Kemper County, Mississippi
Population 10,383

Overview

Housing
Median Home Value
$65,500
Half are $38,000 - $97,500
Median Monthly Owner Costs
$765
With a Mortgage
Median Monthly Rent
$442
Includes Utilities
Median Year Housing Built
1979
Employment & Commute
Median Household Income
$29,000
Poverty Rate
33%
Unemployment Rate
15.1%
Education
Percent with a High School Diploma
76%
Ages 25+
Percent with a College Degree
19%
Ages 25+
Percent with a Post Grad Degree
2%
Ages 25+
Percent in Public School
87%
Ages 5-17 Enrolled in School
Demographics
Children
23%
Under 18
Young Adult Singles
19%
Ages 18-39
Middle Aged and Married
18%
Ages 40-64
Seniors
16%
Ages 65+

Kemper County, MS is a County:
Counties (or county equivalents) subdivide each state. In most cases, they have some level of government authority. They can be especially useful when analyzing the population outside of city limits. Louisiana refers to them as parishes and Alaska refers to them as boroughs. In some cases (such as Nashville, TN), the city and county governments are combined. In others (such as Baltimore, MD), the city is completely independent of a county.

Housing

1979

Median Year Housing was BuiltAll Housing Including Owner/Renter Occupied and Unoccupied

Year Housing was BuiltAll Housing Including Owner/Renter Occupied and Unoccupied

6.1%

Estimated Abandoned Homes

This estimate includes vacant housing that is not for rent, rented, for sale, sold, for seasonal/recreational/occasional use, or for migrant workers.

Number of BedroomsOccupied Housing Units

Total

None
0.3%
1
2.8%
2
19.8%
3
57.8%
4
17.8%
5+
1.5%

Owners

None
0.4%
1
0.0%
2
12.7%
3
62.9%
4
22.1%
5+
1.9%

Renters

None
0%
1
12%
2
42%
3
42%
4
4%
5+
0%
76.1%

Home Ownership PercentageOccupied Housing Units

23

Price to Rent RatioOccupied Housing Units

The price to rent ratio compares home values to rental costs. Values over 20 indicate that it is likely more affordable to rent. Values under 15 indicate that it is likely more affordable to buy. Values between 15 and 20 indicate that extra judgment must be taken when making housing decisions. It is calculated as the median home value divided by the median annual contract rent (ie. rent without additional utilities).

$65,500

Median Owner Occupied Home Value

Owner Occupied Home Values

$765

Median Monthly Ownership CostsOwner Occupied Housing Units with a Mortgage

Monthly housing costs include mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance, utilities, and condo fees. When comparing to monthly rental costs, be careful to also look at the median number of bedrooms. Owner occupied homes generally include more bedrooms than rentals.

3.6

Estimated Median Bedrooms for OwnersOwner Occupied Housing Units

Owner Occupied Homes by Number of BedroomsOwner Occupied Housing Units

None
0.4%
1
0.0%
2
12.7%
3
62.9%
4
22.1%
5+
1.9%
2.3

Housing Affordability (Median Multiple)

The median multiple is the ratio of median house price by the median annual household income. In other words, how many years would it take for the median income to pay off the median home price? Higher values indicate that the incomes in the area are not high enough to warrant the higher home prices. Anything under 3 is considered affordable while higher values indicate that housing is not affordable.

27%

Housing Cost Burdened Owners

Federally subsidized housing programs set the maximum affordable housing cost at 30% of income. This threshold has become a measure of housing affordability and is intended to make sure that households have enough money to for other needs including food, clothing, transportation, etc. Anyone spending more than 30% of their income on housing is considered house burdened because it becomes difficult to afford many of the other necessities of living.

$442

Median Monthly Rent and Utility CostsRenter Occupied Housing Units with Housing Costs

Monthly housing costs include rent and utilities. When comparing to monthly ownership costs, be careful to also look at the median number of bedrooms. Owner occupied homes generally include more bedrooms than rentals.

2.9

Estimated Median Bedrooms for RentersRenter Occupied Housing Units

Rental Properties by Number of BedroomsRenter Occupied Housing Units

None
0%
1
12%
2
42%
3
42%
4
4%
5+
0%
37%

Housing Cost Burdened Renters

Federally subsidized housing programs set the maximum affordable housing cost at 30% of income. This threshold has become a measure of housing affordability and is intended to make sure that households have enough money to for other needs including food, clothing, transportation, etc. Anyone spending more than 30% of their income on housing is considered house burdened because it becomes difficult to afford many of the other necessities of living.

Employment

$29,003

Median Household Income

Household Income

47.1

Household Income Inequality

Income inequality is measured using the Gini coefficient. Lower values indicate that household income is spread evenly across the income groups. Higher values indicate that one income group is much more common than others.

33%

Poverty Rate

Poverty status uses the standards set by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). If a family's total income is less than a certain threshold, every person in the family is considered to be in poverty. The threshold varies based on family size, composition, and age.

