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. 2013 cost of living index in Amite County: 80.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (29.4%), Wholesale trade (14.7%), Information (14.7%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 67%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 18%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Amite County, Mississippi:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (57.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (41.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (0.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.5%)
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 2013: $29,908 ($26,033 in 1999)

This county:

$29908
Mississippi:

$37963

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $377 (lower quartile is $270, upper quartile is $516)
This county:

$377
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $68,611 (it was $51,200 in 2000)
Amite:

$68,611
Mississippi:

$97,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $30,289 - $130,481
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $811
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $281

Institutionalized population: 116
Amite County, MS map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $75,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $425 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $284 (0.5%)

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 2013: 25.7%
(17.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.4% for Black residents, 6.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 15.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 27.2%
Amite County:

27.2%
Mississippi:

24.0%
(18.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.6% for Black residents, 4.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 17.6% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 44 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 40 years old, American Indian residents: 9 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 45 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.4%
Mississippi:

8.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 8
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 5
  • 1975 to 1979: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 8
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 29

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Amite County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,71527
Black Protestant1,3309
Other3972
Mainline Protestant2015
Catholic481
None6,440-
Amite County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Amite County:

2.25 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Amite County:

6.00 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 1
This county:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Amite County:

13.6%
Mississippi:

12.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Amite County:

37.3%
State:

33.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 significantly below Mississippi state average. It is 3019151.3 times below 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 slightly below Mississippi state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 235.5 miles away from Amite County center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 211.1 miles away from the county center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi) earthquake occurred 426.4 miles away from the county center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 259.6 miles away from the county center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 198.2 miles away from Amite County center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 309.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

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: 6, Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 4, Heavy Rains: 2, Drought: 1, Freeze: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Canada (40%)
  • Vietnam (17%)
  • Mexico (15%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (13%)
  • Germany (11%)
  • Italy (4%)

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

  • United States or American (21%)
  • English (7%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • African (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • German (2%)

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 2010 was $40,226.

6.16% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,737 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.16%
Mississippi average:

6.70%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.48% relocated from other counties in Mississippi ($14,515 average AGI)
2.68% relocated from other states ($18,221 average AGI)
Amite County:

2.68%
Mississippi average:

2.79%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Pike County, MS  1.50% ($28,063 average AGI)
from Wilkinson County, MS  0.47% ($25,300)
from East Feliciana Parish, LA  0.31% ($29,385)
from East Baton Rouge Parish, LA  0.28% ($56,667)


7.03% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,722 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.03%
Mississippi average:

6.88%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.10% relocated to other counties in Mississippi ($15,742 average AGI)
2.93% relocated to other states ($11,977 average AGI)
Amite County:

2.93%
Mississippi average:

2.96%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Pike County, MS  1.91% ($24,634 average AGI)
to East Baton Rouge Parish, LA  0.56% ($38,833)
to Wilkinson County, MS  0.40% ($28,000)
to Jefferson Parish, LA  0.26% ($17,364)
to Franklin County, MS  0.23% ($32,800)
to Hinds County, MS  0.23% ($28,200)
to Lincoln County, MS  0.23% ($31,100)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 11.2

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.

2,050 married couples with children.
895 single-parent households (132 men, 763 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 159
  • 2000 to 2004: 700
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,058
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,257
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,240
  • 1960 to 1969: 951
  • 1950 to 1959: 224
  • 1940 to 1949: 305
  • 1939 or earlier: 765
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Amite County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,434,000
    Central Staff Services: $920,000
    Police Protection: $692,000
    Financial Administration: $686,000
    Solid Waste Management: $496,000
    Health - Other: $379,000
    General - Other: $313,000
    Local Fire Protection: $151,000
    Parks and Recreation: $87,000
    General Public Buildings: $67,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $53,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $23,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Other Higher Education: $363,000
    Libraries: $81,000
    General - Other: $49,000
    Health - Other: $25,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $79,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,285,000

Amite County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $704,000
    All Other: $130,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $64,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $219,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $144,000
    Interest Earnings: $111,000
    Sale of Property: $2,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $933,000
    All Other: $635,000
    General Local Government Support: $554,000
    Health and Hospitals: $147,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,887,000
    Other License: $92,000

Amite County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $567,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $406,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $161,000

Amite County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,435,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Amite County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Amite County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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