Prentiss County, Mississippi
Infobox U.S. County
county = Prentiss County
state = Mississippi
map size = 150
founded = 1870
seat = Booneville | largest city = Booneville | area_total_sq_mi =418
area percentage = 0.79%
census yr = 2000
pop = 25556
Prentiss County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Mississippi. As of 2000, the population was 25,556. Its county seatis BoonevilleGR|6. Prentiss County is named for Seargent Smith Prentiss, a famous speaker and debater from Natchez, MS. (Seargent is his first name, not a military title)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 418
square miles (1,083 km²), of which, 415 square miles (1,075 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (9 km²) of it (0.79%) is water.
Natchez Trace Parkway(part)
footnote= [http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ms190090.txt MS Counties 1900-1990]
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 25,556 people, 9,821 households, and 7,169 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 62 people per square mile (24/km²). There were 10,681 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). 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 incomefor 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.
* [http://www.prentissvoice.com Prentiss County Voice]
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