Chickasaw County, Mississippi

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Chickasaw County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Chickasaw County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of USA MS
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Seat Houston and Okolona
Largest city Houston
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

504 sq mi (1,305 km²)
502 sq mi (1,300 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.54%
 - (2000)
 - Density

39/sq mi (15/km²)

Chickasaw County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population was 19,440. Its county seats are Houston and Okolona6. Chickasaw county is named for the Chickasaw Native Americans.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,306 km² (504 sq mi). 1,299 km² (502 sq mi) of it is land and 7 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.54%) is water.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent CountiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,955
1850 16,369 453.9%
1860 16,426 0.3%
1870 19,899 21.1%
1880 17,905 −10.0%
1890 19,891 11.1%
1900 19,892 0%
1910 22,846 14.9%
1920 22,212 −2.8%
1930 20,835 −6.2%
1940 21,427 2.8%
1950 18,951 −11.6%
1960 16,891 −10.9%
1970 16,805 −0.5%
1980 17,853 6.2%
1990 18,085 1.3%
2000 19,440 7.5%
Est. 2006 18,998 −2.3%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 19,440 people, 7,253 households, and 5,287 families residing in the county. The population density was 15/km² (39/sq mi). There were 7,981 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 56.89% White, 41.26% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 2.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,253 households out of which 36.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.80% were married couples living together, 18.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% 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 3.17.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.60% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,364, and the median income for a family was $33,819. Males had a median income of $25,459 versus $20,099 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,279. About 16.80% of families and 20.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.90% of those under age 18 and 22.40% of those age 65 or over.

Famous citizensEdit

Chickasaw County was the birthplace of singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry, and served as the setting and inspiration for many of her songs, including her biggest hit "Ode to Billy Joe".

William Raspberry (b. Okolona, Mississippi, October 12, 1935) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated American public affairs columnist.

Communities Edit

Coordinates: 33°55′N 88°57′W / 33.92, -88.95

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