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. 2013 cost of living index in Kemper County: 79.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (32.5%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (27.8%), Construction (23.8%), Educational, health and social services (15.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 46%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 54%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Kemper County, Mississippi:

  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (60.0%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (35.1%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (3.7%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
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 2013: $28,209 ($23,998 in 1999)

This county:

$28209
Mississippi:

$37963

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $249 (lower quartile is $136, upper quartile is $443)
This county:

$249
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $63,926 (it was $46,500 in 2000)
Kemper:

$63,926
Mississippi:

$97,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $37,129 - $97,785

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $88,885
Here:

$88,885
State:

$150,007

Mobile homes: $19,906
Here:

$19,906
State:

$41,804
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $719
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $327

Institutionalized population: 393
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Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $574 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $478 (0.8%)

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 2013: 33.3%
(14.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 42.3% for Black residents, 78.7% for American Indian residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 35.3%
Kemper County:

35.3%
Mississippi:

24.0%
(15.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 43.6% for Black residents, 82.6% for American Indian residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 36 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 21 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 33 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

14.6%
Mississippi:

8.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 11
  • 1990 to 1994: 11
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 7
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 10
  • 1965 to 1969: 6

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Kemper County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,10425
Evangelical Protestant1,76924
Other-1
None6,583-
Kemper 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
Kemper County:

2.98 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Kemper County:

6.94 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 1
This county:

0.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Kemper County:

15.2%
Mississippi:

12.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Kemper County:

37.2%
State:

33.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 significantly below Mississippi state average. It is 2450370.6 times below 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 near Mississippi state average. It is 80% 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 Kemper 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) earthquake occurred 138.8 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 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 221.3 miles away from Kemper County center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 211.7 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 Kemper County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9

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 (%):

  • Mexico (33%)
  • Thailand (27%)
  • Germany (22%)
  • Canada (13%)
  • Netherlands (4%)

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

  • United States or American (14%)
  • English (5%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • German (1%)
  • African (1%)
  • Italian (1%)

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:

  • 309 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 81 people in nursing homes
  • 7 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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

  • 333 people in state prisons
  • 289 people in college/university student housing
  • 60 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 26 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $31,746.

4.31% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,361 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.31%
Mississippi average:

6.70%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.44% relocated from other counties in Mississippi ($25,992 average AGI)
0.88% relocated from other states ($5,368 average AGI)
Kemper County:

0.88%
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 Lauderdale County, MS  1.30% ($23,700 average AGI)
from Neshoba County, MS  0.45% ($32,857)
from Noxubee County, MS  0.32% ($53,100)


6.38% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,667 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.38%
Mississippi average:

6.88%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.98% relocated to other counties in Mississippi ($24,930 average AGI)
1.40% relocated to other states ($5,736 average AGI)
Kemper County:

1.40%
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 Lauderdale County, MS  2.38% ($28,973 average AGI)
to Neshoba County, MS  0.82% ($36,577)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 9.9

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.

1,339 married couples with children.
944 single-parent households (119 men, 825 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 542
  • 1990 to 1999: 800
  • 1980 to 1989: 872
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,049
  • 1960 to 1969: 570
  • 1950 to 1959: 273
  • 1940 to 1949: 264
  • 1939 or earlier: 310
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Kemper County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,759,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,081,000
    Police Protection: $562,000
    General - Other: $403,000
    Financial Administration: $402,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $402,000
    Central Staff Services: $360,000
    Solid Waste Management: $355,000
    Health - Other: $346,000
    General Public Buildings: $222,000
    Local Fire Protection: $124,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $81,000
    Parks and Recreation: $57,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $46,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $208,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Other Higher Education: $169,000
    Libraries: $33,000
    Health - Other: $21,000
    Central Staff Services: $10,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $172,000
    Solid Waste Management: $26,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,872,000

Kemper County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $2,711,000
    Solid Waste Management: $277,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $13,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $186,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $101,000
    Interest Earnings: $42,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,486,000
    General Local Government Support: $573,000
    Health and Hospitals: $226,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,699,000
    Other License: $71,000

Kemper County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,190,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,945,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $245,000

Kemper County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,702,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Kemper County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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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