|Kemper County, Mississippi|
Location in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Reuben Kemper|
|Largest Town||De Kalb|
767 sq mi (1,987 km²)
766 sq mi (1,984 km²)
0.8 sq mi (2 km²), 0.1%
14/sq mi (5/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Kemper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,456. Its county seat is De Kalb. The county is named in honor of Reuben Kemper.
In 1934, three African American defendants from Kemper County were forced to confess to murder after being repeatedly whipped. In Brown v. Mississippi, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled the forced confessions were inadmissible.
- Noxubee County (north)
- Sumter County, Alabama (east)
- Lauderdale County (south)
- Neshoba County (west)
- Winston County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,456 people residing in the county. 60.1% were Black or African American, 35.3% White, 3.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% of some other race and 0.7% of two or more races. 0.5% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,453 people, 3,909 households, and 2,787 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,533 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 39.03% White, 58.13% Black or African American, 2.06% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,909 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.70% were married couples living together, 20.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 26.40% 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 2.57 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 12.50% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $23,998, and the median income for a family was $30,248. Males had a median income of $24,431 versus $18,199 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,985. About 21.20% of families and 26.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.30% of those under age 18 and 26.70% of those age 65 or over.
Kemper County is within the service area of the East Mississippi Community College system. The main campus of EMCC, including the college system's administrative headquarters, is in the Scooba Campus in Scooba.
Electric power plantEdit
In 2010, the Mississippi Public Service Commission approved the construction of a lignite coal plant in Kemper County that would be financed by customers in twenty-three southeastern Mississippi counties being served by Mississippi Power Company. The plant drew strong opposition from former Republican State Chairman Clarke Reed of Greenville, who favored a less-expensive natural gas-fueled plant. Reed called the project "...a horrible thing", and thought it would be a political issue that could be used against Republicans for years.
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- Kemper County Courthouse Pictures
- Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia, Inc.
- Kemper County Sheriff
|Winston County||Noxubee County|
|Neshoba County||Sumter County, Alabama|
Kemper County, Mississippi
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