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Marion County, Mississippi
Marion County Mississippi Courthouse.jpg
Marion County courthouse in Columbia, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Marion County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the U.S. highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1811
Seat Columbia
Largest city Columbia
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

548.58 sq mi (1,421 km²)
542.34 sq mi (1,405 km²)
6.24 sq mi (16 km²), 1.14%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

27,088
47/sq mi (18/km²)

Marion County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 27,088. Its county seat is Columbia.[1] Marion County is named for American Revolutionary War guerrilla leader Francis Marion.

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 548.58 square miles (1,420.8 km2), of which 542.34 square miles (1,404.7 km2) (or 98.86%) is land and 6.24 square miles (16.2 km2) (or 1.14%) is water.[2]

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 3,116
1830 3,691 18.5%
1840 3,830 3.8%
1850 4,410 15.1%
1860 4,686 6.3%
1870 4,211 −10.1%
1880 6,901 63.9%
1890 9,532 38.1%
1900 13,501 41.6%
1910 15,599 15.5%
1920 17,144 9.9%
1930 19,923 16.2%
1940 24,085 20.9%
1950 23,967 −0.5%
1960 23,293 −2.8%
1970 22,871 −1.8%
1980 25,708 12.4%
1990 25,544 −0.6%
2000 25,595 0.2%
2010 27,088 5.8%
MS Counties 1900-1990
GeoHive - 2000 & 2010 statistics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 25,595 people, 9,336 households, and 6,880 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 10,395 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.96% White, 31.87% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,336 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.00% were married couples living together, 15.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.30% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,555, and the median income for a family was $29,894. Males had a median income of $26,909 versus $17,192 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,301. About 20.70% of families and 24.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.60% of those under age 18 and 23.00% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit | edit source]

The Mississippi Department of Human Services's Division of Youth Services operated the Columbia Training School in unincorporated Marion County.[4][5]

Communities[edit | edit source]

City[edit | edit source]

Unincorporated communities[edit | edit source]

Notable natives and residents[edit | edit source]

  • Earl W. Bascom (1916-1995), "Father of Modern Rodeo" and Hall of Fame cowboy, produced Marion County's first rodeo in 1935

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Coordinates: 31°14′N 89°49′W / 31.23, -89.82


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