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Carroll County, Mississippi

Carroll County, Mississippi
Carroll County Courthouse
Map of Mississippi highlighting Carroll County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833
Named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Seat Carrollton (Northern District)
Vaiden (Southern District)
Largest town Vaiden
 • Total 635 sq mi (1,645 km2)
 • Land 628 sq mi (1,627 km2)
 • Water 6.3 sq mi (16 km2), 1.0%
 • (2010) 10,597
 • Density 17/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Swamp in Carroll County in winter

Carroll County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,597.[1] Its county seats are Carollton and Vaiden Mississippi.[2] The county is named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton,[3] the last surviving signatory of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Carroll County is part of the Greenwood, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is inside the Mississippi Delta, although most of its land is in the hill country.

It is the setting for the Porter Wagoner song "The Carroll County Accident", and was also mentioned in the third verse of Bobbie Gentry's 1967 hit song, "Ode to Billie Joe".


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent Counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Education 3
  • Communities 4
    • Towns 4.1
    • Unincorporated places 4.2
    • Notable people 4.3
  • See also 5
  • References 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 635 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 628 square miles (1,630 km2) is land and 6.3 square miles (16 km2) (1.0%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent Counties


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 10,769 people, 4,071 households, and 3,069 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,888 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 62.67% White, 36.61% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,071 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 15.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 22.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.01.

According to the census[10] of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in Carroll County were English 51%, African 38.6% and Scots-Irish 12.1%

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,878, and the median income for a family was $35,711. Males had a median income of $28,459 versus $19,695 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,744. About 13.70% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.30% of those under age 18 and 23.50% of those age 65 or over.


Carroll County School District is the area public school district.

Carroll Academy is an area private school which is financially supported by the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group.[11]

Pillow Academy in unincorporated Leflore County, near Greenwood, enrolls some students from Carroll County.[12] It originally was a segregation academy.[13]



Unincorporated places

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 70. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ Beirich, Heidi (28 October 2010). "White Supremacist Group Backs Private Academies in Mississippi". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Profile of Pillow Academy 2010-2011." Pillow Academy. Retrieved on March 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Lynch, Adam (18 November 2009). "Ceara’s Season".  

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