County population in 2012: 55,295 (30% urban, 70% rural); it was 48,621 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 9,327 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 6,874 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 14,426 Renter-occupied apartments: 4,615 (it was 3,652 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 811 sq. mi. Water area: 7.6 sq. mi.
Population density: 69 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Pearl River County: 79.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.4%), Retail trade (12.5%), Construction (12.5%), Manufacturing (10.2%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $653 (0.5%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $299 (0.3%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 21.6%
(18.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 39.9% for Black residents, 14.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 40.2% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 55.4% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 38 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 30 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 36 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 27 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 Pearl River County is $401 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $480 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $586 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Pearl River County: Crosby Arboretum Nature Center (A), Lake Hills Golf Club (B), Crossroads Landing Boat Ramp (C), Sun Roamers Recreational Vehicle Resort (D), Clearwater Campground and Recreational Vehicle Park (E), Thomas School (F), Gum Landing (G), Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (H), Old Tar Landing (I), Leslies Landing (J), Byrd Line School (K), Gum Pond (L), Pearl River Golf Club (M), Pincote Pavilion (N), Hillsdale Golf Course (O), Mississippi Forestry Commission Pearl River County Office (P), Carriere Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (Q), North Central Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (R), Carriere Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 Sycamore Road (S), Carriere Volunteer Fire Department Station 4 Anchor Lake (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Pearl River County include: Newton Chapel (A), Oak Hill United Pentecostal Church (B), Olive Church (C), Pine Grove Church (D), Red Hill Church (E), White Sand Baptist Church (F), West Poplarville Baptist Church (G), New Palestine Baptist Church (H), Fords Creek Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Steep Hollow Cemetery (1), Smith Cemetery (2), Myrick Cemetery (3), Kennedy Cemetery (4), Martin Cemetery (5), Rouse Field Cemetery (6), McGehee Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Fish Lake (A), Horseshoe Lake (B), Blue Lake (C), Horseshoe Lake (D), Upper Cameron Lake (E), John Henry Lake (F), Baughman Lake (G), Spears Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Boardpile Branch (A), Black Creek (B), Big Creek (C), Big Brake (D), Beaverdam Creek (E), Baughman Creek (F), Chinquapin Creek (G), Jarrell Creek (H), Pink Smith Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Pearl River County include: Pearl River County Game Refuge (1), Wolf River Game Management Area (2), Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge (3), Walkiah Bluff Water Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 136 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $13,304 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $273.51 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 18.60% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 71.61% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $10,543 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.13% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $22,858 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.67% Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 21.26 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.96% Corn for grain: 613 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 90 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 93 harvested acres Vegetables: 54 harvested acres Land in orchards: 1,625 acres
Pearl River County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 2.7 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 37 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 2/19/1996, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 10 people and caused $700,000 in damages.
Pearl River County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Mississippi state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 12/20/2005 at 00:52:20, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 73.0 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)
Most recent natural disasters:
Mississippi Hurricane Gustav, Incident Period: August 28, 2008 to September 8, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1794): September 22, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1794, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
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 Katrina, Incident Period: August 27, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3213): August 28, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3213, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: April 6, 2003 to April 25, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1459): April 24, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1459, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Mississippi Tropical Storm Isidore, Incident Period: September 23, 2002 to October 6, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1436): October 1, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1436, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
Mississippi Tropical Storm Allison, Incident Period: June 6, 2001 to June 13, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1382): June 21, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1382, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
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 Hurricane Georges, Incident Period: September 28, 1998 to October 5, 1998, Emergency Declared (EM-3132): September 28, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3132, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Mississippi Hurricane Georges, Incident Period: September 25, 1998 to October 5, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1251): October 1, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1251, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Mississippi Severe Storm, Tornado, Flooding, Incident Period: May 8, 1995 to May 17, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1051): May 12, 1995, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1051, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
8 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Pearl River County (18) is greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15 Emergencies Declared: 3
Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 9, Tornadoes: 5, Storms: 5, Floods: 4, Tropical Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Flood: 1, Freeze: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.4 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.3
Births per 1000 population in Pearl River County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.7 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.9
Deaths per 1000 population in Pearl River County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.5 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Pearl River County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 8,002 (6,085 aged, 1,917 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.86 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 5363.170 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 407.060 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 33448.44
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1257.150 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 951.4
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 12.8 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 68.36
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.6
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 111.9. This is less than state average.
Mechanisms of suicide:
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
Firearm - 75.5
Other - 36.4
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 47,961 (10,519 male householders, 4,640 female householders)
11,244 spouses, 15,995 children (14,309 natural, 504 adopted, 1,182 stepchildren), 2,167 grandchildren, 449 brothers or sisters, 429 parents, 755 other relatives, 1,321 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 6,749 (2,789 male householders (2,285 living alone)), 2,868 female householders (2,518 living alone)), 1,092 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 1,124 (522 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 6,483 2-persons, 3,479 3-persons, 2,898 4-persons, 1,462 5-persons, 504 6-persons, 333 7-or-more-persons.
96.4% of residents of Pearl River County speak English at home.
1.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (74% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 48% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (71% speak English very well, 29% speak English well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $271,062,000 ($5229 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $20,134,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $140,566,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $72,892,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,048,000 Federal grants: $36,196,000 Federal procurement contracts: $9,402,000 ($7,027,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $10,957,000 ($3,736,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $1,486,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $20,199,000 Federal Government insurance: $54,198,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
67 per 1000 residents
78 per 1000 residents
48 per 1000 residents
51 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +53
+1 per 1000 residents
+4 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +3,048
+58 per 1000 residents
-4 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Pearl River County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.83 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: 1,924
2000 to 2004: 3,154
1990 to 1999: 5,075
1980 to 1989: 4,193
1970 to 1979: 4,110
1960 to 1969: 2,482
1950 to 1959: 1,370
1940 to 1949: 925
1939 or earlier: 1,416
Rooms in houses/apartments in Pearl River County, Mississippi
57% of Pearl River 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, 24% lived in Mississippi.
Pearl River County:
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 25365
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $54,600
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Pearl River County