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Holmes County, Mississippi (MS)


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County population in 2012: 18,796 (13% urban, 87% rural); it was 21,609 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,045
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,723
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,352
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,158 (it was 1,962 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

30%

Land area: 756 sq. mi.
Water area: 8.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 25 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Holmes County: 79.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (26.0%), Educational,health and social services (24.9%), Retail trade (11.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 74%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 5%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Holmes County, Mississippi:


Median resident age:  32.0 years
Mississippi median age:  36.0 years

Males: 8,983  (52.4%)
Females: 10,215  (47.6%)

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Holmes County,MS real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Holmes County:

2.0 people
Mississippi:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $20,159 ($17,235 in 1999)
This county:

$20159
Mississippi:

$36646

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $212 (lower quartile is $141, upper quartile is $337)
This county:

$212
State:

$467


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $51,466 (it was $39,700 in 2000)
Holmes County:

$51,466
Mississippi:

$98,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $22,341 - $81,005

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $112,734
Here:

$112,734
State:

$150,055

Townhouses or other attached units: $528,220
Here:

$528,220
State:

$180,099

In 2-unit structures: $194,845
Here:

$194,845
State:

$70,652

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $288,483
Here:

$288,483
State:

$111,160

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $246,288
Here:

$246,288
State:

$940,330

Mobile homes: $54,463
Here:

$54,463
State:

$37,232

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $107,532
Here:

$107,532
State:

$27,068
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,007
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $259

Institutionalized population: 124

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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $329 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $171 (0.4%)


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


Holmes County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 42.7%
(11.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 49.7% for Black residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 5.7% for American Indian residents, 83.3% for other race residents, 51.1% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 32 years old
(Males: 29 years old, Females: 35 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, Black residents: 30 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 42 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

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

41.1%
Whole state:

19.9%

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

20.8%
Whole state:

9.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Holmes County is $443 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $493 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $590 a month.

Cities in this county include: Durant, Tchula, Lexington, Pickens, Goodman, Cruger, West.

Holmes 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 Holmes County: Garden Chapel (A), Camp Calvin (B), Camp Castalian Springs (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Holmes County include: New Hope Church (A), New Mount Zion Church (B), New Zion Church (C), Newport Church (D), Oak Grove Church (E), Old County Line Church (F), Pleasant Green Church (G), Pleasant Ridge Church (H), Popular Springs Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hopewell Cemetery (1), Central Cemetery (2), Malone Cemetery (3), Marcella Cemetery (4), Mount Olive Cemetery (5), Clifton Cemetery (6), Jenkins Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and swamps: Sims Lake (A), Mud Lake (B), Horseshoe Lake (C), Bisland Bayou (D), Jack Lake (E), Bee Lake (F), Gill Lake (G), Roundaway Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Black Creek (A), Chicopa Creek (B), Butterworth Creek (C), Beaver Creek (D), Tipton Bayou (E), Tesheva Creek (F), Tarrey Creek (G), Tacketts Creek (H), Sugar Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Holmes County include: Holmes County State Park (1), Hillside National Wildlife Refuge (2), Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Attala County , Carroll County , Humphreys County , Leflore County , Madison County , Yazoo County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 1,087
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 59.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 66 (71% naturalized citizens)

Holmes County:

0.3%
Whole state:

1.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 61.9%

Holmes County marital status for males
Holmes County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Holmes County with a mortgage: 1,433 (123 second mortgage, 58 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,799

Here:

44.3% with mortgage
State:

62.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 30.44%
Here30.4%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,577
Total congregations: 60

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church in AmericaChurches of ChristChurch of the Nazarene
Adherents3,968 (60.3%)2,043 (31.1%)242 (3.7%)94 (1.4%)52 (0.8%)
Congregations20 (33.3%)21 (35.0%)7 (11.7%)4 (6.7%)1 (1.7%)
NameCatholic ChurchChurch of God of ProphecyJewishEpiscopal ChurchOther
Adherents39 (0.6%)39 (0.6%)35 (0.5%)30 (0.5%)35 (0.5%)
Congregations1 (1.7%)1 (1.7%)1 (1.7%)1 (1.7%)3 (5.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Holmes County - Durant, Tchula, Lexington, Pickens, Goodman

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

1.95 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Holmes County:

0.98 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
This county:

9.76 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Holmes County:

2.44 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

15.6%
Mississippi:

12.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

42.3%
Mississippi:

33.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Holmes County:

15.7%
State:

14.4%


Agriculture in Holmes County:

Average size of farms: 425 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $62,647
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $276.70
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 12.69%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $77,687
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 46.55%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 30.30%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $84,422
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.53%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.62
Corn for grain: 17499 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 828 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 53645 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 20061 harvested acres
Vegetables: 13 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 14 acres

Tornado activity:

Holmes County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly above Mississippi state average. It is 3.1 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 17 fatalities and 206 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 2/21/1971, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 13 people and injured 182 people

Earthquake activity:

Holmes County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Mississippi state average. It is 98% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/11/1996 at 18:17:49, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.1 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 57.4 miles away from the county center
On 10/26/2002 at 20:05:55, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 73.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


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

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 9, Floods: 8, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Wind: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (12%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Wood products (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Food (9%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4%)

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




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





Holmes County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,111 (67%)
  • Carpooled: 1,689 (28%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 96 (2%)
  • Motorcycle: 3 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 96 (2%)
  • Other means: 61 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 55 (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Holmes County, Mississippi in 2000:

467 people in college/university student housing
124 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $26,829.

