.42%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 18,333 people, 6,334 households, and 4,560 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the census[13] of 2010, there were 17,786 people, 6,165 households, and 4,539 families residing in the county. The population density was 39.9 people per square mile (15.33/km2). There were 7,161 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.6% White, 19.1% Black or African American, with 2.3% being of other racial categories. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

31.5% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male household with no wife present, and 26.4% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.13.

24.4% were under the age of 18, 29.4% were under the age of 20, 32.3% from 20 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.9 years. 50.1% of the population was male, and 49.9% was female.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,862, and the median family income was $48,083. Males had a median income of $42,773 versus $31,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,806. About 14.1% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.9% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.

circa 1920
2010
Stone County Courthouse. Photos taken from Cavers Avenue, Wiggins, Mississippi.


Arts and culture

On April 25, during the 2012 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature, Concurrent Resolution 643 was adopted by the state Senate and state House of Representatives, stating that Stone County be named and declared the Mural County of Mississippi.[14] During the previous 8 years, a Telling Trees Project was developed in Stone County to document and celebrate Stone County's history and heritage. As part of that project, 23 murals, in the form of paintings and mosaic tiles, were created in cooperation with the Art Department, Perkinston campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and are on public display throughout the county. The murals tell visual stories of Stone County's ecosystems, people, landmarks, and industries.[15]

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Education

Public school districts

Colleges

Politics

United States presidential election results for Stone County, Mississippi[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 5,964 75.70% 1,802 22.87% 112 1.42%
2016 5,306 75.32% 1,573 22.33% 166 2.36%
2012 5,420 71.96% 2,003 26.59% 109 1.45%
2008 5,149 71.06% 1,996 27.55% 101 1.39%
2004 4,146 72.29% 1,528 26.64% 61 1.06%
2000 3,702 67.03% 1,677 30.36% 144 2.61%
1996 2,288 53.45% 1,551 36.23% 442 10.32%
1992 2,295 54.53% 1,447 34.38% 467 11.10%
1988 3,007 66.84% 1,452 32.27% 40 0.89%
1984 2,980 71.07% 1,185 28.26% 28 0.67%
1980 1,888 49.21% 1,821 47.46% 128 3.34%
1976 1,575 48.05% 1,648 50.27% 55 1.68%
1972 2,467 88.49% 293 10.51% 28 1.00%
1968 258 9.51% 314 11.58% 2,140 78.91%
1964 1,776 90.84% 179 9.16% 0 0.00%
1960 275 19.15% 343 23.89% 818 56.96%
1956 293 25.09% 761 65.15% 114 9.76%
1952 569 37.09% 965 62.91% 0 0.00%
1948 17 1.51% 50 4.45% 1,056 94.03%
1944 43 4.17% 989 95.83% 0 0.00%
1940 28 3.37% 802 96.63% 0 0.00%
1936 23 3.29% 675 96.43% 2 0.29%
1932 32 6.99% 424 92.58% 2 0.44%
1928 436 62.82% 258 37.18% 0 0.00%
1924 56 11.97% 412 88.03% 0 0.00%
1920 16 5.00% 299 93.44% 5 1.56%
1916 31 6.37% 451 92.61% 5 1.03%


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. ^ A History of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Archived 2006-09-08 at the Wayback Machine accessed 1 January 2007.
  4. ^ Stone County Archived 2009-02-11 at the Wayback Machine accessed 18 February 2010.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Sweetbay Bogs Preserve | The Nature Conservancy". www.nature.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  14. ^ Mississippi Senate Concurrent Resolution 643 Retrieved May 3, 2012
  15. ^ Nicole Dow. 2012. Stone County named state's mural county.Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), Vol. 128, No, 213, page 2A, May 3, 2012.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 17, 2018.

Coordinates: 30°47′N 89°07′W / 30.79°N 89.12°W / 30.79; -89.12