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Amite County, Mississippi (MS)


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County population in 2012: 12,957 (all rural); it was 13,599 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,683
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,786
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,528
Renter-occupied apartments: 882 (it was 743 in 2000)
% of renters here:

14%
State:

30%

Land area: 730 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 18 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Amite County: 79.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (24.6%), Manufacturing (19.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Amite County, Mississippi:


Median resident age:  43.0 years
Mississippi median age:  36.0 years

Males: 6,374  (50.0%)
Females: 6,757  (50.0%)

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Average household size:
Amite County:

2.0 people
Mississippi:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,450 ($26,033 in 1999)
This county:

$30450
Mississippi:

$36646

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $283 (lower quartile is $166, upper quartile is $367)
This county:

$283
State:

$467


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $73,339 (it was $51,200 in 2000)
Amite County:

$73,339
Mississippi:

$98,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $33,875 - $126,256

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $178,262
Here:

$178,262
State:

$150,055

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $21,760
Here:

$21,760
State:

$111,160

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $192,513
Here:

$192,513
State:

$940,330

Mobile homes: $60,967
Here:

$60,967
State:

$37,232
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $861
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $259

Institutionalized population: 116

Amite County, MS map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $221 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $172 (0.3%)


Amite County household income distribution in 2009 Amite County home values distribution


Amite County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 26.7%
(18.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.9% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 49.1% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 18 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

22.6%
Whole state:

19.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

10.7%
Whole state:

9.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Amite County is $409 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $455 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $550 a month.

Cities in this county include: Gloster, Liberty, Crosby.

Amite County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Amite County: Street (A), Woodman Springs Picnic Area (B), Henderson Poultry Farm (C), Smithdale Field (D), Pine Hills Country Club (E), Osyka Springs Campground (F), Old Smithdale (G), Southwest Amite Volunteer Fire Department (H), Street Volunteer Fire Department (I), North Central Volunteer Fire Department (J), Smithdale Volunteer Fire Department (K), East Central Volunteer Fire Department (L), O'Neil Volunteer Fire Department (M), Mars Hill Volunteer Fire Department (N), Gillsburg Rural Volunteer Fire Department (O). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Amite County include: New Zion Church (A), Oak Grove Church (B), Oak Grove Baptist Church (C), Thompson Baptist Church (D), Robinson Baptist Church (E), Mount Olive Baptist Church (F), Glading Baptist Church (G), Gillsburg Baptist Church (H), Church of God of Prophecy (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Newman Cemetery (1), Holly Grove Cemetery (2), Mount Zion Cemetery (3), Flowers Cemetery (4), Fenn Cemetery (5), Burris Cemetery (6), New Hope Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Greengate Lake (A), Mount Nebo Lake (B), Greengate Lake (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Purlon Branch (A), Webb Branch (B), Causey Creek (C), Cars Creek (D), Stafford Creek (E), Speculation Creek (F), Shaw Creek (G), Shackaloa Creek (H), Section Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Amite County: Mount Nebo Recreation Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana , Franklin County , Lincoln County , St. Helena Parish, Louisiana , Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana , Pike County , Wilkinson County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 392
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 67.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 53 (62% naturalized citizens)

Amite County:

0.4%
Whole state:

1.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 36.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 43.2%

Amite County marital status for males
Amite County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Amite County with a mortgage: 840 (45 second mortgage, 46 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,117

Here:

42.9% with mortgage
State:

62.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 55.97%
Here56.0%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 7,611
Total congregations: 46

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents6,018 (79.1%)693 (9.1%)547 (7.2%)84 (1.1%)269 (3.5%)
Congregations25 (54.3%)7 (15.2%)2 (4.3%)3 (6.5%)9 (19.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Amite County - Gloster, Liberty, Crosby

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

2.25 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

6.00 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 1
Amite County:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

13.6%
Mississippi:

12.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

37.3%
Mississippi:

33.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Amite County:

14.3%
State:

14.4%


Agriculture in Amite County:

Average size of farms: 250 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $48,523
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $48.87
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 97.70%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $37,579
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 9.12%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $28,821
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.25%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.97
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 14.25%
Corn for grain: 350 harvested acres
Vegetables: 25 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 25 acres

Tornado activity:

Amite County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Mississippi state average. It is 2.0 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 11 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/12/1990, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 4 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Amite County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Mississippi state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/20/2005 at 00:52:20, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 64.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Amite County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Tornadoes: 5, Storms: 5, Floods: 4, Hurricanes: 4, Heavy Rains: 2, Drought: 1, Wind: 1, Flood: 1, Freeze: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (16%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Wood products (8%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Food (3%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Food (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (12%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (4%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Cashiers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Amite County (%):





Amite County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,779 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 709 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 41 (1%)
  • Motorcycle: 8 (0%)
  • Walked: 75 (2%)
  • Other means: 65 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 195 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


24 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
77 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
39 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $35,048.

