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County population in 2012: 14,322 (67% urban, 33% rural); it was 13,427 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,769
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,463
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,420
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,948 (it was 1,963 in 2000)
% of renters here:

36%
State:

31%

Land area: 413 sq. mi.
Water area: 15.7 sq. mi.
Population density: 35 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mississippi County: 79.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (25.4%), Retail trade (11.7%), Manufacturing (11.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 74%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Median resident age:  39.0 years
Missouri median age:  37.0 years

Males: 7,692  (43.7%)
Females: 6,666  (56.3%)

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Average household size:
Mississippi County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $27,437 ($23,012 in 1999)
This county:

$27437
Missouri:

$45229

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $297 (lower quartile is $187, upper quartile is $383)
This county:

$297
State:

$520


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $66,890 (it was $45,200 in 2000)
Mississippi County:

$66,890
Missouri:

$139,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $36,749 - $103,770

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $103,728
Here:

$103,728
State:

$180,542

Townhouses or other attached units: $362,101
Here:

$362,101
State:

$174,118

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $51,360
Here:

$51,360
State:

$127,773

Mobile homes: $41,580
Here:

$41,580
State:

$37,932
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,008
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $230

Institutionalized population: 1,848

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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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: $513 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $464 (0.8%)


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


Mississippi County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 27.9%
(20.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 56.7% for Black residents, 35.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 35.7% for other race residents, 44.1% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 40 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

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

23.7%
Whole state:

11.7%

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

11.3%
Whole state:

5.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Mississippi County is $354 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $464 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $612 a month.

Cities in this county include: Charleston, East Prairie, Bertrand, Wyatt, Anniston, Wilson City, Pinhook.

Mississippi County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Local government website: WWW.MISSCOMO.NET

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Mississippi County: Pritchard Landing (A), Norfolk Landing (B), Belmont (C), McFadden Landing (D), O'Bryan Landing (E), Parker Landing (F), Thompson Landing (G), Rodney (H), Defield (I), Three States Landing (J), Medley Landing (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Mississippi County include: Dorena Church (A), Dogwood Church (B), Bridges Church (C), Gravel Ridge Church (D), Saint Francis de Dales Church (E), Rush Ridge Church (F), Saint Pauls Church (G), Pulltight Church (H), Saint Mattews Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Griggs Cemetery (1), Lee Cemetery (2), O'Bryan Cemetery (3), Lee Cemetery (4), Wolf Island Cemetery (5), Allen Cemetery (6), Armour Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Tenmile Pond (A), Otter Pond (B), Sixmile Ponds (C), Tom Bird Blue Hole (D), Dorena Crevasse (E), Fish Lake (F), Nolen Blue Hole (G), Henson Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Lake Bayou (A), Dry Bayou (B), Stevenson Bayou (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Mississippi County include: Big Oak Tree State Park (1), Towosahgy State Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Alexander County, Illinois , Ballard County, Kentucky , Carlisle County, Kentucky , Fulton County, Kentucky , Hickman County, Kentucky , New Madrid County , Scott County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 311
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 61.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 69 (54% naturalized citizens)

Mississippi County:

0.5%
Whole state:

2.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 64.7%

Mississippi County marital status for males
Mississippi County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Mississippi County with a mortgage: 1,425 (70 second mortgage, 91 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,437

Here:

49.8% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 47.07%
Here47.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,320
Total congregations: 30

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristCatholic ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents3,405 (53.9%)866 (13.7%)477 (7.5%)440 (7.0%)334 (5.3%)
Congregations9 (30.0%)6 (20.0%)2 (6.7%)1 (3.3%)2 (6.7%)
NameSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchInternational Pentecostal Holiness ChurchChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)National Association of Free Will BaptistsOther
Adherents220 (3.5%)136 (2.2%)115 (1.8%)106 (1.7%)221 (3.5%)
Congregations1 (3.3%)2 (6.7%)1 (3.3%)1 (3.3%)5 (16.7%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Mississippi County - Charleston, East Prairie, Bertrand, Wyatt, Anniston

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

3.68 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.


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

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

5.89 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Mississippi County:

8.09 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.9%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

30.0%
Missouri:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Mississippi County:

15.4%
State:

13.5%


Agriculture in Mississippi County:

Average size of farms: 1100 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $267,244
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $247.45
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 2.72%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $212,494
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 95.51%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $312,739
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 68.42%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 0.61
Corn for grain: 54575 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 50104 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 640 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 178661 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,045 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Mississippi County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Missouri state average. It is 4.9 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 3 fatalities and 66 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/22/1981, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 32 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Mississippi County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Missouri state average. It is 79% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 25.0 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 33.4 miles away from the county center
On 9/29/1987 at 00:04:56, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 10.3 miles away from the county center
On 4/27/1989 at 16:47:49, a magnitude 4.7 (4.6 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 62.8 miles away from Mississippi County center
On 2/5/1994 at 14:55:37, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 LG, 4.2 MD, Depth: 9.9 mi) earthquake occurred 37.4 miles away from the county center
On 11/29/1996 at 05:41:33, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 LG, 4.1 LG, Depth: 12.6 mi) earthquake occurred 72.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Mississippi County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (15%)
  • Truck transportation (12%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Metal and metal products (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Plastics and rubber products (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (12%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Cashiers (4%)

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




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





Mississippi County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,952 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 910 (17%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 5 (0%)
  • Taxi: 9 (0%)
  • Walked: 141 (3%)
  • Other means: 108 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 158 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $34,782.

