Mississippi Poverty Rate by County

Data Item State
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People of all ages in poverty - percent, 2006-2010 - (Percent)
County Value
Adams 30.4
Alcorn 19.1
Amite 27.6
Attala 24.9
Benton 26.0
Bolivar 35.7
Calhoun 23.1
Carroll 23.6
Chickasaw 24.9
Choctaw 21.3
Claiborne 35.0
Clarke 23.1
Clay 25.7
Coahoma 35.5
Copiah 22.6
Covington 25.6
DeSoto 9.8
Forrest 25.6
Franklin 23.2
George 14.4
Greene 18.4
Grenada 25.2
Hancock 14.7
Harrison 15.3
Hinds 22.5
Holmes 43.4
Humphreys 42.9
Issaquena 39.7
Itawamba 13.0
Jackson 14.8
Jasper 18.6
Jefferson 39.0
Jefferson Davis 26.2
Jones 22.8
Kemper 28.3
Lafayette 24.1
Lamar 15.2
Lauderdale 23.6
Lawrence 19.9
Leake 22.8
Lee 19.1
Leflore 39.7
Lincoln 17.2
Lowndes 22.3
Madison 13.0
Marion 23.3
Marshall 21.8
Monroe 20.8
Montgomery 24.1
Neshoba 19.2
Newton 17.0
Noxubee 35.6
Oktibbeha 32.0
Panola 29.1
Pearl River 20.1
Perry 18.8
Pike 25.3
Pontotoc 16.4
Prentiss 22.1
Quitman 34.8
Rankin 11.1
Scott 22.2
Sharkey 34.9
Simpson 22.4
Smith 19.5
Stone 17.5
Sunflower 33.3
Tallahatchie 32.5
Tate 17.5
Tippah 24.1
Tishomingo 20.4
Tunica 25.7
Union 19.8
Walthall 22.3
Warren 21.4
Washington 34.8
Wayne 23.6
Webster 25.4
Wilkinson 28.1
Winston 25.0
Yalobusha 26.2
Yazoo 33.0

Value for Mississippi (Percent): 21.2%

Data item: People of all ages in poverty - percent, 2006-2010

Source: U. S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates. Updated every year. http://factfinder2.census.gov

Definitions:

Poverty statistics in ACS products adhere to the standards specified by the Office of Management and Budget in Statistical Policy Directive 14. The Census Bureau uses a set of dollar value thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. Further, poverty thresholds for people living alone or with nonrelatives (unrelated individuals) vary by age (under 65 years or 65 years and older). The poverty thresholds for two-person families also vary by the age of the householder. If a family's total income is less than the dollar value of the appropriate threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. Similarly, if an unrelated individual's total income is less than the appropriate threshold, then that individual is considered to be in poverty.

How the Census Bureau Determines Poverty Status

Poverty status is determined by comparing annual income to a set of dollar values called poverty thresholds that vary by family size, number of children and age of householder. If a family's before tax money income is less than the dollar value of their threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. For people not living in families, poverty status is determined by comparing the individual's income to his or her poverty threshold.

The poverty thresholds are updated annually to allow for changes in the cost of living using the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). They do not vary geographically. The ACS is a continuous survey and people respond throughout the year. Since income is reported for the previous 12 months, the appropriate poverty threshold for each family is determined by multiplying the base-year poverty threshold (1982) by the average of monthly CPI values for the 12 months preceding the survey month.

Scope and Methodology:

These data are collected in the American Community Survey (ACS). The data are estimates and are subject to sampling variability. The data for each geographic area are presented together with margins of error at factfinder2.census.gov. The data are period estimates, that is, they represent the characteristics of the population over a specific 60-month data collection period.

Since answers to income questions are frequently based on memory and not on records, many people tended to forget minor or sporadic sources of income and, therefore, underreport their income. Underreporting tends to be more pronounced for income sources that are not derived from earnings, such as public assistance, interest, dividends, and net rental income.

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