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Yazoo County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Yazoo County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the U.S. highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded January 21, 1823
Named for Yazoo River
Seat Yazoo City
Largest city Yazoo City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

934.12 sq mi (2,419 km²)
919.48 sq mi (2,381 km²)
14.64 sq mi (38 km²), 1.57%
 - (2010)
 - Density

31/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Yazoo County is a county located in the Mississippi Delta region of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,065.[1] The county seat is Yazoo City.[2] It is named for the Yazoo River, whose name, legend has it, comes from an Indian word meaning "River of Death."

Farming and lumber are the predominant industries of Yazoo County.

Yazoo County is included in the Jackson-Vicksburg-Brookhaven, MS Combined Statistical Area.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 934.12 square miles (2,419.4 km2), of which 919.48 square miles (2,381.4 km2) (or 98.43%) is land and 14.64 square miles (37.9 km2) (or 1.57%) is water.[3]

The total land area of 934 square miles (2,420 km2) makes Yazoo County the largest county in Mississippi. In fact, the State of Rhode Island is only 298 square miles (770 km2) larger.

Major highways[]

  • I-55.svg Interstate 55
  • US 49.svg U.S. Highway 49
  • Circle sign 3.svg Mississippi Highway 3
  • Circle sign 16.svg Mississippi Highway 16

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Hillside National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge


The area which is now Yazoo County was acquired by the State of Mississippi from the Choctaw Indians in 1820. Yazoo County was established on January 21, 1823. It was the 19th county established in the State of Mississippi, and remains the largest in area. The first county seat was at the area known as Beatties Bluff. In 1829 the county seat was moved to Benton. In 1849 the county seat was moved once again, to Yazoo City where it remains. Yazoo County was a battlefield in 1863 and 1864 during the American Civil War.

The famous railroad disaster which killed engineer Casey Jones took place in Yazoo County, just north of Vaughan, Mississippi, in 1900. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 did much damage in Yazoo County.

Comedian Jerry Clower was a native of Liberty, Mississippi, who immortalized the fictitious Ledbetter Amite County family (based on his memories of real people) with his comedy sketches. His humor was always gentle, upbeat, and deeply based on his Christian faith. Jerry attended Mississippi State University, and was employed by the Mississippi Chemical Company of Yazoo City; he died shortly after building a new home in Amite County.[4]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 6,550
1840 10,480 60.0%
1850 14,418 37.6%
1860 22,373 55.2%
1870 17,279 −22.8%
1880 33,845 95.9%
1890 36,394 7.5%
1900 43,948 20.8%
1910 46,672 6.2%
1920 37,149 −20.4%
1930 37,262 0.3%
1940 40,091 7.6%
1950 35,712 −10.9%
1960 31,653 −11.4%
1970 27,304 −13.7%
1980 27,349 0.2%
1990 25,506 −6.7%
2000 28,149 10.4%
2010 28,065 −0.3%
Est. 2012 28,195 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

Age pyramid Yazoo County[6]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,065 people residing in the county. 57.1% were Black or African American, 40.0% White, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% of some other race and 1.5% of two or more races. 4.6% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 28,149 people, 9,178 households, and 6,644 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 10,015 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 44.74% White, 53.96% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 4.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

35.60% of the 9,178 households have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.20% were married couples living together, 23.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.50% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 20.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 103.60 males (boys). For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,795, and the median income for a family was $29,395. Males had a median income of $28,553 versus $19,797 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,062. About 25.40% of families and 31.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.90% of those under age 18 and 22.50% of those age 65 or over.


  • Towns
    • Bentonia
  • Villages
    • Eden
    • Satartia
  • Unincorporated places
    • Anding
    • Benton
    • Carter
    • Holly Bluff
    • Hopewell Landing
    • Little Yazoo
    • Midway
    • Oil City
    • Tinsley
    • Vaughan


Yazoo County Airport is located in an unincorporated area in Yazoo County,[8] 2 miles (3.2 km) west of central Yazoo City.[9]


  • Public School Districts
    • Yazoo City Municipal School District
    • Yazoo County School District
  • Private Schools
    • Benton Academy (Benton)
    • Manchester Academy (Yazoo City)
    • Covenant Christian School (Yazoo City)
    • Thomas Christian Academy (Yazoo City)

Famous residents[]

  • Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi
  • Willie Brown, football player
  • Jerry Clower, comedian
  • Henry Espy, Mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Mike Espy, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • Lawrence Gordon, motion picture producer
  • Lynn Hamilton, actress
  • Duck Holmes, blues musician
  • T. J. Huddleston, entrepreneur
  • Skip James, blues musician
  • Tommy McClennan, blues musician
  • Willie Morris, writer
  • John Wesley Snyder, Texas rancher
  • Stella Stevens, actress
  • Zig Ziglar, writer and motivational speaker

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Yazoo County, Mississippi


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jerry Clower on Mississippi Writer's Page
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for 87I - Retrieved on September 23, 2010.
  9. ^ Jeter, Lynne W. "Airports an advantage when it comes to site selection." Mississippi Business Journal. March 26, 2001. Retrieved on September 21, 2010.

Further reading[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 32°47′N 90°24′W / 32.78, -90.40

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