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Mississippi State Profile

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Population

  • With 2,921,088 residents in 2005, Mississippi is the 31st most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Mississippi grew 2.7 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Mississippi is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics and African-Americans are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 60.8% 60.6% 60.4% 60.2% 60.0% 59.7%
Hispanic, Latino 1.4% 1.5% 1.5% 1.6% 1.7% 1.7%
African-American 36.2% 36.4% 36.5% 36.6% 36.6% 36.8%
Native American, AK Native 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Asian, Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7%
Two or More Races 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.6% 0.6% 0.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Mississippi - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Mississippi are Jackson, Gulfport-Biloxi, Pascagoula, and Hattiesburg.
  • Jackson (the capital of MS) had an estimated population of 522,580 in 2005 – the 92nd largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Gulfport in 2005 was 255,383 – the 170th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Pascagoula was the 242nd largest metropolitan area with 150,564 residents.
  • Hattiesburg had 123,812 residents – the 276th largest MSA in the U.S.

Mississippi - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Mississippi had the lowest personal income per capita among the 50 states ($24,518 per resident).
  • Mississippi’s personal income relative to the U.S. rose from 54 percent in 1960 to 74 percent in 2004 – but still remains well below the U.S. average (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Mississippi as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Mississippi per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Mississippi has the highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (21.3%) and the highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (30.9%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Mississippi - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Mississippi ranked 48th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (81.3%).
  • Mississippi ranked 49th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (20.1%) and 48th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (6.8%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Mississippi has larger percentages of adults who have less than a high school education, just a high school diploma, and an associate’s degree, and smaller percentages with bachelor’s degrees and higher (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Mississippi and the U.S. Average
Mississippi education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Mississippi - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate of all states – 7.9 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Mississippi has larger percentages of its workforce employed in construction, production and transportation, farming and fishing, and service occupations, and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with a much larger percentage of Mississippi’s employment in the manufacturing industry, and slightly larger percentages employed in public administration, education and healthcare, transportation, and agriculture industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Mississippi ranked 49th among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Mississippi - Health and Well-Being

  • 17.1 percent of Mississippi residents do not have health insurance – the 10th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 29.4 percent of Mississippi residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – much higher than the national average of 23.1 percent, and the state with the highest rate of obesity in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Mississippi, 213 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – slightly higher than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Mississippi residents (410 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 (the 2nd highest rate among states) – much higher than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Mississippi ranked 50th (last) among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Mississippi - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Mississippi had the 19th lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (295 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 3,479 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Mississippi – slightly below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Mississippi had the 4th highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 723 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Mississippi has remained above the U.S. average since 1980, and increased substantially during the past decade (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Mississippi and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Mississippi and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Mississippi Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Mississippi ranges from $14,479 in Jefferson County to $37,837 in Madison County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 7.8 percent in Bibb County to 42.0 percent in Madison County (a ratio of more than 5 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

Mississippi Counties

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