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Pearl River County, Mississippi


Pearl River County, Mississippi

Pearl River County, Mississippi
Pearl River County Courthouse in Poplarville
Seal of Pearl River County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Pearl River County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1890
Named for Pearl River
Seat Poplarville
Largest city Picayune
 • Total 819 sq mi (2,121 km2)
 • Land 811 sq mi (2,100 km2)
 • Water 8.0 sq mi (21 km2), 1.0%
 • (2010) 55,834
 • Density 69/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .net.pearlrivercountywww

Pearl River County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The population was 55,834 at the 2010 census.[1] Its county seat is Poplarville.[2]

Pearl River County comprises the Picayune, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the New Orleans-Metairie-Hammond, LA-MS Combined Statistical Area.

Pearl River County is a dry county,[3] and as such, the sale, transportation, and even private possession of beverage alcohol is prohibited by law,[4] except within The City of Picayune (which has exempted itself). The City of Poplarville passed a similar exemption referendum on March 25, 2014.[5]

On September 2, 2005, the 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery (Ohio Army National Guard) arrived at the National Guard armory in Poplarville to assist the community and Pearl River County in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Initial efforts were the security of banks, pharmacies and gas stations as well as initial responses to rural emergencies. The unit stayed for three weeks ultimately checking on many families and structures in the county.[6]


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties and parishes 1.2
    • National protected areas 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Government 3
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Unincorporated communities 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 819 square miles (2,120 km2), of which 811 square miles (2,100 km2) is land and 8.0 square miles (21 km2) (1.0%) is water.[7] It is the fourth-largest county in Mississippi by land area.

Major highways

Adjacent counties and parishes

National protected areas


As of the 2010 census Pearl River County had a population of 55,834. The ethnic and racial make-up of the population was 82.2% non-Hispanic white, 12.3% African-American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% non-Hispanic from some other race, 1.7% from two or more races (0.5% reporting being white and black) and 2.9% Hispanic or Latino.[13]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 48,621 people, 18,078 households, and 13,576 families residing in the county. The population density was 60 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 20,610 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.55% White, 12.18% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,078 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 12.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,912, and the median income for a family was $35,924. Males had a median income of $30,370 versus $21,519 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,160. About 15.50% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.


Supervisors: Anthony Hales, District 1, Malcolm Perry, District 2, Dennis Dedeaux, District 3, J. Patrick Lee, District 4, Sandy Kane Smith, District 5

David Allison, Sheriff, Vickie P. Hariel, Circuit Clerk, David Earl Johnson, Chancery Clerk, Gary Beech, Tax Assessor,

State Legislature: Senator Angela Burks-Hill, Senator Tony Smith, Senator Billy Hudson, Rep. Herb Frierson, Rep. Mark Formby, Rep. Timmy Ladner

Currently District 1 Supervisor Anthony Hales is the only Democrat serving in an elected position in Pearl River County.



Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Alcoholic Beverage Wet-Dry Map". Mississippi Department of Revenue. 
  4. ^ Mississippi Code §67-1-9, §67-3-13.
  5. ^ Poplarville voters decide to turn the dry city wet. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  6. ^ The Buckeye Response: Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Answer the Call Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ 2010 census report for Pearl River County
  14. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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