5.78% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($25,437 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.78%
Missouri average:

7.87%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.65% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($16,838 average AGI)
2.13% relocated from other states ($8,599 average AGI)
Mississippi County:

2.13%
Missouri average:

2.98%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Scott County, MO  1.66% ($24,620 average AGI)
from Cape Girardeau County, MO  0.47% ($46,900)
from New Madrid County, MO  0.40% ($19,824)


5.99% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,027 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.99%
Missouri average:

7.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.99% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($18,471 average AGI)
2.01% relocated to other states ($7,556 average AGI)
Mississippi County:

2.01%
Missouri average:

2.81%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Scott County, MO  1.84% ($24,114 average AGI)
to Cape Girardeau County, MO  0.54% ($34,870)
to New Madrid County, MO  0.33% ($38,000)
to Stoddard County, MO  0.30% ($34,769)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.8

Births per 1000 population in Mississippi County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Mississippi County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Mississippi County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,728 (2,122 aged, 606 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1706.010
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1404.520
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 29.41

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 29.86
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 66.18

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14.71

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 12,484

Size of family households: 1,557 2-persons, 858 3-persons, 596 4-persons, 259 5-persons, 107 6-persons, 65 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,529 1-person, 179 2-persons, 18 3-persons, 9 4-persons, 3 5-persons.

99.1% of residents of Mississippi County speak English at home.
0.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (86% speak English very well, 14% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (25% speak English very well, 45% speak English well, 29% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $123,649,000 ($9027 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $880,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $37,031,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $22,504,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,611,000
Federal grants: $52,764,000
Federal procurement contracts: $534,000 ($4,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,206,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,084,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,578,000
Federal Government insurance: $53,420,000

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

Births: 1,046
Here:

77 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 919
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +9
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +53
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Mississippi County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.54 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Mississippi County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 15
  • 3 rooms: 87
  • 4 rooms: 632
  • 5 rooms: 976
  • 6 rooms: 748
  • 7 rooms: 533
  • 8 rooms: 254
  • 9+ rooms: 175
  • 1 room: 13
  • 2 rooms: 53
  • 3 rooms: 240
  • 4 rooms: 574
  • 5 rooms: 611
  • 6 rooms: 265
  • 7 rooms: 95
  • 8 rooms: 61
  • 9+ rooms: 51
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mississippi County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 5
  • 1 bedroom: 109
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,164
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,665
  • 4 bedrooms: 357
  • 5+ bedrooms: 120
  • no bedroom: 26
  • 1 bedroom: 344
  • 2 bedrooms: 874
  • 3 bedrooms: 569
  • 4 bedrooms: 109
  • 5+ bedrooms: 41
Cars and other vehicles available in Mississippi County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 235
  • 1 vehicle: 1,236
  • 2 vehicles: 1,424
  • 3 vehicles: 411
  • 4 vehicles: 72
  • 5+ vehicles: 42
  • no vehicle: 626
  • 1 vehicle: 746
  • 2 vehicles: 459
  • 3 vehicles: 107
  • 4 vehicles: 16
  • 5+ vehicles: 9

60% of Mississippi County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 67% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 55% lived in Missouri.

Mississippi County:

60.4%
State average:

54.3%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $28,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Mississippi County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (56.6%)
  • Electricity (21.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.8%)
  • Wood (1.8%)
  • Utility gas (60.6%)
  • Electricity (20.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 33
Here:

2.1%
Missouri:

13.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 15
Here:

1.9%
Missouri:

11.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 46
Here:

16.9%
Missouri:

24.9%

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

Mississippi County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Mississippi County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Mississippi County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Mississippi County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Mississippi County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James19670.7 years
John17375.5 years
William16673.3 years
Mary13877.3 years
Robert10371.7 years
Charles10071.6 years
Willie8176.9 years
George7971.4 years
Thomas4974.4 years
Henry4677.2 years
Most common last names in Mississippi County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson8371.8 years
Brown8274.8 years
Smith7976.7 years
Williams7671.5 years
Jones7574.0 years
Jackson5576.4 years
Davis4777.0 years
Moore4677.9 years
Miller4073.2 years
Wilson4075.5 years
Businesses in Mississippi County, MO
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Pizza Hut1
Econo Lodge1Quality1
FedEx3Quiznos1
H&R Block1RadioShack1
La-Z-Boy1U-Haul1
McDonald's1UPS2
Browse common businesses in Mississippi County, MO

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