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Montgomery County, Mississippi

Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. State of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population is 12,189. It was either named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada, or for Montgomery County, Tennessee, from which an early settler came. In that latter case, it would have been indirectly named for John Montgomery, a settler in Montgomery County, Tennessee, who founded the city of Clarksville, Tennessee in that county. Its county seat is Winona6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,056 km² (408 mi²). 1,054 km² (407 mi²) of it is land and 3 km² (1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.25% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 12,189 people, 4,690 households, and 3,367 families residing in the county. The population density is 12/km² (30/mi²). There are 5,402 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 54.25% White, 44.95% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 4,690 households out of which 32.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.50% are married couples living together, 18.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% are non-families. 26.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.10.

In the county the population is spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 86.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 81.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $25,270, and the median income for a family is $31,602. Males have a median income of $26,590 versus $17,639 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,040. 24.30% of the population and 21.90% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 34.80% are under the age of 18 and 25.40% are 65 or older.

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