Chickasaw County is a
county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi.
As of 2000, the population was 19,440.
county seats are Houston and Okolona .
Chickasaw county is named for the Chickasaw Native
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total
area of 504 square miles (1,306 km²), of which,
502 square miles (1,299 km²) of it is land and
3 square miles (7 km²) of it (0.54%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 19,440
people, 7,253 households, and 5,287 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 7,981 housing
units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 56.89% White
, 41.26% Black
or African American
, 0.19% Native American
, 0.17% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 0.99% from
, and 0.46%
from two or more races. 2.29% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 7,253 households out of which 36.30% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 50.80% were married couples
living together, 18.00% had a
female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were
non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals
and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or
older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family
size was 3.17.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.60% under the
age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from
45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,364, and
the median income for a family was $33,819. Males had a median
income of $25,459 versus $20,099 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$13,279. About 16.80% of families and 20.00% of the population were
below the poverty line
23.90% of those under age 18 and 22.40% of those age 65 or
Chickasaw County was the birthplace of singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry
, and served as the setting and
inspiration for many of her songs, including her biggest hit
"Ode to Billie Joe
". The early
blues performer Bukka White was born in Chickasaw county in the
town of Houston.