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Smith County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Smith County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of USA MS
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833
Seat Raleigh
Largest Town Taylorsville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

637 sq mi (1,650 km²)
636 sq mi (1,647 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.22%
 - (2000)
 - Density

26/sq mi (10/km²)

Smith County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population is 16,182. Its county seat is Raleigh6. Smith County is named for Major David Smith.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,651 km² (637 sq mi). 1,647 km² (636 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.22%) is water.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent CountiesEdit


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 16,182 people, 6,046 households, and 4,558 families residing in the county. The population density was 10/km² (25/sq mi). There were 7,005 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (11/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 76.11% White, 23.11% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,961
1850 4,071 107.6%
1860 7,638 87.6%
1870 7,126 −6.7%
1880 8,088 13.5%
1890 10,635 31.5%
1900 13,055 22.8%
1910 16,603 27.2%
1920 16,178 −2.6%
1930 18,405 13.8%
1940 19,403 5.4%
1950 16,740 −13.7%
1960 14,303 −14.6%
1970 13,561 −5.2%
1980 15,077 11.2%
1990 14,798 −1.9%
2000 16,182 9.4%
Est. 2006 15,970 −1.3%

There were 6,046 households out of which 35.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 23.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% 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 27.50% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,840, and the median income for a family was $36,780. Males had a median income of $28,698 versus $20,154 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,752. About 12.90% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 23.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities Edit

See also Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 32°01′N 89°30′W / 32.02, -89.50

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