Pontotoc County, MS

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Population

31,075

0.69% growth

Median Age

36.8


Median Household Income

$41,865

5.01% growth

Poverty Rate

17%


Number of Employees

13,673

2.86% growth

Median Property Value

$102,100

16.3% growth

About

In 2017, Pontotoc County, MS had a population of 31.1k people with a median age of 36.8 and a median household income of $41,865. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Pontotoc County, MS grew from 30,862 to 31,075, a 0.69% increase and its median household income grew from $39,869 to $41,865, a 5.01% increase.

The population of Pontotoc County, MS is 77.2% White Alone, 14.8% Black or African American Alone, and 6.24% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Pontotoc County, MS speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pontotoc County, MS are KC's School of Hair Design (27 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Pontotoc County, MS is $102,100, and the homeownership rate is 72.4%. Most people in Pontotoc County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Pontotoc County, MS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Pontotoc County, MS employs 13.7k people. The largest industries in Pontotoc County, MS are Manufacturing (3,976 people), Retail Trade (2,222 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,367 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($70,417), Public Administration ($35,382), and Construction ($35,151).

Median household income in Pontotoc County, MS is $41,865. Males in Pontotoc 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 Pontotoc County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,865

2017 value

± $1,825

5.01%

1 Year Growth

± 6.58%

Households in Pontotoc County, MS have a median annual income of $41,865, 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 $39,869 in 2016, which represents a 5.01% 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 Pontotoc 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 9502

  2. Census Tract 9505

  3. Census Tract 9503

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pontotoc County, MS was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $48,152, followed by Census Tract 9505 and Census Tract 9503, with respective values of $47,670 and $46,841.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pontotoc County, MS (5.23k out of 30.7k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    3,623 ± 421

  2. Black

    1,276 ± 314

  3. Hispanic

    319 ± 162

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

13.7k

2017 Value

± 869

2.86%

1 Year growth

± 8.89%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pontotoc County, MS grew at a rate of 2.86%, from 13.3k employees to 13.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pontotoc County, MS, are Production Occupations (2,557 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,257 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,402 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pontotoc County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pontotoc County, MS, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,557 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,257 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,402 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pontotoc County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (3.23 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (2 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.79 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pontotoc County, MS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($62,813), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,264), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($52,622).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.7k

2017 Value

± 869

2.86%

1 Year growth

± 8.89%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pontotoc County, MS grew at a rate of 2.86%, from 13.3k employees to 13.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pontotoc County, MS, are Manufacturing (3,976 people), Retail Trade (2,222 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,367 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pontotoc County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Pontotoc 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 Pontotoc County, MS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,976 people), Retail Trade (2,222 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,367 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pontotoc County, MS has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.87 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.42 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.14 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pontotoc County, MS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($70,417), Public Administration ($35,382), and Construction ($35,151).

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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. $46.3B

  2. $23.9B

  3. $14.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $46.3B, followed by Textiles/leather ($23.9B) and Mixed freight ($14.2B).

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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$206B

2020 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

34.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Mississippi trade was $206B. This is expected to increase 34.7% 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. $37.6B

  2. $18B

  3. $17.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $37.6B, followed by Tennessee with $18B and Louisiana and $17.5B.

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

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Health

82.1% of the population of Pontotoc County, MS has health coverage, with 40.1% on employee plans, 17.9% on Medicaid, 9.88% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 1.52% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Pontotoc County, MS see 5151 patients per year on average, which represents a 16.5% increase from the previous year (4421 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 10517 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2427 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

5,151 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pontotoc County, MS see an average of 5,151 patients per year. This represents a 16.5% increase from the previous year (4,421 patients).

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

17.9%

Uninsured

40.1%

Employer Coverage

17.9%

Medicaid

9.88%

Medicare

12.7%

Non-Group

1.52%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pontotoc County, MS declined by 3.14% from 18.4% to 17.9%.

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

Pontotoc County, MS is home to a population of 31.1k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.57% of Pontotoc County, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.11k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Pontotoc County, MS is composed of 24k White Alone residents (77.2%), 4.61k Black or African American Alone residents (14.8%), 1.94k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.24%), 278 Two or More Races residents (0.895%), 241 Asian Alone residents (0.776%), 25 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0805%), 6 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0193%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.1

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Pontotoc County, MS was 36.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Pontotoc County, MS are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Pontotoc County, MS residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.57%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.11k people

2.48%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

766 people

As of 2017, 3.57% of Pontotoc County, MS residents (1.11k 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 Pontotoc County, MS was 2.48%, 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

96.9%

2017 Citizenship

97.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.9% of Pontotoc County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Pontotoc County, MS was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    24k ± 73

  2. Black or African American Alone

    4.61k ± 303

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.94k ± 525

In 2017, there were 5.2 times more White Alone residents (24k people) in Pontotoc County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.61k Black or African American Alone and 1.94k 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 Pontotoc County, MS as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    592 ± 130

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    290 ± 120

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    188 ± 104

Pontotoc County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Pontotoc County, MS awarded 27 degrees. The student population of Pontotoc County, MS is skewed towards women, with 1 male students and 44 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pontotoc County, MS are White (23 and 85.2%), followed by Black or African American (4 and 14.8%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Pontotoc County, MS by number of degrees awarded are KC's School of Hair Design (27 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Pontotoc County, MS are General Cosmetology (23 and 85.2%), Nail Specialist & Manicurist (4 and 14.8%), and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (0 and 0%).

The median tuition costs in Pontotoc 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.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 23 degrees awarded

  2. 0 degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Pontotoc County, MS was General Cosmetology with 23 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

27 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Pontotoc County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was KC's School of Hair Design with 27 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

0

Degrees Awarded to Men

27

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pontotoc County, MS, which is 0 times less than the 27 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

    23 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    4 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Pontotoc County, MS were to White students. These 23 degrees mean that there were 5.75 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 4 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pontotoc County, MS was $102,100 in 2017, which is 0.444 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $87,800 to $102,100, a 16.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Pontotoc County, MS is 72.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pontotoc County, MS have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pontotoc County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$102,100

2017 Median

± $5,141

$87,800

2016 Median

± $8,671

In 2017, the median property value in Pontotoc County, MS grew to to $102,100 from the previous year's value of $87,800.

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

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Household Income

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$41,865

Median Household Income

± $1,825

10.8k

Number of Households

± 710

In 2017, the median household income of the 10.8k households in Pontotoc County, MS grew to $41,865 from the previous year's value of $39,869.

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

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Rent vs Own

72.4%

2017 Homeownership

73%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.4% of the housing units in Pontotoc County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73%.

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

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Commute Time

23.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pontotoc County, MS have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.52% of the workforce in Pontotoc County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    88.8%

  2. Carpooled

    7.79%

  3. Other

    2.16%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Pontotoc County, MS was Drove Alone (88.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.79%) and those who Other (2.16%).

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

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