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Smith County, Mississippi (MS)


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County population in 2012: 16,345 (all rural); it was 16,182 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,435
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,826
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,258
Renter-occupied apartments: 960 (it was 788 in 2000)
% of renters here:

13%
State:

30%

Land area: 636 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 26 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Smith County: 79.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.0%), Manufacturing (18.5%), Construction (11.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 20%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Smith County, Mississippi:


Median resident age:  39.0 years
Mississippi median age:  36.0 years

Males: 8,028  (47.9%)
Females: 8,463  (52.1%)

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Smith County,MS real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Smith County:

2.0 people
Mississippi:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $36,072 ($30,840 in 1999)
This county:

$36072
Mississippi:

$36646

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $329 (lower quartile is $259, upper quartile is $445)
This county:

$329
State:

$467


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $79,880 (it was $54,000 in 2000)
Smith County:

$79,880
Mississippi:

$98,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $40,317 - $125,616

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $132,741
Here:

$132,741
State:

$150,055

Townhouses or other attached units: $2,338,344
Here:

$2,338,344
State:

$180,099

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $1,096,549
Here:

$1,096,549
State:

$111,160

Mobile homes: $73,810
Here:

$73,810
State:

$37,232

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $14,026
Here:

$14,026
State:

$27,068
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $998
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $261

Institutionalized population: 88

Smith 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: $297 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $184 (0.3%)


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


Smith County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 18.6%
(13.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.5% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 49 years old, Asian residents: 25 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

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

16.9%
Whole state:

19.9%

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

6.2%
Whole state:

9.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Smith County is $386 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $455 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $547 a month.

Cities in this county include: Taylorsville, Raleigh, Mize, Polkville, Sylvarena.

Smith 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 Smith County: Ford (A), Ted (B), Old Taylorsville (C), Marathon Lake Recreation Area (D), Pineville Volunteer Fire Department (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Smith County include: New Liberty Church (A), New Sardis Church (B), Oak Grove Baptist Church (C), Old Bay Springs Church (D), Pine Valley Church (E), Pleasant Home Church (F), Center Ridge Church (G), Providence Church (H), Rocky Hill Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Terry Cemetery (1), Sylvan Grove Cemetery (2), Haile Cemetery (3), Gordan Cemetery (4), Good Hope Cemetery (5), Royals Cemetery (6), Rock Bluff Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Shongelo Lake (A), Beaver Lake (B), Marathon Lake (C), Lake Ross Barnett (D), Spring Lakes (E), Greentree Reservoir (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Beaverdam Creek (A), Tallabogue (B), Sullivans Hollow Creek (C), Buckhalter Branch (D), Beaver Creek (E), Beech Branch (F), Bowling Creek (G), Caney Creek (H), Cantwell Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Smith County: State Roadside Park Picnic Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Covington County , Jasper County , Jones County , Newton County , Rankin County , Scott County , Simpson County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 444
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 77 (25% naturalized citizens)

Smith County:

0.5%
Whole state:

1.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 49.2%

Smith County marital status for males
Smith County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Smith County with a mortgage: 1,322 (86 second mortgage, 58 home equity loan, 8 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,179

Here:

52.9% with mortgage
State:

62.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 70.35%
Here70.3%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 11,384
Total congregations: 71

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchBaptist Missionary Association of AmericaInterstate and Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptist AssociationChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)
Adherents9,275 (81.5%)1,009 (8.9%)451 (4.0%)228 (2.0%)165 (1.4%)
Congregations44 (62.0%)12 (16.9%)3 (4.2%)2 (2.8%)2 (2.8%)
NameChristian Churches and Churches of ChristCatholic ChurchPresbyterian Church in AmericaMennonite; Other GroupsOther
Adherents70 (0.6%)57 (0.5%)41 (0.4%)29 (0.3%)59 (0.5%)
Congregations1 (1.4%)1 (1.4%)1 (1.4%)1 (1.4%)4 (5.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Smith County - Taylorsville, Raleigh, Mize, Polkville, Sylvarena

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

3.76 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Smith County:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
This county:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Smith County:

1.25 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

12.0%
Mississippi:

12.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

33.2%
Mississippi:

33.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Smith County:

15.6%
State:

14.4%


Agriculture in Smith County:

Average size of farms: 143 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $212,280
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $263.49
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.02%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 97.82%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $145,366
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 12.27%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $47,719
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 97.39%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 21.50
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.04%
Corn for grain: 41 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 3 harvested acres
Vegetables: 485 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 193 acres

Tornado activity:

Smith County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Mississippi state average. It is 4.4 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 46 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 11/22/1992, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado injured 20 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Smith County-area historical earthquake activity is below Mississippi state average. It is 97% 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 71.1 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 50.7 miles away from the county center
On 6/24/1998 at 15:20:01, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 98.2 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 86.2 miles away from Smith County center
On 5/16/2008 at 18:39:14, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 78.6 miles away from the county center
On 5/21/2002 at 20:35:34, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 100.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Smith County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Wood products (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Truck transportation (7%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Transportation equipment (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Apparel (4%)
  • Food (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)

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




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





Smith County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,788 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 1,123 (18%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 26 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 10 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 66 (1%)
  • Other means: 93 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 308 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

88 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
19 people in group homes intended for adults

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $35,924.