4.94% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($22,873 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.94%
Mississippi average:

7.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.97% relocated from other counties in Mississippi ($13,620 average AGI)
1.97% relocated from other states ($9,253 average AGI)
Holmes County:

1.97%
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 Hinds County, MS  0.77% ($21,510 average AGI)
from Attala County, MS  0.47% ($29,400)
from Cook County, IL  0.41% ($23,115)
from Madison County, MS  0.34% ($24,818)
from Orleans Parish, LA  0.25% ($14,813)
from Leflore County, MS  0.17% ($15,000)
from Yazoo County, MS  0.16% ($21,500)


5.81% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($23,912 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.81%
Mississippi average:

8.35%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.40% relocated to other counties in Mississippi ($17,541 average AGI)
1.41% relocated to other states ($6,373 average AGI)
Holmes County:

1.41%
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 Hinds County, MS  1.07% ($23,957 average AGI)
to Madison County, MS  0.79% ($26,980)
to Attala County, MS  0.76% ($24,633)
to Yazoo County, MS  0.33% ($19,619)
to Leflore County, MS  0.26% ($16,353)
to Rankin County, MS  0.20% ($37,846)
to Shelby County, TN  0.16% ($23,000)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 19.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 18.4

Births per 1000 population in Holmes County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Holmes County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 14.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Holmes County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,665 (2,703 aged, 962 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 29%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.73
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7187.440
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 198.6
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 33965.39

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1966.920
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1440.830
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 14.22

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 18.59
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 42.66

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 251.8. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 183.8
  • Other - 68.1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 18,607

Size of family households: 1,747 2-persons, 1,145 3-persons, 831 4-persons, 534 5-persons, 232 6-persons, 233 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,021 1-person, 156 2-persons, 15 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 6 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

97.9% of residents of Holmes County speak English at home.
1.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (62% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 16% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (57% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 24% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $201,300,000 ($9519 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,095,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $51,649,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $54,837,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,100,000
Federal grants: $79,940,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,649,000 ($215,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,125,000 ($569,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,024,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $817,000
Federal Government insurance: $19,566,000

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

Births: 2,133
Here:

101 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,323
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

51 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,276
Here -60 per 1000 residents
State -4 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Holmes County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.53 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Holmes County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 69
  • 3 rooms: 396
  • 4 rooms: 551
  • 5 rooms: 1,649
  • 6 rooms: 1,197
  • 7 rooms: 765
  • 8 rooms: 410
  • 9+ rooms: 313
  • 1 room: 30
  • 2 rooms: 158
  • 3 rooms: 352
  • 4 rooms: 397
  • 5 rooms: 554
  • 6 rooms: 268
  • 7 rooms: 98
  • 8 rooms: 67
  • 9+ rooms: 38
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Holmes County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 68
  • 1 bedroom: 288
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,169
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,910
  • 4 bedrooms: 731
  • 5+ bedrooms: 186
  • no bedroom: 69
  • 1 bedroom: 368
  • 2 bedrooms: 691
  • 3 bedrooms: 669
  • 4 bedrooms: 150
  • 5+ bedrooms: 15
Cars and other vehicles available in Holmes County, Mississippi in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 918
  • 1 vehicle: 1,870
  • 2 vehicles: 1,629
  • 3 vehicles: 651
  • 4 vehicles: 204
  • 5+ vehicles: 80
  • no vehicle: 767
  • 1 vehicle: 815
  • 2 vehicles: 302
  • 3 vehicles: 65
  • 4 vehicles: 10
  • 5+ vehicles: 3

69% of Holmes County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 64% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 45% lived in Mississippi.

Holmes County:

69.4%
State average:

59.0%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $25,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Holmes County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (42.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (39.0%)
  • Electricity (13.8%)
  • Wood (3.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (46.4%)
  • Electricity (25.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (25.5%)
  • Wood (1.6%)
  • No fuel used (1.0%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 269
Here:

8.0%
Mississippi:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 209
Here:

10.9%
Mississippi:

10.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 91
Here:

9.0%
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 Debt

Holmes County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Holmes County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Holmes County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Holmes County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Holmes County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Holmes County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Holmes County, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John27474.5 years
Mary25979.0 years
Willie24172.0 years
James22671.5 years
Robert16271.9 years
William15074.3 years
Annie13477.9 years
Henry10074.2 years
George8675.9 years
Lillie8377.7 years
Most common last names in Holmes County, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams21071.3 years
Johnson18275.1 years
Smith16374.1 years
Davis12075.7 years
Brown10471.4 years
Anderson9073.0 years
Jones8875.9 years
Thomas8773.6 years
Ellis7876.0 years
Redmond7275.8 years
Businesses in Holmes County, MS
NameCountNameCount
AutoZone1SONIC Drive-In1
Baskin-Robbins1Subway1
Church's Chicken1Super 81
H&R Block1True Value1
MasterBrand Cabinets2U-Haul2
Nike2
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