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Perry County, Mississippi (MS)


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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:

15%
State:

30%

Land area: 647 sq. mi.
Water area: 3.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 19 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 74%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 5%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Perry County, Mississippi:


Median resident age:  38.0 years
Mississippi median age:  36.0 years

Males: 5,984  (48.4%)
Females: 6,266  (51.6%)

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Perry County,MS real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Perry County:

2.0 people
Mississippi:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $31,802 ($27,189 in 1999)
This county:

$31802
Mississippi:

$36646

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $302 (lower quartile is $194, upper quartile is $411)
This county:

$302
State:

$467


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $76,020 (it was $46,900 in 2000)
Perry County:

$76,020
Mississippi:

$98,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $38,343 - $127,537

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $99,200
Here:

$99,200
State:

$150,055

Townhouses or other attached units: $127,084
Here:

$127,084
State:

$180,099

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $29,127
Here:

$29,127
State:

$111,160

Mobile homes: $64,837
Here:

$64,837
State:

$37,232

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $63,117
Here:

$63,117
State:

$27,068
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $874
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $251

Institutionalized population: 70

Perry County, MS map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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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%)


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


Perry County contract rent distribution in 2009

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:
This county:

22.0%
Whole state:

19.9%

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

10.5%
Whole state:

9.1%

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.

Cities in this county include: Richton, Beaumont, New Augusta.

Perry 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 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

 

Neighboring counties: Forrest County , George County , Greene County , Jones County , Stone County , Wayne County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 326
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 72.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 7.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 55 (45% naturalized citizens)

Perry County:

0.5%
Whole state:

1.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 36.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 42.3%

Perry County marital status for males
Perry County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Perry County with a mortgage: 1,002 (112 second mortgage, 38 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 787

Here:

56.0% with mortgage
State:

62.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 60.78%
Here60.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 7,377
Total congregations: 43

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionBaptist Missionary Association of AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchNational Association of Free Will BaptistsOther
Adherents4,998 (67.8%)692 (9.4%)654 (8.9%)501 (6.8%)532 (7.2%)
Congregations19 (44.2%)5 (11.6%)5 (11.6%)6 (14.0%)8 (18.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Perry County - Richton, Beaumont, New Augusta

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

2.46 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Perry County:

0.82 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
This county:

11.47 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Perry County:

2.46 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.2%
Mississippi:

12.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

34.5%
Mississippi:

33.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Perry County:

14.4%
State:

14.4%


Agriculture in Perry County:

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

Tornado activity:

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.

Earthquake activity:

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:


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).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (18%)
  • Wood products (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Paper (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (4%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%)
  • Health care (22%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Material moving workers except laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)

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




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





Perry County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,500 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 778 (17%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 44 (1%)
  • Motorcycle: 10 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 50 (1%)
  • Other means: 68 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 113 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

70 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
32 people in group homes intended for adults

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $34,861.

6.76% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($27,950 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.76%
Mississippi average:

7.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.64% relocated from other counties in Mississippi ($19,360 average AGI)
2.12% relocated from other states ($8,590 average AGI)
Perry County:

2.12%
Mississippi average:

3.40%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Forrest County, MS  1.50% ($23,586 average AGI)
from Jones County, MS  0.67% ($26,731)
from Lamar County, MS  0.54% ($43,048)
from Greene County, MS  0.39% ($29,200)
from Jackson County, MS  0.28% ($21,455)


6.54% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($24,234 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.54%
Mississippi average:

8.35%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.75% relocated to other counties in Mississippi ($18,087 average AGI)
1.79% relocated to other states ($6,147 average AGI)
Perry County:

1.79%
Mississippi average:

3.96%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Forrest County, MS  2.13% ($22,232 average AGI)
to Lamar County, MS  0.49% ($21,263)
to Jones County, MS  0.39% ($21,333)
to Greene County, MS  0.31% ($33,833)

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:

Households: 12,148

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.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,182 1-person, 109 2-persons, 5 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 3 5-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:

Births: 911
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 647
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

51 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -224
Here -18 per 1000 residents
State -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:
Here:

5.3
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Perry County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 127
  • 3 rooms: 213
  • 4 rooms: 568
  • 5 rooms: 1,151
  • 6 rooms: 771
  • 7 rooms: 483
  • 8 rooms: 250
  • 9+ rooms: 168
  • 1 room: 13
  • 2 rooms: 99
  • 3 rooms: 130
  • 4 rooms: 158
  • 5 rooms: 171
  • 6 rooms: 70
  • 7 rooms: 28
  • 8 rooms: 4
  • 9+ rooms: 9
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Perry County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 15
  • 1 bedroom: 216
  • 2 bedrooms: 865
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,168
  • 4 bedrooms: 397
  • 5+ bedrooms: 77
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 162
  • 2 bedrooms: 273
  • 3 bedrooms: 190
  • 4 bedrooms: 33
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5
Cars and other vehicles available in Perry County, Mississippi in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 248
  • 1 vehicle: 983
  • 2 vehicles: 1,547
  • 3 vehicles: 697
  • 4 vehicles: 177
  • 5+ vehicles: 86
  • no vehicle: 182
  • 1 vehicle: 228
  • 2 vehicles: 220
  • 3 vehicles: 34
  • 4 vehicles: 18
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

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.

Perry County:

65.5%
State average:

59.0%


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


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
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (54.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (29.0%)
  • Utility gas (8.6%)
  • Wood (6.7%)
  • No fuel used (1.4%)
  • Electricity (46.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33.6%)
  • Utility gas (16.7%)
  • Wood (2.1%)
  • Other fuel (1.2%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 77
Here:

5.3%
Mississippi:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 17
Here:

2.0%
Mississippi:

10.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 67
Here:

21.8%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Perry County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Perry County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Perry County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Perry County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Perry 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 Perry County, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James8268.9 years
William7571.7 years
John6476.9 years
Mary6175.3 years
Willie4275.2 years
Robert3967.1 years
Annie3279.5 years
George3175.8 years
Henry2773.3 years
Charles2470.8 years
Most common last names in Perry County, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Hinton14375.0 years
Walley10073.6 years
Bolton9769.1 years
Smith7972.9 years
Brewer7271.4 years
Freeman6874.6 years
Edwards5669.1 years
Mcswain4973.2 years
Byrd4175.1 years
Jones4072.9 years

Businesses in Perry County, MS



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