$18,689

Median Annual Individual EarningsPast 12 months for the Population Ages 16+ With Earnings

Annual Individual EarningsPopulation Ages 16+ with Earnings

66%

Unadjusted Gender Pay GapPopulation Ages 16+ with Earnings

The unadjusted gender pay gap is the median indvidiual female earnings as a percentage of male earnings. In other words, women who work in Kemper County, MS generally make around 6586% of what men do. Much of that difference is likely due to the number of hours worked (see the Full Time vs Part Time Work chart), occupations chosen (see the Employed by Occupation chart), education, and job experience. Adjusting for each of those factors to see what women with similar qualifications and jobs make compared to men is difficult, but the adjusted pay gap would be more likely to show the difference due to discrimination, difference in ability, or willingness to negotiate pay. For these reasons, differences in the gender pay shown here may be more likely to show the gender ideals in an area than the discriminatory practices. It is also worth noting that the 50% of men and 44% of women ages 16+ that did not have earnings were not included in the calculation.

15.1%

Unemployment RatePopulation Ages 16+ in the Civilian Labor Force

To classify as unemployed, people must not be in the military and must be actively looking for work (also known as the U3 measure of unemployment which is the official unemployment rate). In Kemper County, MS, 50% of the population ages 16+ are not employed, but are also not looking for work so they are not considered in the unemployment rate. See the Labor Force Participation Rate for more information.

Unemployment by Education LevelCivilian Population Ages 25-64 in the Labor Force

50%

Labor Force Participation RatePopulation Ages 16+

People in the labor force include those in the armed forces as well as civilians who are employed or classified as unemployed. To classify as unemployed, people must be actively looking for work. Common people that are not considered in the labor force are students, homemakers, retired workers, seasonal workers not currently looking for work, and institutionalized people. In Kemper County, MS, 50% of people are neither employed or looking for work.

Full Time vs Part Time WorkPopulation Ages 16-64 Who Worked in the Last 12 Months

Full-time employment is typically considered 35-40 hours per week. With the exception of health care coverage, federal law does not regulate the definition of full time employment for compensation and benefits purposes. The Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) mandates that all employees working an average of 30 or more hours per week at a large employer must be eligible for health care coverage.

Total

35+ Hours per Week
77%
15-34 Hours per Week
19%
1-14 Hours per Week
4%

Male

35+ Hours per Week
82%
15-34 Hours per Week
13%
1-14 Hours per Week
5%

Female

35+ Hours per Week
73%
15-34 Hours per Week
24%
1-14 Hours per Week
3%

Employed by IndustryFull-time, Year-Round Civilians Ages 16+

Male
Female
Compared to US Avg
High Health care and social assistance
2%
15%
Normal Manufacturing
6%
8%
High Construction
11%
1%
Normal Retail trade
3%
7%
High Wholesale trade
3%
4%
High Other services, except public administration
5%
Low Educational services
2%
4%
High Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
5%
Normal Transportation and warehousing
3%
1%
Low Public administration
2%
2%
Low Accommodation and food services
1%
2%
Normal Administrative, support, waste management services
2%
1%
Low Finance and insurance
1%
2%
Normal Arts, entertainment, and recreation
2%
High Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
2%
Low Professional, scientific, and technical services
1%
Low Information
1%
Normal Utilities
1%

Employed by OccupationFull-time, Year-Round Civilians Ages 16+

Male
Female
Compared to US Avg
Low Office and administrative support
2%
10%
High Installation, maintenance, and repair
10%
1%
High Production
5%
5%
Low Sales and related
2%
7%
High Construction and extraction
9%
High Building, grounds cleaning, maintenance
4%
3%
High Transportation
4%
2%
Low Management
2%
3%
High Health technologists and technicians
5%
High Healthcare support
1%
4%
High Farming, fishing, and forestry
4%
Low Education, training, and library
1%
2%
Normal Personal care and service
1%
2%
Low Health diagnosing, treating practitioners, other technical
3%
Normal Law enforcement workers including supervisors
1%
1%
Low Food preparation and serving related
1%
1%
Low Business and financial operations
2%
Normal Material moving
1%
Normal Community and social service
1%
Low Computer and mathematical
Low Legal
Low Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

Means Of Transportation To WorkWorkers Ages 16+

Car, truck, etc.
92.3%
Public transportation
0.7%
Taxi
0.0%
Bicycle, Walked, or Other Means
2.0%
Worked at Home
4.9%

Travel Time to WorkIn Minutes for Workers Ages 16+ Who Did Not Work at Home

Time Leaving for WorkWorkers Ages 16+ Who Did Not Work at Home

Average Commute by Time Leaving for WorkIn Minutes for Workers Ages 16+ Who Did Not Work at Home

Time Arriving at WorkWorkers Ages 16+ Who Did Not Work at Home

Education

Educational AttainmentPopulation Ages 25+

Less than High School Diploma
24.1%
High School Graduate
56.6%
Associate's degree
8.8%
Bachelor's degree
8.4%
Master's degree
1.5%
Professional school degree
0.2%
Doctorate degree
0.4%
76%

Percent with a High School DiplomaPopulation Ages 25+

High school diplomas include equivalencies, but do not include those who reported completing grade 12 without a diploma.

