Clay County, MS

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Population

19,990

0.779% decline

Median Age

39.4


Median Household Income

$34,118

2.94% growth

Poverty Rate

26.6%


Number of Employees

7,663

0.433% growth

Median Property Value

$81,200

0.49% decline

About

In 2017, Clay County, MS had a population of 20k people with a median age of 39.4 and a median household income of $34,118. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Clay County, MS declined from 20,147 to 19,990, a -0.779% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,142 to $34,118, a 2.94% increase.

The population of Clay County, MS is 59% Black or African American Alone, 39.2% White Alone, and 0.65% Asian Alone. 1.48% of the people in Clay County, MS speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Clay County, MS is $81,200, and the homeownership rate is 71.8%. Most people in Clay County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Clay County, MS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Clay County, MS employs 7.66k people. The largest industries in Clay County, MS are Manufacturing (1,843 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (952 people), and Retail Trade (895 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($47,038), Information ($46,875), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,658).

Median household income in Clay County, MS is $34,118. Males in Clay County, MS have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,636. The income inequality in Clay County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,118

2017 value

± $4,893

2.94%

1 Year Growth

± 19.1%

Households in Clay County, MS have a median annual income of $34,118, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $33,142 in 2016, which represents a 2.94% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323

Average Male Salary

± $1,698

$36,636

Average Female Salary

± $1,074

In 2017, full-time male employees in Clay County, MS made 1.43 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $45,496 ± $1,341

  2. Asian

    $44,270 ± $11,739

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,514 ± $48,157

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Clay County, MS workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Clay County, MS is from Mississippi.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.446

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.919% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Mississippi across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9505

  2. Census Tract 9501

  3. Census Tract 9502

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Clay County, MS was Census Tract 9505 with a value of $41,500, followed by Census Tract 9501 and Census Tract 9502, with respective values of $37,750 and $28,269.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Clay County, MS (5.24k out of 19.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    4,292 ± 409

  2. White

    861 ± 204

  3. Asian

    34 ± 101

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Clay County, MS is Black, followed by White and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

7.66k

2017 Value

± 569

0.433%

1 Year growth

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Clay County, MS grew at a rate of 0.433%, from 7.63k employees to 7.66k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Clay County, MS, are Production Occupations (1,050 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (859 people), and Management Occupations (618 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Clay County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Clay County, MS, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,050 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (859 people), and Management Occupations (618 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Clay County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.36 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.91 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.77 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Clay County, MS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,679), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($74,412), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($62,260).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.66k

2017 Value

± 569

0.433%

1 Year growth

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Clay County, MS grew at a rate of 0.433%, from 7.63k employees to 7.66k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Clay County, MS, are Manufacturing (1,843 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (952 people), and Retail Trade (895 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Clay County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Clay County, MS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Clay County, MS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,843 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (952 people), and Retail Trade (895 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Clay County, MS has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.38 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.94 times), and Utilities (1.76 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Clay County, MS, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($47,038), Information ($46,875), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,658).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $39.9B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $39.9B, followed by Textiles/leather with $25.1B and Mixed freight and $13.1B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Mississippi products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$187B

2015 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

48.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Mississippi trade was $187B. This is expected to increase 48.7% to $277B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Mississippi trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.4B

  2. $16.3B

  3. $15.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $34.4B, followed by Tennessee with $16.3B and Louisiana and $15.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Mississippi shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.9% of the population of Clay County, MS has health coverage, with 37.5% on employee plans, 24.9% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 9.91% on non-group plans, and 1.34% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Clay County, MS was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Clay County, MS see 2005 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.841% decrease from the previous year (2022 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 6617 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 662 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.1%). Additionally, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,005 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Clay County, MS see an average of 2,005 patients per year. This represents a 0.841% decrease from the previous year (2,022 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,646

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,045

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,690

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,021

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.1%

Uninsured

37.5%

Employer Coverage

24.9%

Medicaid

13.2%

Medicare

9.91%

Non-Group

1.34%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Clay County, MS declined by 14.4% from 15.3% to 13.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Clay County, MS changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.1% prevalence

  2. 17.8% prevalence

  3. 17.7% prevalence

Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 18.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Clay County, MS is home to a population of 20k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.545% of Clay County, MS residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Clay County, MS is composed of 11.8k Black or African American Alone residents (59%), 7.83k White Alone residents (39.2%), 130 Asian Alone residents (0.65%), 128 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.64%), 68 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.34%), 45 Two or More Races residents (0.225%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Clay County, MS are Spanish or Spanish Creole (204 speakers), Chinese (64 speakers), and German (9 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 16

In 2017, the median age of all people in Clay County, MS was 39.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Clay County, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Clay County, MS residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.545%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.685%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.545% of Clay County, MS residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Clay County, MS was 0.685%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    22,332 ± 3,655 people

  2. Vietnam

    4,461 ± 1,639 people

  3. India

    4,072 ± 1,566 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Clay County, MS was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Clay County, MS residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

99.6%

2017 Citizenship

99.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.6% of Clay County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Clay County, MS was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    11.8k ± 204

  2. White Alone

    7.83k ± 20

  3. Asian Alone

    130 ± 152

In 2017, there were 1.51 times more Black or African American Alone residents (11.8k people) in Clay County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.83k White Alone and 130 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Clay County, MS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    204 speakers (1.07%)

  2. Chinese

    64 speakers (0.336%)

  3. German

    9 speakers (0.0473%)

1.48% of Clay County, MS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Clay County, MS was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.07% of the overall population of Clay County, MS are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.336% speak Chinese and 0.0473% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    402 ± 113

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    137 ± 83

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    69 ± 59

Clay County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Clay County, MS was $81,200 in 2017, which is 0.373 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $81,600 to $81,200, a 0.49% decrease. The homeownership rate in Clay County, MS is 71.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Clay County, MS have an average commute time of 21.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Clay County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$34,118

Median Household Income

± $4,893

7.68k

Number of Households

± 547

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.68k households in Clay County, MS grew to $34,118 from the previous year's value of $33,142.

The following chart displays the households in Clay County, MS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$81,200

2017 Median

± $6,865

$81,600

2016 Median

± $6,059

In 2017, the median property value in Clay County, MS declined from to $81,200 from the previous year's value of $81,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Clay County, MS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Clay County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Clay County, MS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Clay County, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

71.8%

2017 Homeownership

68.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.8% of the housing units in Clay County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Clay County, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Clay County, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Clay County, MS have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

21.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Clay County, MS have a shorter commute time (21.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.88% of the workforce in Clay County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.9%

  2. Carpooled

    7.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.53%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Clay County, MS was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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