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Jasper County, Mississippi

Jasper County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Jasper 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 William Jasper
Seat Bay Springs and Paulding
Largest city Bay Springs
 • Total 677 sq mi (1,753 km2)
 • Land 676 sq mi (1,751 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3 km2), 0.2%
 • (2010) 17,062
 • Density 25/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Jasper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,062.[1] Its county seats are Bay Springs and Paulding.[2] Jasper County is part of the Laurel, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
    • National protected area 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • City 4.1
    • Towns 4.2
    • Unincorporated communities 4.3
  • In popular culture 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Jasper County was formed in 1833 from the middle section of what been Jones County. It was named for Sgt. William Jasper[3] who first distinguished himself in the defense of Fort Moultrie in 1776. When a shell from a British warship shot away the flagstaff, he recovered the flag, raised it on a temporary staff, and held it under fire until a new staff was installed. Sgt. Jasper was killed in the Siege of Savannah in 1779.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 677 square miles (1,750 km2), of which 676 square miles (1,750 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,062 people residing in the county. 52.6% were Black or African American, 46.3% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.4% of some other race and 0.6% of two or more races. 0.8% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 18,149 people, 6,708 households, and 4,957 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 7,671 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 52.88% Black or African American, 46.47% White, 0.07% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,708 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.90% were married couples living together, 18.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,441, and the median income for a family was $29,951. Males had a median income of $27,183 versus $17,260 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,889. About 19.30% of families and 22.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.90% of those under age 18 and 23.70% of those age 65 or over.




Unincorporated communities

In popular culture

Jasper County is featured in the 1999 episode Trevor, of the science fiction television series, The X-Files.

The Veteran's Story is a book written by Ada Christine Lightsey. The subject of the book is American Civil War veteran Ransom Lightsey and Company F (Jasper Grays), 16th Mississippi Infantry Regiment.[11]

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. 168. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 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 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ Lightsey, Ada Christine (1899). The Veteran's Story. Meridian, Miss.: The Meridian News. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 

External links

  • Jasper County Courthouse Pictures
  • History of Jasper County
  • Jasper County, MS Register of Motor Vehicles & Motorcyles [sic] (MUM00242) at the University of Mississippi, Archives and Special Collections.

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