County population in 2012: 12,086 (all rural); it was 12,138 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,764 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,112 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,738 Renter-occupied apartments: 798 (it was 682 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 647 sq. mi. Water area: 3.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 19 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Perry County: 79.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.0%), Manufacturing (19.2%), Retail trade (13.8%), Construction (13.5%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $350 (0.4%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $306 (0.4%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 21.9%
(13.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 47.9% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 38 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 42 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 20 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Area name: Hattiesburg, MS MSA Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Perry County is $444 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $528 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $769 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Perry County: US Highway 98 Roadside Park (A), Fairly Bridge Landing (B), Fairley Bridge Landing (C), Moodys Landing (D), Pauls Stumps (E), Leaf River Boat Ramp (F), Old Augusta (G), Bogue Homo Creek Boat Ramp (H), Water Valley Sewage Lagoon (I), Ray Green Farm (J), Sweetwater (K), Davis KD Range (L), Erambert Seed Orchard (M), Paret Lot Work Center (N), Coopers Poultry Farm (O), Biloxi Regional Sewer Treatment Plant West (P), Cypress Creek Landing (Q), Old Augusta Boat Ramp (R), Arlington Volunteer Fire Department (S), Hintonville Volunteer Fire Department (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Perry County include: New Zion Church (A), Newhope Church (B), Prospect Church (C), Providence Church (D), Seminary Church (E), Bethel Church (F), Arlington Baptist Church (G), Bethlehem Missionary Church (H), Buck Creek Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Thomas Cemetery (1), Sylvester Cemetery (2), Sweetwater Cemetery (3), Stevens Cemetery (4), Isaiah Hinton Cemetery (5), Courtney Cemetery (6), James Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Blue Lake (A), American Legion Lake (B), Eddy Lake (C), Izola Lake (D), Perry Lake (E), Palmetto Lake (F), Grantham Lake (G), Breland Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bear Branch (A), Miles Branch (B), Water Prong (C), Mossy Creek (D), Sandy Run (E), Chattis Branch (F), Chatman Branch (G), Carter Branch (H), Buzzard Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Perry County include: Cypress Creek Landing Recreation Site (1), Janice Landing Recreation Site (2), Leaf River State Wildlife Management Area (3), Moodys Landing Recreation Area (4), Fairley Bridge Landing Recreation Area (5). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 106 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $36,586 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $116.56 The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 96.66% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $33,389 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 9.90% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.95% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $30,802 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 98.49% Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.39 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.23% Corn for grain: 195 harvested acres Vegetables: 71 harvested acres Land in orchards: 57 acres
Perry County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Mississippi state average. It is 1.7 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 4 fatalities and 27 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 2/26/1958, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed 4 people and injured 20 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
Perry County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Mississippi state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
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 53.2 miles away from the county center On 3/25/1996 at 14:15:50, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 66.1 miles away from the county center On 3/22/2005 at 08:11:50, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 69.7 miles away from the county center On 9/30/2003 at 02:28:03, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 87.3 miles away from Perry County center On 5/16/2008 at 18:39:14, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 60.4 miles away from the county center On 5/4/1997 at 03:39:12, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.4 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)
Most recent natural disasters:
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 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 Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornado, Incident Period: January 24, 1990 to March 15, 1990, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-859): February 28, 1990, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-859, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Mississippi SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, TORNADOES, Incident Period: April 16, 1983, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-678): April 16, 1983, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-678, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Mississippi HURRICANE FREDERIC, Incident Period: September 13, 1979, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-599): September 13, 1979, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-599, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Mississippi Drought and Freezing, Incident Period: February 22, 1977, Emergency Declared (EM-3032): February 22, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3032, Natural disaster type: Freeze, Drought
3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Perry County (13) is near the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11 Emergencies Declared: 2
Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Storms: 4, Floods: 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: 16.5 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.1
Births per 1000 population in Perry County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.1 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3
Deaths per 1000 population in Perry County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.6 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Perry County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,722 (1,245 aged, 477 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 8.17 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4274.270 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 179.8 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 32984.64
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1315.790 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 962.170 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16.45
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 16.95 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 16.45
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 10,690 (2,290 male householders, 1,078 female householders)
2,385 spouses, 3,695 children (3,362 natural, 131 adopted, 202 stepchildren), 535 grandchildren, 100 brothers or sisters, 70 parents, 175 other relatives, 281 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 1,458 (626 male householders (552 living alone)), 680 female householders (630 living alone)), 152 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 102 (70 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 1,375 2-persons, 825 3-persons, 685 4-persons, 307 5-persons, 107 6-persons, 69 7-or-more-persons.
97.7% of residents of Perry County speak English at home.
1.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (58% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 21% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (57% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 23% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $62,085,000 ($5074 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $1,617,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $28,597,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $13,287,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $371,000 Federal grants: $17,961,000 Federal procurement contracts: $445,000 ($96,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $1,425,000 ($55,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $407,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,715,000 Federal Government insurance: $8,267,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
75 per 1000 residents
78 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
51 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: 0
0 per 1000 residents
+4 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -224
-18 per 1000 residents
-4 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Perry County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.12 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: 39
2000 to 2004: 270
1990 to 1999: 1,403
1980 to 1989: 1,015
1970 to 1979: 1,109
1960 to 1969: 655
1950 to 1959: 341
1940 to 1949: 159
1939 or earlier: 318
Rooms in houses/apartments in Perry County, Mississippi
66% of Perry County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 45% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 78% lived in Mississippi.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 9961
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $32,900
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Perry County