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Kemper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippimarker. As of 2000, the population was 10,453. Its county seat is De Kalbmarker. It is named in honor of Reuben Kemper.

The county is part of the Meridian, Mississippimarker Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Long-time United States Senator John C. Stennis (1947-1989) was born in Kemper County. East Mississippi Community College is located in the town of Scoobamarker, at the junction of US 45 and Mississippi Highway 16.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 767 square miles (1,987 km²), of which, 766 square miles (1,984 km²) of it is land and the other 1 square miles (2 km²) of it (0.11%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 10,453 people, 3,909 households, and 2,787 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,533 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 39.03% White, 58.13% Black or African American, 2.06% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,909 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.70% were married couples living together, 20.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 12.50% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,998, and the median income for a family was $30,248. Males had a median income of $24,431 versus $18,199 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,985. About 21.20% of families and 26.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.30% of those under age 18 and 26.70% of those age 65 or over.



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