Sunflower County, MS

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Population

26,915

1.86% decline

Poverty Rate

32.5%


Median Age

34.9


Median Household Income

$28,556

5.27% growth

Number of Employees

8,371

1.18% decline

Median Property Value

$71,600

0.703% growth

About

In 2017, Sunflower County, MS had a population of 26.9k people with a median age of 34.9 and a median household income of $28,556. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sunflower County, MS declined from 27,424 to 26,915, a -1.86% decrease and its median household income grew from $27,126 to $28,556, a 5.27% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sunflower County, MS are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (73.7%), White (Non-Hispanic) (24.2%), White (Hispanic) (0.784%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (0.346%), and Black or African American (Hispanic) (0.32%). N/A% of the people in Sunflower County, MS speak a non-English language, and 99.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sunflower County, MS are Mississippi Delta Community College (481 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Sunflower County, MS is $71,600, and the homeownership rate is 56.2%. Most people in Sunflower County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Sunflower County, MS is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Sunflower County, MS employs 8.37k people. The largest industries in Sunflower County, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,388 people), Retail Trade (1,071 people), and Educational Services (846 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,156), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($56,250), and Information ($52,917).

Median household income in Sunflower County, MS is $28,556. Males in Sunflower 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 Sunflower County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$28,556

2017 value

± $2,587

5.27%

1 Year Growth

± 10.7%

Households in Sunflower County, MS have a median annual income of $28,556, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $27,126 in 2016, which represents a 5.27% 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.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi by number of full-time 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 Sunflower 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9504.01

  2. Census Tract 9506

  3. Census Tract 9502

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sunflower County, MS was Census Tract 9504.01 with a value of $40,354, followed by Census Tract 9506 and Census Tract 9502, with respective values of $37,443 and $31,883.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

32.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sunflower County, MS (7.46k out of 23k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    6,905 ± 433

  2. White

    555 ± 142

  3. Hispanic

    143 ± 118

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

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

8.37k

2017 Value

± 529

-1.18%

1 Year decline

± 8.93%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sunflower County, MS declined at a rate of -1.18%, from 8.47k employees to 8.37k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sunflower County, MS, are Sales & Related Occupations (995 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (981 people), and Production Occupations (712 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sunflower County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sunflower County, MS, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (995 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (981 people), and Production Occupations (712 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sunflower County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.94 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.85 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.88 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sunflower County, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($141,250), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($90,625), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($52,207).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.37k

2017 Value

± 529

-1.18%

1 Year decline

± 8.93%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sunflower County, MS declined at a rate of -1.18%, from 8.47k employees to 8.37k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sunflower County, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,388 people), Retail Trade (1,071 people), and Educational Services (846 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sunflower County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Sunflower 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 Sunflower County, MS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,388 people), Retail Trade (1,071 people), and Educational Services (846 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sunflower County, MS has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.41 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.82 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.64 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sunflower County, MS, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,156), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($56,250), and Information ($52,917).

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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. $46.3B

  2. $23.9B

  3. $14.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $46.3B, followed by Textiles/leather ($23.9B) and Mixed freight ($14.2B).

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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$206B

2020 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

34.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Mississippi trade was $206B. This is expected to increase 34.7% 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. $37.6B

  2. $18B

  3. $17.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $37.6B, followed by Tennessee with $18B and Louisiana and $17.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Mississippi shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

82.1% of the population of Sunflower County, MS has health coverage, with 29.8% on employee plans, 33.1% on Medicaid, 8.77% on Medicare, 9.45% on non-group plans, and 1.03% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Sunflower County, MS see 3001 patients per year on average, which represents a 12.7% decrease from the previous year (3437 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2934 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 6602 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

3,001 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Sunflower County, MS see an average of 3,001 patients per year. This represents a 12.7% decrease from the previous year (3,437 patients).

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

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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%).

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Access and Quality

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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

17.9%

Uninsured

29.8%

Employer Coverage

33.1%

Medicaid

8.77%

Medicare

9.45%

Non-Group

1.03%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sunflower County, MS declined by 7.63% from 19.3% to 17.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sunflower 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%.

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Diversity

Sunflower County, MS is home to a population of 26.9k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.695% of Sunflower County, MS residents were born outside of the country (187 people).

In 2017, there were 3.05 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.8k people) in Sunflower County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.5k White (Non-Hispanic) and 211 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sunflower County, MS was 34.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Sunflower County, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Sunflower County, MS residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.695%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

187 people

0.624%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

171 people

As of 2017, 0.695% of Sunflower County, MS residents (187 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 Sunflower County, MS was 0.624%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

99.8%

2017 Citizenship

99.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.8% of Sunflower County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sunflower County, MS was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sunflower County, MS

  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    19.8k ± 101

  2. White (Non-Hispanic)

    6.5k ± 24

  3. White (Hispanic)

    211 ± 72

In 2017, there were 3.05 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.8k people) in Sunflower County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.5k White (Non-Hispanic) and 211 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Sunflower County, MS as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    300 ± 91

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    176 ± 78

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    133 ± 55

Sunflower County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.7 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Sunflower County, MS awarded 481 degrees. The student population of Sunflower County, MS is skewed towards women, with 877 male students and 1,443 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sunflower County, MS are Black or African American (290 and 60.3%), followed by White (174 and 36.2%), Hispanic or Latino (10 and 2.08%), and Asian (7 and 1.46%).

The largest universities in Sunflower County, MS by number of degrees awarded are Mississippi Delta Community College (481 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Sunflower County, MS are General Studies (187 and 38.9%), Registered Nursing (36 and 7.48%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (30 and 6.24%).

The median tuition costs in Sunflower 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. 187 degrees awarded

  2. 36 degrees awarded

  3. 14 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Sunflower County, MS was General Studies with 187 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

481 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Sunflower County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Mississippi Delta Community College with 481 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

200

Degrees Awarded to Men

281

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 200 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sunflower County, MS, which is 0.712 times less than the 281 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    290 degrees awarded

  2. White

    174 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    10 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sunflower County, MS were to Black or African American students. These 290 degrees mean that there were 1.67 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 174 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sunflower County, MS was $71,600 in 2017, which is 0.312 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $71,100 to $71,600, a 0.703% increase. The homeownership rate in Sunflower County, MS is 56.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sunflower County, MS have an average commute time of 18.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sunflower County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$71,600

2017 Median

± $3,415

$71,100

2016 Median

± $3,529

In 2017, the median property value in Sunflower County, MS grew to to $71,600 from the previous year's value of $71,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sunflower 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 Sunflower County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $60k - $70k range.

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Household Income

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$28,556

Median Household Income

± $2,587

8.51k

Number of Households

± 506

In 2017, the median household income of the 8.51k households in Sunflower County, MS grew to $28,556 from the previous year's value of $27,126.

The following chart displays the households in Sunflower 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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

56.2%

2017 Homeownership

56.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.2% of the housing units in Sunflower County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 56.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sunflower County, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sunflower County, MS have a shorter commute time (18.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.24% of the workforce in Sunflower County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.1%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Walked

    2.64%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Sunflower County, MS was Drove Alone (83.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.1%) and those who Walked (2.64%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sunflower County, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sunflower County, MS have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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