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Clarke County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Clarke County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of USA MS
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1812
Seat Quitman
Largest city Quitman
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

693 sq mi (1,795 km²)
691 sq mi (1,790 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.31%
 - (2000)
 - Density

26/sq mi (10/km²)

Clarke County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population is 17,955. Its county seat is Quitman6. Clarke County is named for the first Mississippi state chancellor and judge Joshua G. Clarke.

The county is part of the Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,796 km² (693 sq mi). 1,790 km² (691 sq mi) of it is land and 6 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.31%) is water.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent CountiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,986
1850 5,477 83.4%
1860 10,771 96.7%
1870 7,505 −30.3%
1880 15,021 100.1%
1890 15,826 5.4%
1900 17,741 12.1%
1910 21,630 21.9%
1920 17,927 −17.1%
1930 19,679 9.8%
1940 20,596 4.7%
1950 19,362 −6.0%
1960 16,493 −14.8%
1970 15,049 −8.8%
1980 16,945 12.6%
1990 17,313 2.2%
2000 17,955 3.7%
Est. 2006 17,631 −1.8%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,955 people, 6,978 households, and 5,024 families residing in the county. The population density was 10/km² (26/sq mi). There were 8,100 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (12/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 64.49% White, 34.81% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.30% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,978 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% were married couples living together, 15.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,610, and the median income for a family was $33,396. Males had a median income of $27,580 versus $19,402 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,288. About 18.80% of families and 23.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.50% of those under age 18 and 24.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities Edit

See alsoEdit

Coordinates: 32°02′N 88°41′W / 32.04, -88.69

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