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Newton County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Newton County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the U.S. highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Seat Decatur
Largest Town Union
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

580 sq mi (1,502 km²)
578 sq mi (1,497 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.27%
 - (2000)
 - Density

39/sq mi (15/km²)

Newton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population was 21,838. Its county seat is Decatur6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,501 km² (580 sq mi). 1,497 km² (578 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.27%) is water.

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Newton County was formed in 1836. All sources say it was named in honor of Sir Isaac Newton, including the 1896 history of Newton County.

Newton County is adjacent to Jasper County, which was named for Sgt. William Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero of the Siege of Savannah in 1779. Sgt. John Newton had a very similar history. Early in the 1800s, many places were named for these men. At least four other states, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri and Texas, have adjacent Jasper and Newton Counties. At least two states, Illinois and Iowa, have Newton as the county seat of Jasper County. Arkansas has Newton as the county seat of Jasper County. The frequency of occurrence of these names in juxtaposition shows that the stories of Sgts. Jasper and Newton were widely known, and associated with each other at the time these counties were named.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,527
1850 4,465 76.7%
1860 9,661 116.4%
1870 10,067 4.2%
1880 13,436 33.5%
1890 16,625 23.7%
1900 19,708 18.5%
1910 23,085 17.1%
1920 20,727 −10.2%
1930 22,910 10.5%
1940 24,249 5.8%
1950 22,681 −6.5%
1960 19,517 −14.0%
1970 18,983 −2.7%
1980 19,944 5.1%
1990 20,291 1.7%
2000 21,838 7.6%
Est. 2006 22,413 2.6%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 21,838 people, 8,221 households, and 6,001 families residing in the county. The population density was 15/km² (38/sq mi). There were 9,259 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 65.01% White, 30.37% Black or African American, 3.68% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,221 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 16.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.60% 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 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,735, and the median income for a family was $34,606. Males had a median income of $27,820 versus $20,757 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,008. About 16.40% of families and 19.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.30% of those under age 18 and 21.70% of those age 65 or over.


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Coordinates: 32°25′N 89°07′W / 32.41, -89.12

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