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Sharkey County
Sharkey County courthouse in Rolling Fork
Sharkey County courthouse in Rolling Fork
Map of Mississippi highlighting Sharkey County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
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Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°53′N 90°49′W / 32.88°N 90.81°W / 32.88; -90.81
Country United States
State  Mississippi
Founded1876
Named for William L. Sharkey
Seat Rolling Fork
Largest cityRolling Fork
Area
 • Total435 sq mi (1,130 km2)
 • Land432 sq mi (1,120 km2)
 • Water3.4 sq mi (9 km2)  0.8%
Population
 ( 2020)
 • Total3,800
 • Density8.7/sq mi (3.4/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 ( Central)
 • Summer ( DST) UTC−5 ( CDT)
Congressional district 2nd
Website www.sharkeycounty.net

Sharkey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Part of the western border is formed by the Yazoo River. According to the 2020 census, the population was 3,800, [1] making it the second-least populous county in Mississippi. Its county seat is Rolling Fork. [2] The county is named after William L. Sharkey, the provisional Governor of Mississippi in 1865.

Sharkey County is located in the Mississippi Delta region.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 435 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 432 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.8%) is water. [3]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18806,306
18908,38232.9%
190012,17845.3%
191015,69428.9%
192014,190−9.6%
193013,877−2.2%
194015,43311.2%
195012,903−16.4%
196010,738−16.8%
19708,937−16.8%
19807,964−10.9%
19907,066−11.3%
20006,580−6.9%
20104,916−25.3%
20203,800−22.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [4]
1790-1960 [5] 1900-1990 [6]
1990-2000 [7] 2010-2013 [8]

2020 census

Sharkey County Racial Composition [9]
Race Num. Perc.
White 962 25.32%
Black or African American 2,671 70.29%
Asian 14 0.37%
Pacific Islander 3 0.08%
Other/Mixed 89 2.34%
Hispanic or Latino 61 1.61%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 3,800 people, 1,751 households, and 1,046 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,916 people living in the county. 71.0% were Black or African American, 27.9% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% of some other race and 0.4% or two or more races. 0.8% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

2000 census

As of the census [10] of 2000, there were 6,580 people, 2,163 households, and 1,589 families living in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km2). There were 2,416 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 69.32% Black or African American, 29.36% White, 0.18% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,163 households, out of which 36.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.00% were married couples living together, 26.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.56.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 33.00% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 20.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 88.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,285, and the median income for a family was $26,786. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $17,931 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,396. About 30.50% of families and 38.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.00% of those under age 18 and 24.20% of those age 65 or over.

Sharkey County has the tenth-lowest per capita income in Mississippi and the 73rd lowest in the United States.

Education

Communities

Crossing the Sunflower River by ferry southeast of Rolling Fork, 1965

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Politics

Sharkey County is, like the rest of the Mississippi Delta region, heavily Democratic. It has voted for the Democratic nominee for president in every election since 1976, and no Republican has broken 40% of the vote since George H. W. Bush in 1988.

United States presidential election results for Sharkey County, Mississippi [11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 688 31.52% 1,465 67.11% 30 1.37%
2016 692 31.60% 1,479 67.53% 19 0.87%
2012 737 29.11% 1,782 70.38% 13 0.51%
2008 873 31.23% 1,907 68.23% 15 0.54%
2004 1,120 36.21% 1,560 50.44% 413 13.35%
2000 1,074 37.00% 1,706 58.77% 123 4.24%
1996 906 34.59% 1,566 59.79% 147 5.61%
1992 1,008 36.63% 1,526 55.45% 218 7.92%
1988 1,277 43.00% 1,609 54.18% 84 2.83%
1984 1,487 43.76% 1,723 50.71% 188 5.53%
1980 996 32.97% 1,957 64.78% 68 2.25%
1976 1,024 41.81% 1,283 52.39% 142 5.80%
1972 1,426 67.94% 655 31.21% 18 0.86%
1968 249 10.34% 972 40.35% 1,188 49.32%
1964 1,116 89.71% 128 10.29% 0 0.00%
1960 313 31.08% 263 26.12% 431 42.80%
1956 211 25.36% 308 37.02% 313 37.62%
1952 600 60.73% 388 39.27% 0 0.00%
1948 10 1.29% 23 2.96% 745 95.76%
1944 24 3.32% 698 96.68% 0 0.00%
1940 18 2.35% 747 97.65% 0 0.00%
1936 7 1.22% 567 98.78% 0 0.00%
1932 0 0.00% 551 99.82% 1 0.18%
1928 36 7.05% 475 92.95% 0 0.00%
1924 34 8.65% 353 89.82% 6 1.53%
1920 7 2.98% 228 97.02% 0 0.00%
1916 6 2.36% 246 96.85% 2 0.79%
1912 3 1.79% 157 93.45% 8 4.76%

See also

References

  1. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Sharkey County, Mississippi". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 4, 2018.

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32°53′N 90°49′W / 32.88°N 90.81°W / 32.88; -90.81