Lowndes County, MS

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Population

59,558

0.38% decline

Median Age

36.6


Median Household Income

$43,198

4.8% growth

Poverty Rate

21.1%


Number of Employees

24,054

1.39% decline

Median Property Value

$123,400

3.87% growth

About

In 2017, Lowndes County, MS had a population of 59.6k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $43,198. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lowndes County, MS declined from 59,785 to 59,558, a -0.38% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,219 to $43,198, a 4.8% increase.

The population of Lowndes County, MS is 52.2% White Alone, 43.5% Black or African American Alone, and 2.02% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Lowndes County, MS speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lowndes County, MS are Mississippi University for Women (865 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Lowndes County, MS is $123,400, and the homeownership rate is 61.3%. Most people in Lowndes County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Lowndes County, MS is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Somewhere a few miles southeast of Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus, Mississippi.

Economy

The economy of Lowndes County, MS employs 24.1k people. The largest industries in Lowndes County, MS are Manufacturing (3,927 people), Retail Trade (3,372 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,273 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($56,281), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,570), and Utilities ($55,119).

Median household income in Lowndes County, MS is $43,198. Males in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,198

2017 value

± $2,630

4.8%

1 Year Growth

± 7.35%

Households in Lowndes County, MS have a median annual income of $43,198, 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 $41,219 in 2016, which represents a 4.8% 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 Mississippi 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 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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lowndes 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1.01

  2. Census Tract 3

  3. Census Tract 4.04

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lowndes County, MS was Census Tract 1.01 with a value of $71,880, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 4.04, with respective values of $67,547 and $63,512.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lowndes County, MS (12.2k out of 58k 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 18 - 24 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

    8,747 ± 611

  2. White

    3,307 ± 428

  3. Hispanic

    240 ± 160

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lowndes 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

24.1k

2017 Value

± 1,115

-1.39%

1 Year decline

± 6.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lowndes County, MS declined at a rate of -1.39%, from 24.4k employees to 24.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lowndes County, MS, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,133 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,681 people), and Production Occupations (2,321 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lowndes County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lowndes County, MS, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,133 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,681 people), and Production Occupations (2,321 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lowndes County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.66 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.61 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lowndes County, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($100,278), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($62,059), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations ($58,214).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

24.1k

2017 Value

± 1,115

-1.39%

1 Year decline

± 6.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lowndes County, MS declined at a rate of -1.39%, from 24.4k employees to 24.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lowndes County, MS, are Manufacturing (3,927 people), Retail Trade (3,372 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,273 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lowndes County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County, MS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,927 people), Retail Trade (3,372 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,273 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lowndes County, MS has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.12 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.61 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lowndes County, MS, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($56,281), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,570), and Utilities ($55,119).

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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

$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 Lowndes County, MS has health coverage, with 40% on employee plans, 19.5% on Medicaid, 9.65% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 4.62% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lowndes County, MS see 1926 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.7% decrease from the previous year (2133 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1806 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 745 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

1,926 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lowndes County, MS see an average of 1,926 patients per year. This represents a 9.7% decrease from the previous year (2,133 patients).

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

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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%).

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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

40%

Employer Coverage

19.5%

Medicaid

9.65%

Medicare

13%

Non-Group

4.62%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lowndes County, MS declined by 8.27% from 14.3% to 13.1%.

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

Lowndes County, MS is home to a population of 59.6k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.73% of Lowndes County, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.63k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lowndes County, MS is composed of 31.1k White Alone residents (52.2%), 25.9k Black or African American Alone residents (43.5%), 1.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.02%), 612 Two or More Races residents (1.03%), 596 Asian Alone residents (1%), 119 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.2%), 16 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0269%), and 13 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0218%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lowndes County, MS are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lowndes County, MS was 36.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Lowndes County, MS are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Lowndes County, MS residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.73%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.63k people

2.67%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.6k people

As of 2017, 2.73% of Lowndes County, MS residents (1.63k people) 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 Lowndes County, MS was 2.67%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Lowndes County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lowndes County, MS was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    31.1k ± 25

  2. Black or African American Alone

    25.9k ± 208

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.2k ± 169

In 2017, there were 1.2 times more White Alone residents (31.1k people) in Lowndes County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25.9k Black or African American Alone and 1.2k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Lowndes County, MS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Lowndes County, MS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lowndes County, MS are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,361 ± 213

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,236 ± 244

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    939 ± 212

Lowndes County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lowndes County, MS awarded 865 degrees. The student population of Lowndes County, MS is skewed towards women, with 555 male students and 2,401 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lowndes County, MS are White (572 and 66.5%), followed by Black or African American (269 and 31.3%), Hispanic or Latino (5 and 0.581%), and Two or More Races (5 and 0.581%).

The largest universities in Lowndes County, MS by number of degrees awarded are Mississippi University for Women (865 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lowndes County, MS are Registered Nursing (514 and 59.4%), Speech-Language Pathology (35 and 4.05%), and General Business Administration & Management (32 and 3.7%).

The median tuition costs in Lowndes County, MS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,965 and $16,534 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 32 degrees awarded

  2. 25 degrees awarded

  3. 435 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lowndes County, MS was General Business Administration & Management with 32 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

865 degrees awarded

$5,965

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lowndes County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Mississippi University for Women with 865 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

127

Degrees Awarded to Men

738

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 127 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lowndes County, MS, which is 0.172 times less than the 738 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    572 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    269 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    5 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lowndes County, MS were to White students. These 572 degrees mean that there were 2.13 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 269 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lowndes County, MS was $123,400 in 2017, which is 0.567 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $118,800 to $123,400, a 3.87% increase. The homeownership rate in Lowndes County, MS is 61.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lowndes County, MS have an average commute time of 20.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lowndes 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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$43,198

Median Household Income

± $2,630

22.6k

Number of Households

± 1,000

In 2017, the median household income of the 22.6k households in Lowndes County, MS grew to $43,198 from the previous year's value of $41,219.

The following chart displays the households in Lowndes 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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Housing

Property Value

$123,400

2017 Median

± $6,065

$118,800

2016 Median

± $5,891

In 2017, the median property value in Lowndes County, MS grew to to $123,400 from the previous year's value of $118,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

61.3%

2017 Homeownership

61.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.3% of the housing units in Lowndes County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lowndes County, MS have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

20.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lowndes County, MS have a shorter commute time (20.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.69% of the workforce in Lowndes County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    87.4%

  2. Carpooled

    7.48%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.78%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lowndes County, MS was Drove Alone (87.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.48%) and those who Worked At Home (2.78%).

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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