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Prentiss County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Prentiss County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of USA MS
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1870
Seat Booneville
Largest city Booneville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

418 sq mi (1,083 km²)
415 sq mi (1,075 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.79%
 - (2000)
 - Density

62/sq mi (24/km²)

Prentiss County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population was 25,556. Its county seat is Booneville6. Prentiss County is named for Smith Prentiss, a famous speaker and debater.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,083 km² (418 sq mi). 1,075 km² (415 sq mi) of it is land and 9 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.79%) is water.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent CountiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 9,348
1880 12,158 30.1%
1890 13,679 12.5%
1900 15,788 15.4%
1910 16,931 7.2%
1920 17,606 4.0%
1930 19,265 9.4%
1940 20,921 8.6%
1950 19,810 −5.3%
1960 17,949 −9.4%
1970 20,133 12.2%
1980 24,025 19.3%
1990 23,278 −3.1%
2000 25,556 9.8%
Est. 2006 25,615 0.2%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 25,556 people, 9,821 households, and 7,169 families residing in the county. The population density was 24/km² (62/sq mi). There were 10,681 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (26/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 85.85% White, 12.94% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

By 2005 the African-American population had risen to constitute 14% of the county's population.

In 2000 there were 9,821 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 11.60% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,446, and the median income for a family was $35,125. Males had a median income of $26,862 versus $19,766 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,131. About 13.10% of families and 16.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 22.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities Edit

See alsoEdit

Coordinates: 34°37′N 88°31′W / 34.61, -88.52

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