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Kemper County, Mississippi (MS)


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County population in 2012: 10,335 (all rural); it was 10,453 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,539
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,679
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,279
Renter-occupied apartments: 702 (it was 630 in 2000)
% of renters here:

16%
State:

30%

Land area: 766 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 13 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Kemper County: 78.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.2%), Manufacturing (12.9%), Retail trade (11.4%), Construction (10.7%).

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 Kemper County, Mississippi:


Median resident age:  38.0 years
Mississippi median age:  36.0 years

Males: 5,111  (48.0%)
Females: 5,345  (52.0%)

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Average household size:
Kemper County:

2.0 people
Mississippi:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $28,069 ($23,998 in 1999)
This county:

$28069
Mississippi:

$36646

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $180 (lower quartile is $141, upper quartile is $294)
This county:

$180
State:

$467


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $66,048 (it was $46,500 in 2000)
Kemper County:

$66,048
Mississippi:

$98,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $31,173 - $87,835

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $131,474
Here:

$131,474
State:

$150,055

Townhouses or other attached units: $233,341
Here:

$233,341
State:

$180,099

Mobile homes: $54,520
Here:

$54,520
State:

$37,232
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $918
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $231

Institutionalized population: 393

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $326 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $178 (0.4%)


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


Kemper County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 24.6%
(8.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.6% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 41.3% for American Indian residents, 34.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 38 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 24 years old, Asian residents: 27 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 31 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

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

26.0%
Whole state:

19.9%

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

11.1%
Whole state:

9.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Kemper County is $420 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $483 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $632 a month.

Cities in this county include: De Kalb, Scooba.

Kemper 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 Kemper County: Kellis Store (A), Moscow Recreational Vehicle Park (B), Damascus Volunteer Fire Department (C), Kemper County Volunteer Fire District 3 Station (D), Preston Fire Department (E), Porterville Volunteer Fire Department (F), 3 Mile Corner Volunteer Fire Department (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Kemper County include: New Hope Church (A), Persimmon Chapel (B), Persimmon Ridge Church (C), Pilgrim Rest Church (D), Pleasant Grove Church (E), Pleasant Hill Church (F), Pleasant Ridge Church (G), Providence Church (H), Porterville Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Chamberlin Cemetery (1), Cherry Cemetery (2), Chisholm Cemetery (3), Mount Olive Cemetery (4), Cole Cemetery (5), Jerusalem Cemetery (6), McDonald Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Bruton Pond (A), Bateman Lake (B), Hoppers Lake (C), Kempdale Lake (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Scooba Creek (A), Bendix Creek (B), Chamberlin Creek (C), Cap Branch (D), Blackwater Creek (E), Pawticfaw Creek (F), Snoody Creek (G), Tallachula Creek (H), Frilloby Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Lauderdale County , Neshoba County , Newton County , Noxubee County , Sumter County, Alabama , Winston County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 729
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 60.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 45 (47% naturalized citizens)

Kemper County:

0.4%
Whole state:

1.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 33.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 39.5%

Kemper County marital status for males
Kemper County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Kemper County with a mortgage: 987 (68 second mortgage, 60 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 774

Here:

56.0% with mortgage
State:

62.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 50.47%
Here50.5%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 5,276
Total congregations: 50

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist Church USA National Primitive Baptist ConventionPresbyterian Church in AmericaOther
Adherents2,360 (44.7%)2,326 (44.1%)166 (3.1%)149 (2.8%)275 (5.2%)
Congregations16 (32.0%)25 (50.0%)1 (2.0%)3 (6.0%)5 (10.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Kemper County - De Kalb, Scooba

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

2.98 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

6.94 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 1
Kemper County:

0.99 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

15.2%
Mississippi:

12.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

37.2%
Mississippi:

33.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Kemper County:

13.1%
State:

14.4%


Agriculture in Kemper County:

Average size of farms: 245 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $19,512
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $62.20
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 91.92%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $16,635
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.36%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.86%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $31,695
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 96.42%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.76
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.26%
Corn for grain: 484 harvested acres
Vegetables: 123 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 13 acres

Tornado activity:

Kemper County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 2.5 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 4 fatalities and 67 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/2/1982, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed 3 people and injured 40 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Kemper County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Mississippi state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 92.7 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 42.5 miles away from the county center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 81.7 miles away from the county center
On 12/12/1997 at 08:42:20, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 92.3 miles away from Kemper County center
On 7/16/1993 at 10:54:32, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 71.9 miles away from the county center
On 11/28/1999 at 11:00:09, a magnitude 3.8 (3.5 MB, 3.8 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 93.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Kemper County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (13%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Wood products (6%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4%)

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




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





Kemper County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,787 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 837 (22%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 14 (0%)
  • Taxi: 12 (0%)
  • Walked: 38 (1%)
  • Other means: 25 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 103 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

People in group quarters in Kemper County, Mississippi in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $28,689.

