Washington County, MS

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Population

48,002

1.68% decline

Median Age

36.7


Median Household Income

$29,387

3.29% growth

Poverty Rate

33.7%


Number of Employees

17,213

0.496% growth

Median Property Value

$74,400

1.92% growth

About

In 2017, Washington County, MS had a population of 48k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $29,387. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Washington County, MS declined from 48,824 to 48,002, a -1.68% decrease and its median household income grew from $28,452 to $29,387, a 3.29% increase.

The population of Washington County, MS is 71.7% Black or African American Alone, 25.5% White Alone, and 1.45% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Washington County, MS speak a non-English language, and 99.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Washington County, MS are Delta Beauty College (8 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Washington County, MS is $74,400, and the homeownership rate is 54.5%. Most people in Washington County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Washington County, MS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Washington County, MS employs 17.2k people. The largest industries in Washington County, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,896 people), Retail Trade (2,650 people), and Educational Services (1,847 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($45,192), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($39,063), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($38,676).

Median household income in Washington County, MS is $29,387. Males in Washington 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 Washington County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$29,387

2017 value

± $1,351

3.29%

1 Year Growth

± 7.86%

Households in Washington County, MS have a median annual income of $29,387, 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 $28,452 in 2016, which represents a 3.29% 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 Washington 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.

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 7.02

  2. Census Tract 7.01

  3. Census Tract 8

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Washington County, MS was Census Tract 7.02 with a value of $56,765, followed by Census Tract 7.01 and Census Tract 8, with respective values of $44,235 and $42,005.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

33.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Washington County, MS (16k out of 47.5k 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 Males 6 - 11 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    13,995 ± 684

  2. White

    1,913 ± 287

  3. Hispanic

    126 ± 130

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

17.2k

2017 Value

± 819

0.496%

1 Year growth

± 6.64%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington County, MS grew at a rate of 0.496%, from 17.1k employees to 17.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Washington County, MS, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,325 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,295 people), and Production Occupations (1,351 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Washington County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Washington County, MS, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,325 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,295 people), and Production Occupations (1,351 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.88 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.65 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.63 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Washington County, MS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($56,964), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($53,167), and Management Occupations ($51,912).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

17.2k

2017 Value

± 819

0.496%

1 Year growth

± 6.64%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington County, MS grew at a rate of 0.496%, from 17.1k employees to 17.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Washington County, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,896 people), Retail Trade (2,650 people), and Educational Services (1,847 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Washington County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Washington 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 Washington County, MS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,896 people), Retail Trade (2,650 people), and Educational Services (1,847 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, MS has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.43 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.58 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Washington County, MS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($45,192), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($39,063), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($38,676).

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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

81.2% of the population of Washington County, MS has health coverage, with 28.6% on employee plans, 31.9% on Medicaid, 9.84% on Medicare, 9.64% on non-group plans, and 1.22% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Washington County, MS see 2406 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.13% increase from the previous year (2225 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2486 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1349 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

2,406 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Washington County, MS see an average of 2,406 patients per year. This represents a 8.13% increase from the previous year (2,225 patients).

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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%).

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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

18.8%

Uninsured

28.6%

Employer Coverage

31.9%

Medicaid

9.84%

Medicare

9.64%

Non-Group

1.22%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Washington County, MS declined by 6.98% from 20.2% to 18.8%.

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

Washington County, MS is home to a population of 48k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.17% of Washington County, MS residents were born outside of the country (560 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Washington County, MS is composed of 34.4k Black or African American Alone residents (71.7%), 12.3k White Alone residents (25.5%), 697 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.45%), 311 Asian Alone residents (0.648%), 218 Two or More Races residents (0.454%), 55 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.115%), 48 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.1%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Washington County, MS was 36.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Washington County, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Washington County, MS residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.17%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

560 people

1.08%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

527 people

As of 2017, 1.17% of Washington County, MS residents (560 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 Washington County, MS was 1.08%, 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

99.4%

2017 Citizenship

99.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.4% of Washington County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Washington County, MS was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    34.4k ± 97

  2. White Alone

    12.3k ± 27

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    697 ± 212

In 2017, there were 2.81 times more Black or African American Alone residents (34.4k people) in Washington County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.3k White Alone and 697 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington County, MS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Washington 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

    835 ± 151

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    357 ± 139

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    173 ± 77

Washington County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.34 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Washington County, MS awarded 8 degrees. The student population of Washington County, MS is skewed towards women, with 1 male students and 28 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Washington County, MS are Black or African American (4 and 50%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1 and 12.5%), Two or More Races (1 and 12.5%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (1 and 12.5%).

The largest universities in Washington County, MS by number of degrees awarded are Delta Beauty College (8 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Washington County, MS are General Cosmetology (7 and 87.5%) and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (1 and 12.5%).

The median tuition costs in Washington 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. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. 7 degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Washington County, MS was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

8 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Washington County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Delta Beauty College with 8 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

0

Degrees Awarded to Men

8

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Washington County, MS, which is 0 times less than the 8 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    4 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    1 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Washington County, MS were to Black or African American students. These 4 degrees mean that there were 4 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Washington County, MS was $74,400 in 2017, which is 0.342 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $73,000 to $74,400, a 1.92% increase. The homeownership rate in Washington County, MS is 54.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Washington County, MS have an average commute time of 16.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Washington 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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$29,387

Median Household Income

± $1,351

18.2k

Number of Households

± 773

In 2017, the median household income of the 18.2k households in Washington County, MS grew to $29,387 from the previous year's value of $28,452.

The following chart displays the households in Washington 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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Housing

Property Value

$74,400

2017 Median

± $2,930

$73,000

2016 Median

± $2,805

In 2017, the median property value in Washington County, MS grew to to $74,400 from the previous year's value of $73,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Washington 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 Washington County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

54.5%

2017 Homeownership

55.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.5% of the housing units in Washington County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 55.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Washington 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 Washington County, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Washington County, MS have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

16.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Washington County, MS have a shorter commute time (16.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.55% of the workforce in Washington County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    87.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.13%

  3. Worked At Home

    1.2%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Washington County, MS was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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