Lee County, MS

County

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Population
84,915
0.0884% 1-year growth
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
Median Age
37.2

Poverty Rate
15.9%

Median Household Income
$47,978
4.33% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$131,300
4.54% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
38,207
0.0576% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Lee County, MS had a population of 84.9k people with a median age of 37.2 and a median household income of $47,978. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Lee County, MS grew from 84,840 to 84,915, a 0.0884% increase and its median household income grew from $45,985 to $47,978, a 4.33% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (65.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (29%), White (Hispanic) (1.66%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.887%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.848%). NaNk% of the people in Lee County, MS speak a non-English language, and 98.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Lee County, MS is $131,300, and the homeownership rate is 66.3%. Most people in Lee County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, MS is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Lee County, MS went to Donald J. Trump with 67.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (30.5%), followed by Other (2.02%). 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Lee County, MS
67.5% 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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Diversity

Lee County, MS is home to a population of 84.9k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2018, 1.95% of Lee County, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.65k people).

In 2018, there were 2.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (56k people) in Lee County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 24.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.41k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, MS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    56k ± 42
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    24.7k ± 376
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.41k ± 322
2.62%
Hispanic Population
2.23k people

In 2018, there were 2.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (56k people) in Lee County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 24.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.41k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.62% of the people in Lee County, MS are hispanic (2.23k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.95%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.65k people
1.73%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
1.47k people

As of 2018, 1.95% of Lee County, MS residents (1.65k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lee County, MS was 1.73%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Lee County, MS was 37.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Lee County, MS are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Lee County, MS residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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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 Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Mississippi residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

98.5%
2018 Citizenship
98.8%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.5% of Lee County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Lee County, MS was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,272 ± 173
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    767 ± 193
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    641 ± 208

Lee County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Lee County, MS is $47,978. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lee County, MS was Census Tract 9504.02 with a value of $66,885, followed by Census Tract 9502.01 and Census Tract 9509.01, with respective values of $65,386 and $62,670.

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

The economy of Lee County, MS employs 38.2k people. The largest industries in Lee County, MS are Manufacturing (8,326 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,360 people), and Retail Trade (4,522 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,618), Utilities ($57,578), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($43,661).

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,978
2018 value
± $1,722
4.33%
1 Year Growth
± 5.63%

Households in Lee County, MS have a median annual income of $47,978, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $45,985 in 2017, which represents a 4.33% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323
Average Male Salary in Mississippi
± $1,698
$36,636
Average Female Salary in Mississippi
± $1,074

In 2017, full-time male employees in Mississippi made 1.43 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. 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 Mississippi workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Mississippi.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lee County, MS is from Mississippi.
0.442
2017 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.446
2016 Wage GINI in Mississippi

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 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 9504.02
  2. Census Tract 9502.01
  3. Census Tract 9509.01

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, MS was Census Tract 9504.02 with a value of $66,885, followed by Census Tract 9502.01 and Census Tract 9509.01, with respective values of $65,386 and $62,670.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, MS (13.3k out of 83.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 6 - 11.

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
    6,845 ± 534
  2. White
    5,689 ± 517
  3. Hispanic
    504 ± 226

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

38.2k
2018 Value
± 1,351
0.0576%
1 Year growth
± 5.03%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Lee County, MS grew at a rate of 0.0576%, from 38.2k employees to 38.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, MS, are Production Occupations (5,004 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,262 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,037 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lee County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lee County, MS, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (5,004 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,262 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,037 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.28 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.53 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.36 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lee County, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($91,806), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,991), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($62,422).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

38.2k
2018 Value
± 1,351
0.0576%
1 Year growth
± 5.03%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Lee County, MS grew at a rate of 0.0576%, from 38.2k employees to 38.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, MS, are Manufacturing (8,326 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,360 people), and Retail Trade (4,522 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lee County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Lee 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 Lee County, MS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (8,326 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,360 people), and Retail Trade (4,522 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, MS has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.16 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.2 times), and Retail Trade (1.05 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lee County, MS, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,618), Utilities ($57,578), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($43,661).

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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 ($25.1B) and Mixed freight ($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 in Mississippi
$277B
Projected 2045 Value in Mississippi
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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lee County, MS was $131,300 in 2018, which is 0.572 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $125,600 to $131,300, a 4.54% increase. The homeownership rate in Lee County, MS is 66.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lee County, MS have an average commute time of 20.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lee County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$131,300
2018 Median
± $4,808
$125,600
2017 Median
± $5,393

In 2018, the median property value in Lee County, MS grew to to $131,300 from the previous year's value of $125,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lee 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 Lee County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A 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.
$47,978
Median Household Income
± $1,722
32.3k
Number of Households
± 1,181

In 2018, the median household income of the 32.3k households in Lee County, MS grew to $47,978 from the previous year's value of $45,985.

The following chart displays the households in Lee 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
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

66.3%
2018 Homeownership
67.3%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 66.3% of the housing units in Lee County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.3%.

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

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Commute Time

20.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, MS have a shorter commute time (20.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.43% of the workforce in Lee County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    87.9%
  2. Carpooled
    7.89%
  3. Worked At Home
    2.21%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Lee County, MS was Drove Alone (87.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.89%) and those who Worked At Home (2.21%).

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

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Health

88.4% of the population of Lee County, MS has health coverage, with 48% on employee plans, 16.9% on Medicaid, 11% on Medicare, 10.8% on non-group plans, and 1.68% 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 Lee County, MS see 1040 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.31% decrease from the previous year (1122 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1525 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 224 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

1,040 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lee County, MS

Primary care physicians in Lee County, MS see an average of 1,040 patients per year. This represents a 7.31% decrease from the previous year (1,122 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lee 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

11.6%
Uninsured
48%
Employer Coverage
16.9%
Medicaid
11%
Medicare
10.8%
Non-Group
1.68%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, MS declined by 2.27% from 11.9% to 11.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lee 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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