Kemper County, MS

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Population

10,082

0.454% decline

Median Age

41.7


Median Household Income

$27,016

9.72% decline

Poverty Rate

31.8%


Number of Employees

3,538

0.646% decline

Median Property Value

$70,900

11.8% growth

About

In 2017, Kemper County, MS had a population of 10.1k people with a median age of 41.7 and a median household income of $27,016. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Kemper County, MS declined from 10,128 to 10,082, a -0.454% decrease and its median household income declined from $29,925 to $27,016, a -9.72% decrease.

The population of Kemper County, MS is 60.3% Black or African American Alone, 34.2% White Alone, and 3.75% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. N/A% of the people in Kemper County, MS speak a non-English language, and 100% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kemper County, MS are East Mississippi Community College (945 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Kemper County, MS is $70,900, and the homeownership rate is 76.4%. Most people in Kemper County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 31.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Kemper County, MS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Kemper County, MS employs 3.54k people. The largest industries in Kemper County, MS are Manufacturing (693 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (509 people), and Construction (340 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($91,719), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($45,833), and Educational Services ($36,856).

Median household income in Kemper County, MS is $27,016. Males in Kemper 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 Kemper County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$27,016

2017 value

± $3,197

-9.72%

1 Year Growth

± 18.2%

Households in Kemper County, MS have a median annual income of $27,016, 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 $29,925 in 2016, which represents a -9.72% 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 Kemper 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 302

  2. Census Tract 301

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kemper County, MS was Census Tract 302 with a value of $27,293, followed by Census Tract 301 and N/A, with respective values of $25,995 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

31.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kemper County, MS (2.91k out of 9.14k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females < 5.

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

    2,497 ± 358

  2. White

    325 ± 145

  3. Native American

    83 ± 136

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kemper County, MS is Black, followed by White and Native American.

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

3.54k

2017 Value

± 487

-0.646%

1 Year decline

± 18.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kemper County, MS declined at a rate of -0.646%, from 3.56k employees to 3.54k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kemper County, MS, are Production Occupations (532 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (405 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (287 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kemper County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Kemper County, MS, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (532 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (405 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (287 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kemper County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.59 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.49 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.32 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Kemper County, MS, by median earnings, are Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations ($72,500), Management Occupations ($62,563), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($46,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.54k

2017 Value

± 487

-0.646%

1 Year decline

± 18.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kemper County, MS declined at a rate of -0.646%, from 3.56k employees to 3.54k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kemper County, MS, are Manufacturing (693 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (509 people), and Construction (340 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kemper County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Kemper 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 Kemper County, MS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (693 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (509 people), and Construction (340 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kemper County, MS has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.93 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.78 times), and Public Administration (1.7 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Kemper County, MS, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($91,719), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($45,833), and Educational Services ($36,856).

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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

88.6% of the population of Kemper County, MS has health coverage, with 36.3% on employee plans, 28.9% on Medicaid, 12% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 1.44% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Kemper County, MS see 9969 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4948 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 0 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

9,969 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Kemper County, MS see an average of 9,969 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kemper County, MS in comparison to neighboring states.

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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

11.4%

Uninsured

36.3%

Employer Coverage

28.9%

Medicaid

12%

Medicare

10%

Non-Group

1.44%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kemper County, MS declined by 17.8% from 13.8% to 11.4%.

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

Kemper County, MS is home to a population of 10.1k people, from which 100% are citizens. As of 2017, 0% of Kemper County, MS residents were born outside of the country (0 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Kemper County, MS is composed of 6.08k Black or African American Alone residents (60.3%), 3.45k White Alone residents (34.2%), 378 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (3.75%), 171 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.7%), 9 Two or More Races residents (0.0893%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

N/A

Median Native-Born Age

± N/A

N/A

Median Foreign-Born Age

± N/A

In 2017, the median age of all people in Kemper County, MS was 41.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of N/A, were generally N/A than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of N/A. But people in Kemper County, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Kemper County, MS residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0 people

0.0296%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3 people

As of 2017, 0% of Kemper County, MS residents (0 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 Kemper County, MS was 0.0296%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

100%

2017 Citizenship

100%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 100% of Kemper County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Kemper County, MS was 100%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been maintaining.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    6.08k ± 158

  2. White Alone

    3.45k ± 20

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    378 ± 20

In 2017, there were 1.76 times more Black or African American Alone residents (6.08k people) in Kemper County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.45k White Alone and 378 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Kemper 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 Kemper 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 Kemper County, MS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Kemper 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

    205 ± 114

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    48 ± 33

  3. Korea

    29 ± 48

Kemper County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Kemper County, MS awarded 945 degrees. The student population of Kemper County, MS is skewed towards women, with 1,758 male students and 2,147 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kemper County, MS are White (529 and 56%), followed by Black or African American (361 and 38.2%), Unknown (19 and 2.01%), and Two or More Races (15 and 1.59%).

The largest universities in Kemper County, MS by number of degrees awarded are East Mississippi Community College (945 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Kemper County, MS are Liberal Arts & Sciences (174 and 18.4%), Other Health Preparatory Programs (88 and 9.31%), and General Business (47 and 4.97%).

The median tuition costs in Kemper 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. 174 degrees awarded

  2. 88 degrees awarded

  3. 47 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Kemper County, MS was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 174 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Kemper County, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

945 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Kemper County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was East Mississippi Community College with 945 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

430

Degrees Awarded to Men

515

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 430 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kemper County, MS, which is 0.835 times less than the 515 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    529 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    361 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    19 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Kemper County, MS were to White students. These 529 degrees mean that there were 1.47 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 361 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kemper County, MS was $70,900 in 2017, which is 0.326 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $63,400 to $70,900, a 11.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Kemper County, MS is 76.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Kemper County, MS have an average commute time of 31.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Kemper 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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$27,016

Median Household Income

± $3,197

3.7k

Number of Households

± 462

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.7k households in Kemper County, MS declined from $27,016 from the previous year's value of $29,925.

The following chart displays the households in Kemper 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

$70,900

2017 Median

± $9,191

$63,400

2016 Median

± $9,325

In 2017, the median property value in Kemper County, MS grew to to $70,900 from the previous year's value of $63,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Kemper 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 Kemper County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

76.4%

2017 Homeownership

78.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76.4% of the housing units in Kemper County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 78.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Kemper 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 Kemper County, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Kemper County, MS have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

31.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kemper County, MS have a longer commute time (31.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.84% of the workforce in Kemper County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81%

  2. Carpooled

    11.6%

  3. Other

    3.06%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Kemper County, MS was Drove Alone (81%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.6%) and those who Other (3.06%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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