7.56% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($27,813 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.56%
Mississippi average:

7.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.90% relocated from other counties in Mississippi ($9,898 average AGI)
4.66% relocated from other states ($17,914 average AGI)
Amite County:

4.66%
Mississippi average:

3.40%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Orleans Parish, LA  1.20% ($25,900 average AGI)
from Pike County, MS  1.20% ($29,860)
from East Baton Rouge Parish, LA  0.48% ($43,600)
from Jefferson Parish, LA  0.46% ($24,526)
from Franklin County, MS  0.31% ($23,692)
from Wilkinson County, MS  0.31% ($22,692)


6.53% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,520 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.53%
Mississippi average:

8.35%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.00% relocated to other counties in Mississippi ($15,424 average AGI)
2.52% relocated to other states ($10,097 average AGI)
Amite County:

2.52%
Mississippi average:

3.96%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Pike County, MS  1.70% ($24,014 average AGI)
to East Baton Rouge Parish, LA  0.58% ($24,292)
to Lincoln County, MS  0.32% ($27,077)
to Forrest County, MS  0.27% ($17,182)
to Franklin County, MS  0.24% ($37,000)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.2

Births per 1000 population in Amite County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Amite County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Amite County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,336 (1,818 aged, 518 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1399.330
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1101.600
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7.44

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 44.66

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 13,015

Size of family households: 1,705 2-persons, 832 3-persons, 598 4-persons, 286 5-persons, 124 6-persons, 86 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,587 1-person, 116 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 3 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

97.9% of residents of Amite County speak English at home.
1.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (77% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (86% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (63% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $81,139,000 ($6047 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,890,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $35,332,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $19,294,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $347,000
Federal grants: $21,063,000
Federal procurement contracts: $977,000 ($29,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,126,000 ($590,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $268,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,521,000
Federal Government insurance: $531,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 845
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 783
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

51 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -204
Here -15 per 1000 residents
State -4 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Amite County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.39 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Amite County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 86
  • 3 rooms: 249
  • 4 rooms: 696
  • 5 rooms: 1,310
  • 6 rooms: 1,020
  • 7 rooms: 640
  • 8 rooms: 255
  • 9+ rooms: 272
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 54
  • 3 rooms: 75
  • 4 rooms: 177
  • 5 rooms: 215
  • 6 rooms: 131
  • 7 rooms: 51
  • 8 rooms: 26
  • 9+ rooms: 8
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Amite County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 59
  • 1 bedroom: 178
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,038
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,542
  • 4 bedrooms: 588
  • 5+ bedrooms: 123
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 103
  • 2 bedrooms: 229
  • 3 bedrooms: 316
  • 4 bedrooms: 76
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Amite County, Mississippi in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 342
  • 1 vehicle: 1,395
  • 2 vehicles: 1,830
  • 3 vehicles: 666
  • 4 vehicles: 253
  • 5+ vehicles: 42
  • no vehicle: 202
  • 1 vehicle: 277
  • 2 vehicles: 223
  • 3 vehicles: 35
  • 4 vehicles: 6
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

75% of Amite County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 52% lived in Mississippi.

Amite County:

74.5%
State average:

59.0%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $25,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Amite County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (40.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (40.0%)
  • Utility gas (11.3%)
  • Wood (7.1%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (44.7%)
  • Electricity (32.7%)
  • Utility gas (15.2%)
  • Wood (6.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 400
Here:

23.3%
Mississippi:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 165
Here:

21.3%
Mississippi:

10.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 57
Here:

15.8%
Mississippi:

12.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Amite County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Amite County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Amite County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Amite County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Amite County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Amite County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Amite County, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James8572.5 years
John8572.7 years
Willie8573.9 years
Mary7878.1 years
Robert6474.1 years
William6473.2 years
George5073.8 years
Thomas4576.5 years
Henry4080.4 years
Charles2875.6 years
Most common last names in Amite County, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jackson10275.5 years
Whittington6975.3 years
Robinson6275.1 years
Smith5875.8 years
Anderson5574.1 years
Williams5077.1 years
Brown4477.0 years
Bates4374.2 years
Jones3869.6 years
Johnson3777.8 years

Businesses in Amite County, MS


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