Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi

The Jefferson Davis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Prentiss.


The County is located in south-central Mississippi, is located in the south about 50 miles from Louisiana and has an area of 1060 square kilometers, of which two square miles are water. It is bordered by the following counties:


The Jefferson Davis County was formed on March 31, 1906 from parts of Covington County and Lawrence County. It was named after Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America and thus leader of the southern states during the Civil War.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2000 lived in Jefferson Davis County 13,962 people in 5,177 households and 3,768 families. The population density was 13 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 41.66 percent White, 57.38 percent Black or African American, 0.14 percent Native American, 0.18 percent Asian, 0.01 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander, and 0.08 percent from other races groups; 0.57 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.77 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, were members of the various groups mentioned.

Of the 5,177 households out of which 32.9 percent of children under the age of 18 living with them. 45.7 percent were married couples living together, 21.6 percent were single mothers and 27.2 percent were non-families. 25.0 percent of all households were single-person households, and 11.9 percent had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size is 3.20 people.

28.4 percent of the population was under 18 years old, 9.9 percent between 18 and 24, 25.4 percent between 25 and 44, 22.5 percent between 45 and 64 years old and 13.8 percent were 65 years or older. The average age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males to 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The average income of a household was $ 21,834, for a family is $ 27,594. Males had a median income of $ 23,942, women $ 16,510. The per capita income was $ 11,974. Approximately 23.2 percent of families and 28.2 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Cities and Towns

  • Bassfield
  • Carson
  • Oak Vale1
  • Prentiss

1 - partly in Lawrence County