5.73% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,131 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.73%
Mississippi average:

7.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.69% relocated from other counties in Mississippi ($22,327 average AGI)
1.04% relocated from other states ($5,804 average AGI)
Smith County:

1.04%
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 Simpson County, MS  0.73% ($23,030 average AGI)
from Jones County, MS  0.59% ($31,704)
from Rankin County, MS  0.57% ($35,538)
from Jasper County, MS  0.53% ($25,667)
from Scott County, MS  0.48% ($30,318)
from Harrison County, MS  0.35% ($15,000)
from Covington County, MS  0.26% ($20,167)


5.73% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,558 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.73%
Mississippi average:

8.35%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.47% relocated to other counties in Mississippi ($19,254 average AGI)
1.26% relocated to other states ($6,304 average AGI)
Smith County:

1.26%
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 Jones County, MS  0.71% ($23,000 average AGI)
to Simpson County, MS  0.68% ($32,161)
to Rankin County, MS  0.59% ($27,407)
to Jasper County, MS  0.37% ($17,118)
to Scott County, MS  0.37% ($23,294)
to Covington County, MS  0.33% ($25,600)
to Forrest County, MS  0.26% ($15,083)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9

Births per 1000 population in Smith County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Smith County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 11.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Smith County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,385 (1,763 aged, 622 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1189.440
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1176.980

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 6.54
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 31.14

Household type by relationship:

Households: 16,384

Size of family households: 1,938 2-persons, 1,098 3-persons, 879 4-persons, 411 5-persons, 178 6-persons, 99 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,468 1-person, 132 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 2 6-persons.

98.0% of residents of Smith County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 25% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (90% speak English very well, 1% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (75% speak English very well, 25% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $80,406,000 ($5071 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,231,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $35,742,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $17,120,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $203,000
Federal grants: $23,880,000
Federal procurement contracts: $419,000 ($25,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,043,000 ($932,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,357,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $5,437,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,717,000

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

Births: 1,127
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 835
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

51 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +19
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -410
Here -26 per 1000 residents
State -4 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Smith County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.65 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Smith County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 15
  • 2 rooms: 67
  • 3 rooms: 351
  • 4 rooms: 748
  • 5 rooms: 1,516
  • 6 rooms: 1,322
  • 7 rooms: 695
  • 8 rooms: 321
  • 9+ rooms: 223
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 42
  • 3 rooms: 83
  • 4 rooms: 252
  • 5 rooms: 181
  • 6 rooms: 142
  • 7 rooms: 60
  • 8 rooms: 21
  • 9+ rooms: 5
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Smith County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 53
  • 1 bedroom: 154
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,215
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,166
  • 4 bedrooms: 625
  • 5+ bedrooms: 45
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 111
  • 2 bedrooms: 309
  • 3 bedrooms: 300
  • 4 bedrooms: 55
  • 5+ bedrooms: 4
Cars and other vehicles available in Smith County, Mississippi in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 382
  • 1 vehicle: 1,489
  • 2 vehicles: 2,054
  • 3 vehicles: 878
  • 4 vehicles: 340
  • 5+ vehicles: 115
  • no vehicle: 113
  • 1 vehicle: 341
  • 2 vehicles: 255
  • 3 vehicles: 73
  • 4 vehicles: 6
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

70% of Smith County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 57% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 76% lived in Mississippi.

Smith County:

69.9%
State average:

59.0%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $43,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Smith County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (45.6%)
  • Electricity (37.4%)
  • Utility gas (12.4%)
  • Wood (4.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (50.3%)
  • Electricity (31.2%)
  • Utility gas (16.9%)
  • Wood (1.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 59
Here:

2.8%
Mississippi:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 63
Here:

6.2%
Mississippi:

10.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 50
Here:

12.3%
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

Smith County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Smith County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Smith County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Smith County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Smith 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 Smith County, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James13070.6 years
John10875.3 years
William10175.7 years
Robert7672.8 years
Mary6774.4 years
George4772.6 years
Willie4272.8 years
Annie3977.2 years
Charles3865.1 years
Joe3270.2 years
Most common last names in Smith County, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Sullivan10272.6 years
Craft9077.6 years
Thornton7277.6 years
Blakeney7073.0 years
Barnes6972.6 years
Jones6572.2 years
Blackwell5771.9 years
Johnson4672.9 years
Duckworth4473.9 years
Smith4479.1 years

Businesses in Smith County, MS



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