County population in 2012: 36,421 (30% urban, 70% rural); it was 38,014 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 5,789 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,161 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 11,539 Renter-occupied apartments: 3,535 (it was 3,064 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 764 sq. mi. Water area: 7.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 48 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Monroe County: 80.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.1%), Manufacturing (24.4%), Retail trade (11.6%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $434 (0.6%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $199 (0.3%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 20.9%
(11.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.1% for Black residents, 17.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.8% for American Indian residents, 79.2% 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: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 41 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Monroe County is $402 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $455 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $569 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Monroe County: Hamilton Landing (A), Smallwood Landing (B), Tatums Landing (C), Camp Wrenwoods (D), Wren Community Center and Library (E), Mount Nebo Community Center (F), Monroe County Home (G), Hamilton Public Library (H), Evans Memorial Library (I), Splunge Volunteer Fire Department (J), Southeast Monroe County Volunteer Fire Department (K), Cedar Creek Volunteer Fire Department (L), Rural Hill Volunteer Fire Department (M), Wren Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (N), Prairie Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (O), Prairie Volunteer Fire Department (P). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Monroe County include: New Hope Church (A), New Hope Christian Church (B), New Hope Church of Christ (C), New Point Church (D), New Prospect Church (E), Paine Memorial United Methodist Church (F), Pearce Church (G), Pine Grove Baptist Church (H), Pine Grove United Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Cedar Grove Cemetery (1), Center Cemetery (2), Marchbanks Cemetery (3), Howell Cemetery (4), Le Noir Cemetery (5), Cockerham Cemetery (6), Coleman Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Shaw Lake (A), Malone Lake (B), Lake Whiteside (C), Weeks Lake (D), Lake Thomas (E), Richardson Lake (F), Scribner Lake (G), None (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Blue Water Creek (A), Alsup Creek (B), Weaver Creek (C), Cedar Grove Creek (D), Cedar Creek (E), Caldwell Branch (F), Buttahatchee River (G), Sipsey Creek (H), Butler Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Monroe County include: McKinley Creek Access Area (1), Glenhaven Roadside Park (2), Morgan Landing Access Area (3), Smithville Recreation Area (4), Amory Recreation Area (5), Becker Bottoms Access Area (6), Blue Bluff Recreation Area (7), Coontail Road Access Area (8), Halfway Creek Access Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 257 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $44,252 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $165.99 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.67% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 61.15% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $40,529 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 40.32% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.11% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $45,722 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.71% Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.04 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.38% Corn for grain: 11483 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 1060 harvested acres Upland cotton: 19401 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 27268 harvested acres Vegetables: 102 harvested acres Land in orchards: 56 acres
Monroe County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 2.9 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 fatalities and 87 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 2/16/1956, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 55 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
Monroe County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Mississippi state average. It is 87% 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 79.5 miles away from the county center On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 40.0 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 92.5 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 75.0 miles away from Monroe County center On 11/28/1999 at 11:00:09, a magnitude 3.8 (3.5 MB, 3.8 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 79.2 miles away from the county center On 5/28/1995 at 15:28:36, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 62.5 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)
Most recent natural disasters:
Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Associated Flooding, Incident Period: April 15, 2011 to April 28, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1972): April 29, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1972, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: April 23, 2010 to April 24, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1906): April 29, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1906, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Mississippi Hurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1604): August 29, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1604, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Mississippi Hurricane Dennis, Incident Period: July 10, 2005 to July 15, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1594): July 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1594, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Mississippi Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 13, 2004 to September 20, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1550): September 15, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1550, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and High Winds, Incident Period: May 5, 2003 to May 8, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1470): May 23, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1470, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Wind
Mississippi Severe Storms and Tornadoes, Incident Period: November 10, 2002 to November 11, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1443): November 14, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1443, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
Mississippi Tornadoes and Severe Storms, Incident Period: February 16, 2001 to March 15, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1360): February 23, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1360, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
Mississippi Severe Winter Storms, Ice and Freezing Rain, Incident Period: December 23, 1998 to December 26, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1265): January 25, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1265, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Freeze
Mississippi Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornado, Incident Period: April 26, 1991 to May 31, 1991, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-906): May 17, 1991, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-906, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
5 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Monroe County (15) is greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14 Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 8, Floods: 7, Hurricanes: 3, Winds: 2, Drought: 1, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Freeze: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.6 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.6
Births per 1000 population in Monroe County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population in Monroe County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 14.4 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Monroe County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 6,331 (4,879 aged, 1,452 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.27 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10562.1 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 316.230 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 49197.57
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1493.210 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1212.070 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 13.26
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20.91 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 55.7
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.96
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 87.4. This is less than state average.
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 31,784 (6,545 male householders, 3,689 female householders)
6,953 spouses, 11,103 children (10,110 natural, 264 adopted, 729 stepchildren), 1,551 grandchildren, 379 brothers or sisters, 251 parents, 434 other relatives, 685 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 4,797 (1,857 male householders (1,585 living alone)), 2,394 female householders (2,239 living alone)), 546 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 408 (397 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 4,412 2-persons, 2,536 3-persons, 1,918 4-persons, 846 5-persons, 323 6-persons, 199 7-or-more-persons.
97.7% of residents of Monroe County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (75% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (41% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 24% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $209,718,000 ($5527 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $7,257,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $97,298,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $50,344,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,193,000 Federal grants: $48,205,000 Federal procurement contracts: $1,815,000 ($56,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $6,863,000 ($2,290,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $1,276,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $5,804,000 Federal Government insurance: $25,783,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
70 per 1000 residents
78 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
51 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +18
+0 per 1000 residents
+4 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -909
-24 per 1000 residents
-4 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Monroe County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.28 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 261
2000 to 2004: 976
1990 to 1999: 2,691
1980 to 1989: 2,656
1970 to 1979: 3,269
1960 to 1969: 3,021
1950 to 1959: 1,965
1940 to 1949: 967
1939 or earlier: 1,062
Rooms in houses/apartments in Monroe County, Mississippi
65% of Monroe 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, 61% lived in Mississippi.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 31393
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $33,500
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 Monroe County