Lawrence County, Mississippi

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Lawrence County is a county
County (United States)
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 located in the U.S. state
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 of Mississippi
Mississippi
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. As of 2010, the population was 12,929. Its county seat
County seat
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 is Monticello
Monticello, Mississippi
Monticello is a town in Lawrence County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,726 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lawrence County.-Geography:Monticello is located at ....

. Lawrence County is named for the naval hero James Lawrence
James Lawrence
James Lawrence was an American naval officer. During the War of 1812, he commanded the USS Chesapeake in a single-ship action against HMS Shannon...

.

Geography


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 435.73 square miles (1,128.5 km²), of which 430.63 square miles (1,115.3 km²) (or 98.83%) is land and 5.11 square miles (13.2 km²) (or 1.17%) is water.

Major highways

  • U.S. Highway 84
  • Mississippi Highway 27
  • Mississippi Highway 43
    Mississippi Highway 43
    Mississippi Highway 43 generally runs north–south in three segments: the first from U.S. Highway 90 near Bay St. Louis to Mississippi Highway 13 south of Columbia, resuming at MS 13 in southern Jefferson Davis County to end near Mendenhall, and finally starting again at Mississippi Highway 18...

  • Mississippi Highway 44

Adjacent counties

  • Simpson County
    Simpson County, Mississippi
    -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 27,639 people, 10,076 households, and 7,385 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile . There were 11,307 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile...

     (northeast)
  • Jefferson Davis County
    Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi
    -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 13,962 people, 5,177 households, and 3,768 families residing in the county. The population density was 34 people per square mile . There were 5,891 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile...

     (east)
  • Marion County
    Marion County, Mississippi
    -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 25,595 people, 9,336 households, and 6,880 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile . There were 10,395 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile...

     (southeast)
  • Walthall County
    Walthall County, Mississippi
    -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 15,156 people, 5,571 households, and 4,111 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile . There were 6,418 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile...

     (south)
  • Lincoln County
    Lincoln County, Mississippi
    -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 33,166 people, 12,538 households, and 9,190 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile . There were 14,052 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile...

     (west)
  • Copiah County
    Copiah County, Mississippi
    As of the census of 2000, there were 28,757 people, 10,142 households, and 7,494 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile . There were 11,101 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile...

     (northwest)

Demographics


As of the census
Census
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of 2000, there were 13,258 people, 5,040 households, and 3,749 families residing in the county. The population density
Population density
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 was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 5,688 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.94% White
Race (United States Census)
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, 32.07% Black
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 or African American
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, 0.17% Native American
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, 0.27% Asian
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, 0.02% Pacific Islander
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, 0.09% from other races
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, and 0.44% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic
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 or Latino
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 of any race.

There were 5,040 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples
Marriage
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 living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.60% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 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 $28,495, and the median income for a family was $37,899. Males had a median income of $28,925 versus $18,707 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the county was $14,469. About 16.60% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.10% of those under age 18 and 19.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

  • Towns
    • Monticello
      Monticello, Mississippi
      Monticello is a town in Lawrence County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,726 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lawrence County.-Geography:Monticello is located at ....

    • New Hebron
      New Hebron, Mississippi
      New Hebron is a town in Lawrence County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 447 at the 2000 census.-Geography:New Hebron is located at ....

    • Silver Creek
      Silver Creek, Mississippi
      Silver Creek is a town in Lawrence County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 209 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Silver Creek is located at ....


  • Unincorporated places
    • Jayess
    • Nola
    • Oak Vale (partly in Jefferson Davis County)
    • Oma
    • Sontag
    • Wanilla

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