Issaquena County, Mississippi

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Issaquena County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Issaquena County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of USA MS
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1844
Seat Mayersville
Largest Town Mayersville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

441 sq mi (1,142 km²)
413 sq mi (1,070 km²)
28 sq mi (73 km²), 6.41%
 - (2000)
 - Density

5/sq mi (2/km²)

Issaquena County is a county located in the Mississippi Delta region of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population is 2,274. In population, it is the smallest county in Mississippi. Its county seat is Mayersville6. Issaquena is a Native American word which means Deer River.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,143 km² (441 sq mi). 1,070 km² (413 sq mi) of it is land and 73 km² (28 sq mi) of it (6.41%) is water.

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As of the census2 of 2000, there were 2,274 people, 726 households, and 509 families residing in the county. The population density was 2/km² (6/sq mi). There were 877 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (2/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 36.32% White, 62.75% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.22% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 4,478
1860 7,831 74.9%
1870 6,887 −12.1%
1880 10,004 45.3%
1890 12,318 23.1%
1900 10,400 −15.6%
1910 10,560 1.5%
1920 7,618 −27.9%
1930 5,734 −24.7%
1940 6,433 12.2%
1950 4,966 −22.8%
1960 3,576 −28.0%
1970 2,737 −23.5%
1980 2,513 −8.2%
1990 1,909 −24.0%
2000 2,274 19.1%
Est. 2006 1,805 −20.6%

There were 726 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.60% were married couples living together, 16.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 26.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 10.90% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 19.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 113.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 130.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $19,936, and the median income for a family was $23,913. Males had a median income of $23,167 versus $17,115 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,581. About 25.90% of families and 33.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.20% of those under age 18 and 41.00% of those age 65 or over.

Issaquena County has the second lowest per capita income in Mississippi and the 36th lowest in the United States.

Of Note: Just before the Civil War, Issaquena County had the highest concentration of slaves at 92.5%. 115 owners held 7,244 slaves.



There are no schools located in Issaquena County. Students attend campuses in neighboring Sharkey and Washington counties.

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Coordinates: 32°44′N 90°59′W / 32.74, -90.99

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