Kemper County, MS

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2022 Population
8,980
2.51% 1-year decline
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.7
1.79% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
22%
12.9% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$42,947
14% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$89,300
14.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
3,287
6.88% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Kemper County, MS had a population of 8.98k people with a median age of 39.7 and a median household income of $42,947. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Kemper County, MS declined from 9,211 to 8,980, a −2.51% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,667 to $42,947, a 14% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Kemper County, MS are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (61.8%), White (Non-Hispanic) (33.4%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (3.8%), Other (Hispanic) (0.312%), and White (Hispanic) (0.301%).

None of the households in Kemper County, MS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.9% of the residents in Kemper County, MS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kemper County, MS are East Mississippi Community College (1,034 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Kemper County, MS was $89,300, and the homeownership rate was 76.8%.

Most people in Kemper County, MS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 33.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Kemper County, MS was 3 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Kemper County, MS is home to a population of 8.98k people, from which 99.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.278% of Kemper County, MS residents were born outside of the country (25 people).

In 2022, there were 1.85 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.55k people) in Kemper County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3k White (Non-Hispanic) and 341 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.9%
2022 Citizenship
99.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.9% of Kemper County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Kemper County, MS was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Kemper County, MS
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.55k ± 49
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    3k ± 20
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    341 ± 26
0.757%
Hispanic Population
68 people

In 2022, there were 1.85 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.55k people) in Kemper County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3k White (Non-Hispanic) and 341 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

0.757% of the people in Kemper County, MS are hispanic (68 people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    16,383 ± 3,134 people
  2. India
    5,084 ± 1,749 people
  3. Guatemala
    3,926 ± 1,537 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 16,383 Mississippi residents, followed by India with 5,084 and Guatemala with 3,926.

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Foreign-Born Population

0.278%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
25 people
0.174%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
16 people

As of 2022, 0.278% of Kemper County, MS residents (25 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Kemper County, MS was 0.174%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    153 ± 89
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    141 ± 97
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    44 ± 55

Kemper County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Kemper County, MS employs 3.29k people. The largest industries in Kemper County, MS are Educational Services (583 people), Manufacturing (572 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (337 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($73,036), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($72,589), and Utilities ($63,875).

Males in Mississippi have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,477. The income inequality in Mississippi (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

3.29k
2022 Value
± 492
−6.88%
1 Year decline
± 23.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Kemper County, MS declined at a rate of −6.88%, from 3.53k employees to 3.29k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kemper County, MS, are Production Occupations (552 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (400 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (309 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kemper County, MS.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

3.29k
2022 Value
± 492
−6.88%
1 Year decline
± 23.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Kemper County, MS declined at a rate of −6.88%, from 3.53k employees to 3.29k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kemper County, MS, are Educational Services (583 people), Manufacturing (572 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (337 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kemper County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Kemper County, MS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$35,265
Median earning men ± $9,420
$27,298
Median earning women ± $5,314

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($72,589), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($56,818), and Other Services Except Public Administration ($48,243).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation, & Accommodations & Food Services ($46,045), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($35,640), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($30,950).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.38%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.17M people employed in Mississippi. This represents a 1.38% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 12.5%.

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

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 38
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 32
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 29
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Kemper County, MS went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 61% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (37.8%), followed by Other (0.993%).

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.

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 following the resignation of Thad Cochran.

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 2022, universities in Kemper County, MS awarded 1,034 degrees. The student population of Kemper County, MS in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,470 male students and 1,854 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kemper County, MS are White (540 and 52.2%), followed by Black or African American (432 and 41.8%), Unknown (23 and 2.22%), and Hispanic or Latino (15 and 1.45%).

The largest universities in Kemper County, MS by number of degrees awarded are East Mississippi Community College (1,034 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Kemper County, MS are Other Health & Medical Administrative Services (91 and 8.8%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (82 and 7.93%), and Welding Technology (71 and 6.87%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 3,324 students enrolled in Kemper County, MS, 44.2% men and 55.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,518 records, of which 50.3% were women and 49.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 82 degrees awarded
  2. 62 degrees awarded
  3. 48 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Kemper County, MS was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 82 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Kemper County, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,034 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was East Mississippi Community College with 1,034 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 501 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kemper County, MS, which is 0.94 times less than the 533 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 540 degrees mean that there were 1.25 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 432 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($3,500) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($240) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.04% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.852% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (690k), Some college (543k), and Secondary Education (397k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kemper County, MS was $89,300 in 2022, which is 0.317 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $78,100 to $89,300, a 14.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Kemper County, MS is 76.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Kemper County, MS have an average commute time of 33.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Kemper County, MS is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

In 2022, 16.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Kemper County, MS. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.46%.

Property

$89,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,819
$2,413
Median Property Taxes
±$351

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kemper County, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Kemper County, MS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

76.8%
Homeownership
2022
61.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 76.8% of the housing units in Kemper County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.1%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 302
  2. Census Tract 301

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

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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.
$42,947
Median Household Income
± $4,192
3.14k
Number of Households
± 451

In 2022, the median household income of the 3.14k households in Kemper County, MS grew to $42,947 from the previous year's value of $37,667.

The following chart displays the households in Kemper 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kemper County, MS is from Mississippi.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Mississippi

In 2022, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.553% growth from 2021 to 2022, 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (85.4%)
  2. Carpooled (9.27%)
  3. Other (3.51%)

In 2022, 85.4% of workers in Kemper County, MS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.27%) and those who used some unspecified means to get work (3.51%).

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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Commute Time

33.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kemper County, MS have a longer commute time (33.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.12% of the workforce in Kemper County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

3 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 16.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Kemper County, MS. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.46%.

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Poverty & Diversity

22% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kemper County, MS (1.78k out of 8.07k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 35.9% of the children was living in poverty in Kemper County, MS. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 98.5 in Kemper County, MS. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 34.6 per 100,000 population.

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Health

85.2% of the population of Kemper County, MS has health coverage, with 35.8% on employee plans, 19.2% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 16% on non-group plans, and 0.411% on military or VA plans.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.2% under 18 years, 23.6% between 18 and 34 years, 34% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

14.8%
Uninsured
35.8%
Employer Coverage
19.2%
Medicaid
13.8%
Medicare
16%
Non-Group
0.411%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kemper County, MS grew by 4.48% from 14.2% to 14.8%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 47.6% in Kemper County, MS.

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