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Union County, Mississippi (MS)


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County population in 2012: 27,414 (24% urban, 76% rural); it was 25,362 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,299
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,312
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 7,598
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,706 (it was 2,188 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

30%

Land area: 415 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 66 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Union County: 80.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (24.1%), Educational,health and social services (20.8%), Retail trade (11.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 8%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Union County, Mississippi:


Median resident age:  37.0 years
Mississippi median age:  36.0 years

Males: 13,255  (45.2%)
Females: 13,879  (54.8%)

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Recent posts about Union County, Mississippi on our local forum with over 1,500,000 registered users. Union County is mentioned 15 times on our forum:
Toyota plant in Blue Springs, MS  (4359 replies)
Concerns about relocating to Tupelo, Ms  (10 replies)
Union County MS Schools  (7 replies)
Relocating to Mississippi  (48 replies)
Relocating to the Tupelo area  (26 replies)
Myrtle, Mississsippi, Victorian Home  (15 replies)

Average household size:
Union County:

2.0 people
Mississippi:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $38,227 ($32,682 in 1999)
This county:

$38227
Mississippi:

$36646

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $404 (lower quartile is $286, upper quartile is $517)
This county:

$404
State:

$467


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $84,919 (it was $61,800 in 2000)
Union County:

$84,919
Mississippi:

$98,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $51,644 - $135,648

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $136,166
Here:

$136,166
State:

$150,055

Townhouses or other attached units: $56,071
Here:

$56,071
State:

$180,099

Mobile homes: $50,457
Here:

$50,457
State:

$37,232

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $111,795
Here:

$111,795
State:

$27,068
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $954
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $305

Institutionalized population: 259

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Union 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: $381 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $210 (0.3%)


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


Union County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 17.8%
(15.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.4% for Black residents, 38.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.4% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 39.1% for other race residents, 6.9% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 37 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 39 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 29 years old, Asian residents: 28 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

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

12.6%
Whole state:

19.9%

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

3.8%
Whole state:

9.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Union County is $428 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $474 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $567 a month.

Cities in this county include: New Albany, Myrtle, Blue Springs.

Union County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Union County: Camp Armstrong (A), New Albany Country Club (B), Oaks Country Club (C), Southeast Union Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (D), Center Volunteer Fire Department (E), East Union Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (F), East Union Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (G), Alpine Volunteer Fire Department (H), Pinedale Volunteer Fire Department (I), West Union Volunteer Fire Department (J), Southeast Union Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (K), Northeast Union Rural Fire Department Station 2 (L), Northeast Union Rural Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (M), Ingomar Volunteer Fire Department (N), North Haven Volunteer Fire Department (O). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Union County include: Oak Grove Church (A), Oak View Church (B), Pleasant Grove Church (C), Pleasant Hill Church (D), Prospect Church (E), Beaver Dam Church (F), Stewarts Chapel (G), Wallerville Baptist Church (H), Union Hill Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Carr Cemetery (1), New Harmony Cemetery (2), Wilkins Cemetery (3), Wells Chapel Cemetery (4), Wallersville Cemetery (5), Salem Cemetery (6), Pleasant Ridge Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Springdale Lakes (A), Smith Lake (B), Barnes Lake (C), Lake Lynda (D), County Lake (E), Ayers Lake (F), Mill Lake (G), Darden Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Creek (A), Camp Branch (B), Caldwell Creek (C), Bussel Creek (D), Tywhiskey Creek (E), Terry Creek (F), Spout Spring Branch (G), Spencer Creek (H), Smith Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Benton County , Lafayette County , Lee County , Marshall County , Pontotoc County , Prentiss County , Tippah County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 819
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 68.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 449 (43% naturalized citizens)

Union County:

1.8%
Whole state:

1.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 58.5%

Union County marital status for males
Union County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Union County with a mortgage: 2,741 (234 second mortgage, 124 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,037

Here:

57.4% with mortgage
State:

62.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 84.04%
Here84.0%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 21,314
Total congregations: 72

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChurches of ChristAssociation Reformed Presbyterian ChurchOther
Adherents16,445 (77.2%)2,994 (14.0%)483 (2.3%)437 (2.1%)955 (4.5%)
Congregations41 (56.9%)15 (20.8%)5 (6.9%)3 (4.2%)8 (11.1%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Union County - New Albany, Myrtle, Blue Springs

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

2.23 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Union County:

0.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.

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

0.37 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.

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

5.21 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Union County:

3.35 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.9%
Mississippi:

12.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

30.8%
Mississippi:

33.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Union County:

17.0%
State:

14.4%


Agriculture in Union County:

Average size of farms: 170 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $12,195
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $125.22
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 52.23%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $10,569
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 27.36%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $26,198
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.38%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.21
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.70%
Corn for grain: 3767 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 250 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 1794 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 22588 harvested acres
Vegetables: 57 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Union County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Mississippi state average. It is 4.2 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 16 fatalities and 110 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/21/1984, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed 15 people and injured 76 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Union County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Mississippi state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 85.1 miles away from the county center
On 5/10/2008 at 17:52:50, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 MD, Depth: 0.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 13.7 miles away from the county center
On 4/3/1992 at 03:06:03, a magnitude 3.5 (3.2 LG, 3.5 LG, Depth: 7.8 mi) earthquake occurred 96.5 miles away from the county center
On 8/29/1990 at 19:34:59, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.5 MD, Depth: 8.1 mi) earthquake occurred 100.0 miles away from Union County center
On 5/28/2000 at 11:32:07, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 82.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


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

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (25%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Truck transportation (7%)
  • Machinery (5%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (22%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (11%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)

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




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





Union County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 9,302 (83%)
  • Carpooled: 1,606 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 9 (0%)
  • Taxi: 6 (0%)
  • Walked: 99 (1%)
  • Other means: 78 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 133 (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

People in group quarters in Union County, Mississippi in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $40,211.

