DeSoto County, MS

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2019 Population
178,975
1.61% 1-year growth
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
36.8
0.272% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
9.17%
1.06% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$67,038
2.87% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$168,500
4.01% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
88,982
1.63% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, DeSoto County, MS had a population of 179k people with a median age of 36.8 and a median household income of $67,038. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of DeSoto County, MS grew from 176,132 to 178,975, a 1.61% increase and its median household income grew from $65,169 to $67,038, a 2.87% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in DeSoto County, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (27.2%), White (Hispanic) (2.46%), Other (Hispanic) (1.95%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.8%). 0% of the households in DeSoto County, MS speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

98% of the residents in DeSoto County, MS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in DeSoto County, MS are Delta Technical College (706 degrees awarded in 2019) and Concorde Career College-Southaven (244 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in DeSoto County, MS was $168,500, and the homeownership rate was 74%. Most people in DeSoto County, MS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.7 minutes. The average car ownership in DeSoto County, MS was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

DeSoto County, MS is home to a population of 179k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2019, 9.72% of DeSoto County, MS residents were born outside of the country (17.4k people).

In 2019, there were 2.36 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (115k people) in DeSoto County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 48.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.4k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in DeSoto County, MS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    115k ± 146
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    48.7k ± 496
  3. White (Hispanic)
    4.4k ± 550
4.94%
Hispanic Population
8.84k people

In 2019, there were 2.36 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (115k people) in DeSoto County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 48.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.4k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.94% of the people in DeSoto County, MS are hispanic (8.84k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in DeSoto County, MS as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.72%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
17.4k people
3.65%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
6.42k people

As of 2019, 9.72% of DeSoto County, MS residents (17.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in DeSoto County, MS was 3.65%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.1

In 2019, the median age of all people in DeSoto County, MS was 36.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in DeSoto County, MS are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all DeSoto County, MS residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    20,974 ± 3,543 people
  2. India
    5,148 ± 1,760 people
  3. Vietnam
    3,866 ± 1,526 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 20,974 Mississippi residents, followed by India with 5,148 and Vietnam with 3,866.

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Citizenship

98%
2019 Citizenship
97.9%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98% of DeSoto County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in DeSoto County, MS was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,211 ± 364
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,302 ± 331
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,896 ± 330

DeSoto County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Mississippi, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Mississippi (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Mississippi. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Mississippi.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Mississippi across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in DeSoto County, MS is $67,038. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in DeSoto County, MS was Census Tract 707.22 with a value of $115,893, followed by Census Tract 706.30 and Census Tract 708.30, with respective values of $103,125 and $94,163.

Males in Mississippi have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,310. The income inequality in Mississippi (measured using the Gini index) is 0.445, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of DeSoto County, MS employs 89k people. The largest industries in DeSoto County, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,961 people), Transportation & Warehousing (11,296 people), and Retail Trade (10,098 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($84,643), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,435), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($66,837).

Wages

Median Household Income

$67,038
2019 value
± $2,539
2.87%
1 Year Growth
± 4.4%

Households in DeSoto County, MS have a median annual income of $67,038, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $65,169 in 2018, which represents a 2.87% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$55,021
Average Male Salary in Mississippi
± $1,808
$39,310
Average Female Salary in Mississippi
± $1,236

In 2019, full-time male employees in Mississippi made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Mississippi
  1. Asian
    $48,743 ± $12,305
  2. White
    $48,350 ± $1,460
  3. Other
    $36,365 ± $10,998

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mississippi workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.01 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Mississippi.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for DeSoto County, MS is from Mississippi.
0.445
2019 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.442
2018 Wage GINI in Mississippi

In 2019, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.445 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.611% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 707.22
  2. Census Tract 706.30
  3. Census Tract 708.30

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in DeSoto County, MS was Census Tract 707.22 with a value of $115,893, followed by Census Tract 706.30 and Census Tract 708.30, with respective values of $103,125 and $94,163.

The following map shows all of the tracts in DeSoto County, MS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in DeSoto County, MS (16.3k out of 177k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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. White
    8,915 ± 704
  2. Black
    5,960 ± 615
  3. Hispanic
    1,510 ± 286

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

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

89k
2019 Value
± 2,289
1.63%
1 Year growth
± 3.53%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in DeSoto County, MS grew at a rate of 1.63%, from 87.6k employees to 89k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in DeSoto County, MS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,920 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,313 people), and Management Occupations (7,831 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, MS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,920 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,313 people), and Management Occupations (7,831 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeSoto County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.69 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.61 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, MS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($86,333), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,682), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($79,411).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

89k
2019 Value
± 2,289
1.63%
1 Year growth
± 3.53%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in DeSoto County, MS grew at a rate of 1.63%, from 87.6k employees to 89k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in DeSoto County, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,961 people), Transportation & Warehousing (11,296 people), and Retail Trade (10,098 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of DeSoto County, MS, though some of these residents may live in DeSoto 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 DeSoto County, MS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,961 people), Transportation & Warehousing (11,296 people), and Retail Trade (10,098 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeSoto County, MS has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (2.79 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.8 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.67 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in DeSoto County, MS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($84,643), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,435), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($66,837).

