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:
Land area: 730 sq. mi. Water area: 2.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 18 people per square mile
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%).
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%)
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:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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:
Mississippi Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: March 25, 2009 to March 28, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1837): May 12, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1837, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Mississippi Hurricane Gustav, Incident Period: August 28, 2008 to September 8, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1794): September 22, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1794, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Mississippi Hurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1604): August 29, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1604, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: April 6, 2003 to April 25, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1459): April 24, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1459, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Mississippi Tropical Storm Isidore, Incident Period: September 23, 2002 to October 6, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1436): October 1, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1436, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
Mississippi Tornadoes and Severe Storms, Incident Period: February 16, 2001 to March 15, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1360): February 23, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1360, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
Mississippi High Winds, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: November 21, 1992 to November 22, 1992, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-968): November 25, 1992, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-968, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Wind
Mississippi Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornado, Incident Period: January 24, 1990 to March 15, 1990, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-859): February 28, 1990, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-859, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Mississippi Drought and Freezing, Incident Period: February 22, 1977, Emergency Declared (EM-3032): February 22, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3032, Natural disaster type: Freeze, Drought
Mississippi Heavy Rains, Tornadoes, Flooding, Incident Period: March 27, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-368): March 27, 1973, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-368, Natural disaster type: Tornado, Flood, Heavy Rain
3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
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).
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%)
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 (%):
China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (13%)
Most common first ancestries reported in Amite County (%):
United States or American (21%)
French (except Basque) (2%)
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)
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)
Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
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:
In family households: 11,138 (2,401 male householders, 1,230 female householders)
2,524 spouses, 3,608 children (3,337 natural, 80 adopted, 191 stepchildren), 682 grandchildren, 165 brothers or sisters, 78 parents, 183 other relatives, 207 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 1,877 (844 male householders (769 living alone)), 876 female householders (818 living alone)), 157 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 116 (all institutionalized)
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.
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:
63 per 1000 residents
78 per 1000 residents
58 per 1000 residents
51 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +5
+0 per 1000 residents
+4 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -204
-15 per 1000 residents
-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:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 57
2000 to 2004: 486
1990 to 1999: 809
1980 to 1989: 1,120
1970 to 1979: 1,318
1960 to 1969: 1,021
1950 to 1959: 560
1940 to 1949: 649
1939 or earlier: 801
Rooms in houses/apartments in Amite County, Mississippi
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.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 10600
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