19%

Percent with a College DegreePopulation Ages 25+

College degrees include those with an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional school, or Doctorate degree.

2%

Percent with a Post Graduate DegreePopulation Ages 25+

Post graduate degrees include those with a Master's, Professional school, or Doctorate degree.

School EnrollmentPopulation Ages 5-17

Not being enrolled in school does not necessarily mean that the student dropped out. Only schools that lead to a high school diploma or college degree are included. Home schoolers were instructed to select private school. Ages 3-4 are not included because preschool programs are not usually mandated by law and only 63% of children in this age range were enrolled in Kemper County, MS.

Enrolled in Public School
87%
Enrolled in Private School
13%
Not Enrolled in School
0%
2%

Percent Not Enrolled in SchoolPopulation Ages 16-19 without a High School Diploma

87%

Percent Enrolled in Public SchoolPopulation Ages 5-17 Enrolled in School

Demographics

10,383

Total Population

Historical Population

The historical population of Kemper County, MS in each census year since 1790 is derived from census records. Historical populations are based on the present-day geographic area of Kemper County, MS and do not account for boundary changes over time. Learn more about the US population migrations and historical populations.

Total Population By Age

Life Stages

Children Under 10
14%
Children 10-17
10%
Young Adult Singles
19%
Middle Aged and Married
18%
Seniors
16%
Other
24%
14%

Children Under 10

10%

Children Ages 10-17

19%

Young Adult Singles (Ages 18-39)

18%

Middle Aged and Married (Ages 40-64)

16%

Seniors (Ages 65+)

Marital Status of MalesPopulation Ages 15+

Marital Status of FemalesPopulation Ages 15+

Household Composition

Single female/male families do not necessarily denote single parent households. Single householders living with siblings, their aging parents, or any other relatives would be included.

Married Couples
43%
Single Female Families
17%
Single Male Families
3%
Householder Living Alone
35%
Householder Living with Non-Relative
2%

Race

White
35.7%
Black
59.7%
American Indian or Alaskan
3.8%
Asian
0.1%
Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other
0.0%
Two Plus Races
0.7%
53

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

The racial and ethnic diversity index measures the probability that any two people chose at random from Kemper County, MS are of different races or ethnicities where higher numbers represent more diversity. It was developed by the University of North Carolina and USA Today in 1991 and adapted in 2000 to account for differences in Census questions. It uses the same calculation methods as the Gini Index used by the Census Bureau to determine household income inequality.

Climate

The climate estimates use Kemper County, MS weather from 1971 to 2000 at the nearest official weather station which is located at KIPLING 3 NW.

Average Daily Temperatures by Month (°F)

Average Monthly Precipitation (Inches)

Summer High Temps

This weather station's average summer high temps are higher than 77% of other weather stations.

Winter Low Temps

This weather station's average winter low temps are higher than 80% of other weather stations.

Precipitation Levels

This weather station's average precipitation levels are higher than 90% of other weather stations.

Entity Info

PropertySourceValue
State2013 ACSMS
Summary Level2013 ACS050 (county)
Logical Record Number2010 Census0080702
Logical Record Number2013 ACS0000047
Region2013 ACS3
Division2013 ACS6
State FIPS2013 ACS28
County FIPS2013 ACS069
Metro Micro Politan Statistical Area2013 ACS32940
Metro Micro Politan Statistical Area Size Code2010 Census18
Metropolitan Division2010 Census99999
Combined Statistical Area2010 Census999
Name2010 CensusKemper County
Name2013 ACSKemper County, Mississippi
Functional Status Code2010 CensusA
Legal Statistical Area Description Code2010 Census06
State ANSI2010 Census01779790
County ANSI2010 Census00695758
Combined Statistical Area Size Code2010 Census00
Metropolitan Micropolitan Indicator2010 Census2
Full GEOID2013 ACS05000US28069
GEOID2013 ACS28069
Population2010 Census10,456
Population2013 ACS10,383
Housing Units2010 Census4,722
Housing Units2013 ACS4,717
Land Area2013 ACS766.2 square miles
Water Area2013 ACS0.8 square miles
Population Density2013 ACS13.6 people per sq. mile
Minimum Bounding Rectangle Or Bounding Box2013 ACS[32.576833,-88.915253], [32.929082,-88.347850025608],
Centroid Or Center Coordinates2013 ACS32.754554445821, -88.641205707868
FIPS County Class Code2010 CensusH1
County Size Code2010 Census14