6.11% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($27,596 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.11%
Mississippi average:

7.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.49% relocated from other counties in Mississippi ($20,519 average AGI)
1.62% relocated from other states ($7,076 average AGI)
Union County:

1.62%
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 Lee County, MS  1.02% ($40,989 average AGI)
from Pontotoc County, MS  0.90% ($25,152)
from Tippah County, MS  0.71% ($22,778)
from Prentiss County, MS  0.23% ($23,200)
from Lafayette County, MS  0.22% ($28,947)
from Benton County, MS  0.20% ($19,944)
from Shelby County, TN  0.19% ($36,000)


5.73% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,221 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.73%
Mississippi average:

8.35%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.43% relocated to other counties in Mississippi ($22,288 average AGI)
1.30% relocated to other states ($6,932 average AGI)
Union County:

1.30%
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 Pontotoc County, MS  1.07% ($29,223 average AGI)
to Lee County, MS  1.06% ($30,538)
to Tippah County, MS  0.49% ($27,302)
to Lafayette County, MS  0.28% ($27,960)
to Benton County, MS  0.24% ($29,000)
to Prentiss County, MS  0.23% ($21,350)
to Shelby County, TN  0.17% ($35,200)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.5

Births per 1000 population in Union County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Union County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 13.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Union County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,429 (3,369 aged, 1,060 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.78
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 17123.52
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 578.470
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 63926.8

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1299.280
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 899.790

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20.98
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 82.14

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 3.73

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 26,851

Size of family households: 3,067 2-persons, 1,836 3-persons, 1,471 4-persons, 743 5-persons, 242 6-persons, 120 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,500 1-person, 287 2-persons, 27 3-persons, 17 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 2 6-persons.

96.5% of residents of Union County speak English at home.
2.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (43% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 39% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (47% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 24% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $126,612,000 ($4787 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,472,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $62,194,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $28,087,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,335,000
Federal grants: $29,191,000
Federal procurement contracts: $980,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,826,000 ($601,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,812,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,220,000
Federal Government insurance: $2,734,000

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

Births: 1,906
Here:

71 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,440
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

51 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +161
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +836
Here +31 per 1000 residents
State -4 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Union County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.99 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Union County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 9
  • 2 rooms: 63
  • 3 rooms: 248
  • 4 rooms: 821
  • 5 rooms: 2,290
  • 6 rooms: 1,972
  • 7 rooms: 1,141
  • 8 rooms: 457
  • 9+ rooms: 597
  • 1 room: 29
  • 2 rooms: 43
  • 3 rooms: 252
  • 4 rooms: 718
  • 5 rooms: 600
  • 6 rooms: 331
  • 7 rooms: 141
  • 8 rooms: 74
  • 9+ rooms: 0
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Union County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 205
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,742
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,627
  • 4 bedrooms: 829
  • 5+ bedrooms: 186
  • no bedroom: 29
  • 1 bedroom: 216
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,114
  • 3 bedrooms: 728
  • 4 bedrooms: 73
  • 5+ bedrooms: 28
Cars and other vehicles available in Union County, Mississippi in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 433
  • 1 vehicle: 1,724
  • 2 vehicles: 3,245
  • 3 vehicles: 1,614
  • 4 vehicles: 446
  • 5+ vehicles: 136
  • no vehicle: 313
  • 1 vehicle: 1,025
  • 2 vehicles: 651
  • 3 vehicles: 153
  • 4 vehicles: 34
  • 5+ vehicles: 12

64% of Union County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 64% lived in Mississippi.

Union County:

63.9%
State average:

59.0%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $33,400


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 Union County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (51.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (25.0%)
  • Electricity (21.4%)
  • Wood (1.9%)
  • Utility gas (51.9%)
  • Electricity (31.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.6%)
  • Wood (1.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 99
Here:

3.2%
Mississippi:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 84
Here:

6.0%
Mississippi:

10.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 45
Here:

6.6%
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

Union County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Union County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Union County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Union County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Union 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 Union County, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James22873.4 years
William19573.8 years
Mary17677.8 years
John15476.7 years
Willie7776.7 years
Robert7571.3 years
Thomas7473.7 years
Annie5880.6 years
George4774.7 years
Ruby4482.7 years
Most common last names in Union County, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Hall8978.1 years
Smith7277.0 years
Hill6373.5 years
Williams6375.2 years
Roberts5578.9 years
Pannell5380.8 years
Jackson4971.9 years
Davis4776.6 years
Cobb4476.7 years
Robbins4376.5 years
Businesses in Union County, MS
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's1
Arby's1Pizza Hut1
AutoZone1RadioShack1
Baskin-Robbins1Rite Aid1
Burger King1SONIC Drive-In1
Comfort Inn1Sears1
FedEx2Subway1
GameStop1Taco Bell1
Goodwill1U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS1
Holiday Inn1Walgreens1
KFC1Walmart1
Lane Furniture1Wendy's1
Lowe's1

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