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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. $33.5B
  2. $26.7B
  3. $14B

In 2018, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $33.5B, followed by Textiles/leather ($26.7B) and Mixed freight ($14B).

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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$198B
2018 Value in Mississippi
$331B
Projected 2045 Value in Mississippi
66.9% growth

In 2018, total outbound Mississippi trade was $198B. This is expected to increase 66.9% to $331B 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. $31.4B
  2. $15.1B
  3. $14.8B

In 2018, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $31.4B, followed by Tennessee with $15.1B and Louisiana and $14.8B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in DeSoto County, MS went to Donald J. Trump with 65.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (31.3%), followed by Other (3.07%). The most partisan county was George County, MS with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Mississippi. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for DeSoto County, MS
65.6% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Mississippi
  1. 87.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 87% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.8% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Mississippi was George County, MS with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Mississippi colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Mississippi

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Roger Wicker
Senator from Mississippi1
Assumed office on December 31, 2007
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Trent Lott.
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Senator from Mississippi2
Assumed office on April 9, 2018
Appointed to the seat after Thad Cochran's resignation.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing Mississippi.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Mississippi over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Mississippi

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Mississippi have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in DeSoto County, MS awarded 950 degrees. The student population of DeSoto County, MS is skewed towards women, with 143 male students and 426 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in DeSoto County, MS are Black or African American (677 and 71.3%), followed by White (189 and 19.9%), Unknown (54 and 5.68%), and Hispanic or Latino (17 and 1.79%).

The largest universities in DeSoto County, MS by number of degrees awarded are Delta Technical College (706 and 74.3%) and Concorde Career College-Southaven (244 and 25.7%).

The most popular majors in DeSoto County, MS are Medical Assistant (278 and 29.3%), Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (189 and 19.9%), and Dental Assisting (144 and 15.2%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 95 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 89 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 134 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in DeSoto County, MS was HVAC & Refrigeration Engineering Technology with 95 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in DeSoto County, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 706 degrees awarded
  2. 244 degrees awarded

In 2019, the DeSoto County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Delta Technical College with 706 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

375
Degrees Awarded to Men
575
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 375 men were awarded degrees from institutions in DeSoto County, MS, which is 0.652 times less than the 575 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in DeSoto County, MS by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    677 degrees awarded
  2. White
    189 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    54 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in DeSoto County, MS was Black or African American students. These 677 degrees mean that there were 3.58 times more degrees awarded to Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 189 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in DeSoto County, MS was $168,500 in 2019, which is 0.701 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $162,000 to $168,500, a 4.01% increase. The homeownership rate in DeSoto County, MS is 74%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in DeSoto County, MS have an average commute time of 24.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in DeSoto County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$168,500
2019 Median
± $2,828
$162,000
2018 Median
± $2,434

In 2019, the median property value in DeSoto County, MS grew to to $168,500 from the previous year's value of $162,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in DeSoto 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 DeSoto County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$67,038
Median Household Income
± $2,539
62.9k
Number of Households
± 1,802

In 2019, the median household income of the 62.9k households in DeSoto County, MS grew to $67,038 from the previous year's value of $65,169.

The following chart displays the households in DeSoto 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in DeSoto County, MS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In DeSoto County, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

74%
2019 Homeownership
73.7%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 74% of the housing units in DeSoto County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in DeSoto County, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in DeSoto County, MS have a shorter commute time (24.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.68% of the workforce in DeSoto County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (87.1%)
  2. Carpooled (8.98%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.99%)

In 2019, 87.1% of workers in DeSoto County, MS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.98%) and those who worked at home (2.99%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

92% of the population of DeSoto County, MS has health coverage, with 57.5% on employee plans, 10.7% on Medicaid, 9.45% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.8% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in DeSoto County, MS see 3085 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.29% increase from the previous year (2930 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2845 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1149 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Sunflower County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (24.6%). Additionally, Sunflower County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (53.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,085 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in DeSoto County, MS

Primary care physicians in DeSoto County, MS see an average of 3,085 patients per year. This represents a 5.29% increase from the previous year (2,930 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in DeSoto County, MS in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,646
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Mississippi
$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

8.04%
Uninsured
57.5%
Employer Coverage
10.7%
Medicaid
9.45%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
1.8%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in DeSoto County, MS declined by 10.2% from 8.95% to 8.04%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in DeSoto 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. 24.6% prevalence
  2. 24.3% prevalence
  3. 24.2% prevalence

Sunflower County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 24.6%.

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

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