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Leake County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Leake County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of USA MS
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833
Seat Carthage
Largest city Carthage
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

585 sq mi (1,515 km²)
583 sq mi (1,510 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.46%
 - (2000)
 - Density

36/sq mi (14/km²)

Leake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population is 20,940. Its county seat is Carthage6. The center of population of Mississippi is located in Leake County, in the town of Lena [1]. Leake County is named for Walter Leake, the Governor of Mississippi from 1822 to 1825.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,516 km² (585 sq mi). 1,509 km² (583 sq mi) of it is land and 7 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.46%) is water.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent CountiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,162
1850 5,533 155.9%
1860 9,324 68.5%
1870 8,496 −8.9%
1880 13,146 54.7%
1890 14,803 12.6%
1900 17,360 17.3%
1910 18,298 5.4%
1920 16,973 −7.2%
1930 21,803 28.5%
1940 24,570 12.7%
1950 21,610 −12.0%
1960 18,660 −13.7%
1970 17,085 −8.4%
1980 18,790 10.0%
1990 18,436 −1.9%
2000 20,940 13.6%
Est. 2006 22,769 8.7%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 20,940 people, 7,611 households, and 5,563 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (36/sq mi). There were 8,585 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (15/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 56.14% White, 37.42% Black or African American, 4.56% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 2.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,611 households out of which 34.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 16.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% 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 3.13.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 21.70% 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 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,055, and the median income for a family was $32,147. Males had a median income of $27,367 versus $18,307 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,365. About 18.10% of families and 23.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.90% of those under age 18 and 23.90% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 32°45′N 89°31′W / 32.75, -89.52

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