5.20% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($25,593 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.20%
Mississippi average:

7.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.54% relocated from other counties in Mississippi ($16,893 average AGI)
1.66% relocated from other states ($8,700 average AGI)
Kemper County:

1.66%
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 Lauderdale County, MS  1.63% ($24,064 average AGI)
from Neshoba County, MS  0.66% ($21,211)


6.14% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,933 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.14%
Mississippi average:

8.35%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.19% relocated to other counties in Mississippi ($25,156 average AGI)
1.96% relocated to other states ($7,777 average AGI)
Kemper County:

1.96%
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 Lauderdale County, MS  1.96% ($42,772 average AGI)
to Neshoba County, MS  0.69% ($28,100)
to Noxubee County, MS  0.34% ($23,000)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.7

Births per 1000 population in Kemper County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Kemper County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 14.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Kemper County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,699 (1,349 aged, 350 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1132.150
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 966.230
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 29.28

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 9.46
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 9.76

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,748

Size of family households: 1,120 2-persons, 628 3-persons, 489 4-persons, 234 5-persons, 92 6-persons, 66 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,184 1-person, 98 2-persons, 9 3-persons.

97.0% of residents of Kemper County speak English at home.
1.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (54% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (12% speak English very well, 55% speak English well, 33% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (74% speak English very well, 26% speak English not well).
1.4% of residents speak other language at home (12% speak English very well, 69% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $78,700,000 ($7613 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,199,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $24,951,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $22,781,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $375,000
Federal grants: $26,117,000
Federal procurement contracts: $398,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,078,000 ($1,736,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $323,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $394,000
Federal Government insurance: $0,000

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

Births: 755
Here:

74 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 580
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

51 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +4
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -364
Here -36 per 1000 residents
State -4 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Kemper County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.48 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:

4.3
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Kemper County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 9
  • 2 rooms: 35
  • 3 rooms: 230
  • 4 rooms: 345
  • 5 rooms: 1,088
  • 6 rooms: 754
  • 7 rooms: 495
  • 8 rooms: 192
  • 9+ rooms: 131
  • 1 room: 16
  • 2 rooms: 41
  • 3 rooms: 108
  • 4 rooms: 184
  • 5 rooms: 144
  • 6 rooms: 69
  • 7 rooms: 29
  • 8 rooms: 36
  • 9+ rooms: 3
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Kemper County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 49
  • 1 bedroom: 106
  • 2 bedrooms: 562
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,987
  • 4 bedrooms: 530
  • 5+ bedrooms: 45
  • no bedroom: 16
  • 1 bedroom: 127
  • 2 bedrooms: 239
  • 3 bedrooms: 201
  • 4 bedrooms: 44
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3
Cars and other vehicles available in Kemper County, Mississippi in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 356
  • 1 vehicle: 1,070
  • 2 vehicles: 1,084
  • 3 vehicles: 519
  • 4 vehicles: 135
  • 5+ vehicles: 115
  • no vehicle: 179
  • 1 vehicle: 277
  • 2 vehicles: 107
  • 3 vehicles: 44
  • 4 vehicles: 15
  • 5+ vehicles: 8

73% of Kemper County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 50% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 72% lived in Mississippi.

Kemper County:

72.7%
State average:

59.0%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $24,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Kemper County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (51.2%)
  • Electricity (31.6%)
  • Wood (9.3%)
  • Utility gas (7.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (38.9%)
  • Electricity (30.6%)
  • Utility gas (24.0%)
  • Wood (6.5%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 199
Here:

15.7%
Mississippi:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 97
Here:

15.8%
Mississippi:

10.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 16
Here:

2.3%
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

Kemper County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Kemper County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Kemper County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Kemper County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Kemper County, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James7472.8 years
John7076.2 years
Willie6073.7 years
Mary5782.9 years
William4675.6 years
Annie3883.4 years
George3576.6 years
Robert2872.7 years
Henry2273.5 years
Thomas1973.3 years
Most common last names in Kemper County, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Rush4974.3 years
Smith4378.9 years
Clark3978.0 years
Cole3174.2 years
Jones2875.0 years
Wilson2778.7 years
Johnson2674.2 years
Grady2676.7 years
Adams2369.6 years
Scott2381.7 years

Businesses in Kemper County, MS


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