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DeSoto County, MS&

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1.37% growth
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Median Household Income
3.15% growth
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Number of Employees
1.83% growth
Median Property Value
1.51% growth

About the photo: The Memphis Arches, the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River at sunset, looking west toward Arkansas.


The economy of DeSoto County, MS employs 84,146 people. The economy of DeSoto County, MS is specialized in Transportation & Warehousing; Wholesale trade; and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, which employ respectively 2.78; 2; and 1.5 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in DeSoto County, MS are Healthcare & Social Assistance (10,784), Retail trade (10,041), and Transportation & Warehousing (9,721), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($66,913), Utilities ($51,750), and Transportation & Warehousing ($48,629).

Median household income in DeSoto County, MS is $60,111. Males in DeSoto County, MS have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,868. The income inequality of DeSoto County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.431 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for DeSoto County, MS. In DeSoto County, MS the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 33 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $10,482. Coahoma County, MS has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Mississippi.


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DeSoto County, MS is home to a population of 170,890 people, from which 98.2% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of DeSoto County, MS is composed of 115,200 White residents (67.4%), 42,198 Black residents (24.7%), 8,109 Hispanic residents (4.75%), 2,570 Two+ residents (1.5%), and 2,273 Asian residents (1.33%). The most common foreign languages in DeSoto County, MS are Spanish (5,877 speakers), Vietnamese (454 speakers), and Chinese (380 speakers), but compared to other places, DeSoto County, MS has a relative high number of Laotian (85 speakers), Other (53 speakers), and Vietnamese (454 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in DeSoto County, MS awarded 747 degrees. The student population of DeSoto County, MS is skewed towards females, with 274 male students and 473 female students. Most students in DeSoto County, MS are Black or African American (462 and 61.8%), followed by White (258 and 34.5%), Hispanic or Latino (12 and 1.61%), and Two or more races (8 and 1.07%). The largest universities in DeSoto County, MS by number of graduates are Delta Technical College (540 and 72.3%), Concorde Career College-Southaven (207 and 27.7%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in DeSoto County, MS are Medical Assistant (246 and 32.9%), Dental Assisting (130 and 17.4%), and HVAC Maintenance (96 and 12.9%). The median tuition costs in DeSoto County, MS are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in DeSoto County, MS is $155,000, which is 0.76 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $152,700 to $155,000, a 1.51% increase. The homeownership rate of DeSoto County, MS is 72.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in DeSoto County, MS have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in DeSoto County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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