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Jackson County, Mississippi
Jackson County MS Courthouse Sept 2012 02.jpg
The Jackson County Courthouse in Pascagoula
Seal of Jackson County, Mississippi
Seal
Map of Mississippi highlighting Jackson County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the U.S. highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1812
Named for Andrew Jackson
Seat Pascagoula
Largest city Pascagoula
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,043 sq mi (2,701 km²)
723 sq mi (1,873 km²)
321 sq mi (831 km²), 31
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

143,252
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.jackson.ms.us

Jackson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2020 census, the population was 143,252,[1] making it the fifth-most populous county in Mississippi. Its county seat is Pascagoula.[2] The county was named for Andrew Jackson, general in the United States Army and afterward President of the United States.[3]

Jackson County is included in the Pascagoula, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located at the southeastern tip of the state. The county has sandy soil and is in the Piney Woods area. It borders the state of Alabama on its east side.

The county was severely damaged by both Hurricane Camille in August 1969 and Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, which caused catastrophic effects.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,043 square miles (2,700 km2), of which 723 square miles (1,870 km2) is land and 321 square miles (830 km2) (31%) is water.[4] It is the largest county in Mississippi by total area.

Major highways[]

  • I-10.svg Interstate 10
  • US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90
  • Circle sign 57.svg Mississippi Highway 57
  • Circle sign 63.svg Mississippi Highway 63
  • Circle sign 609.svg Mississippi Highway 609
  • Circle sign 611.svg Mississippi Highway 611
  • Circle sign 613.svg Mississippi Highway 613
  • Circle sign 614.svg Mississippi Highway 614

Adjacent counties[]

National protected areas[]

  • De Soto National Forest (part)
  • Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore (part)
  • Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 1,682
1830 1,792 6.5%
1840 1,965 9.7%
1850 3,196 62.6%
1860 4,122 29.0%
1870 4,362 5.8%
1880 7,607 74.4%
1890 11,251 47.9%
1900 16,513 46.8%
1910 15,451 −6.4%
1920 19,208 24.3%
1930 15,973 −16.8%
1940 20,601 29.0%
1950 31,401 52.4%
1960 55,522 76.8%
1970 87,975 58.5%
1980 118,015 34.1%
1990 115,243 −2.3%
2000 131,420 14.0%
2010 139,668 6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[1]

2020 census[]

Jackson County racial composition[9]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 92,881 64.84%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 29,713 20.74%
Native American 572 0.4%
Asian 3,173 2.21%
Pacific Islander 91 0.06%
Other/Mixed 6,772 4.73%
Hispanic or Latino 10,050 7.02%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 143,252 people, 56,323 households, and 38,007 families residing in the county.

2000 census[]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 131,420 people, 47,676 households, and 35,709 families residing in the county. The population density was 181 people per square mile (70/km2). There were 51,678 housing units at an average density of 71 per square mile (27/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 75.35% White, 20.87% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.57% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 2.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 47,676 households, out of which 37.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 14.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 20.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.70% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,118, and the median income for a family was $45,091. Males had a median income of $32,996 versus $22,770 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,768. About 10.50% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 12.10% of those age 65 or over.

Jackson County has the fifth highest per capita income in the State of Mississippi.

Public Safety[]

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services for communities in the county that do not have their own local law enforcement. These communities are known as Census-Designated Places, or CDPs.

Education[]

The Jackson County School District serves the Hurley, Wade, Big Point, Three Rivers, Harleston, Vestry, Latimer, and Vancleave communities, along with St. Martin and Escatawpa. The Pascagoula-Gautier School District serves Pascagoula and the City of Gautier. The Moss Point School District serves Moss Point, Mississippi, and part of Escatawpa, Mississippi. The Ocean Springs School District serves most of Ocean Springs.

Communities[]

Cities[]

Census-designated places[]

  • Big Point
  • Escatawpa
  • Gulf Hills
  • Gulf Park Estates
  • Helena
  • Hickory Hills (former CDP)
  • Hurley
  • Latimer
  • St. Martin
  • Vancleave
  • Wade

Unincorporated places[]

  • East Moss Point
  • Poticaw Landing

Ghost towns[]

  • Brewton

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Jackson County, Mississippi[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 36,295 66.54% 17,375 31.86% 873 1.60%
2016 33,629 67.85% 14,657 29.57% 1,281 2.58%
2012 35,747 66.62% 17,299 32.24% 609 1.14%
2008 35,993 66.29% 17,781 32.75% 522 0.96%
2004 35,134 68.79% 15,572 30.49% 369 0.72%
2000 30,068 66.66% 14,193 31.47% 846 1.88%
1996 24,918 59.86% 13,598 32.67% 3,109 7.47%
1992 25,321 56.36% 13,017 28.97% 6,592 14.67%
1988 29,830 73.90% 10,328 25.59% 206 0.51%
1984 29,585 76.79% 8,821 22.89% 123 0.32%
1980 22,498 62.57% 12,226 34.00% 1,234 3.43%
1976 17,177 55.26% 12,533 40.32% 1,372 4.41%
1972 22,204 88.68% 2,534 10.12% 300 1.20%
1968 2,942 14.39% 2,236 10.94% 15,261 74.67%
1964 11,357 82.73% 2,371 17.27% 0 0.00%
1960 2,266 24.70% 5,000 54.50% 1,908 20.80%
1956 2,692 38.98% 3,882 56.21% 332 4.81%
1952 2,170 34.36% 4,146 65.64% 0 0.00%
1948 238 6.41% 783 21.09% 2,692 72.50%
1944 213 7.48% 2,636 92.52% 0 0.00%
1940 171 7.43% 2,124 92.35% 5 0.22%
1936 120 6.55% 1,704 93.06% 7 0.38%
1932 126 7.12% 1,634 92.32% 10 0.56%
1928 567 31.02% 1,261 68.98% 0 0.00%
1924 158 13.50% 1,010 86.32% 2 0.17%
1920 121 17.24% 577 82.19% 4 0.57%
1916 87 10.21% 743 87.21% 22 2.58%
1912 14 2.28% 514 83.85% 85 13.87%
1900 166 27.81% 425 71.19% 6 1.01%
1896 181 18.26% 723 72.96% 87 8.78%
1892 16 3.18% 453 90.06% 34 6.76%



See also[]

Mississippi
Schools
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Jackson County, Mississippi
  • L.N. Dantzler Lumber Company

References[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 30°28′N 88°37′W / 30.46, -88.62


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