Lafayette County, MS

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Population
53,459
1.36% 1-year growth
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
Median Age
29.9

Poverty Rate
23.8%

Median Household Income
$47,132
4.69% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$188,600
6.37% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
24,456
0.151% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Lafayette County, MS had a population of 53.5k people with a median age of 29.9 and a median household income of $47,132. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Lafayette County, MS grew from 52,744 to 53,459, a 1.36% increase and its median household income grew from $45,019 to $47,132, a 4.69% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lafayette County, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (70%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (23.6%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.09%), White (Hispanic) (1.72%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.08%). NaNk% of the people in Lafayette County, MS speak a non-English language, and 97.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lafayette County, MS are University of Mississippi (5,716 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Lafayette County, MS is $188,600, and the homeownership rate is 61.2%. Most people in Lafayette County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Lafayette County, MS is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Mississippi (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Mississippi across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Mississippi went to Donald J. Trump with 55.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (40.6%), followed by Other (4.08%). The most partisan county was George County, MS with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Mississippi. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Lafayette County, MS is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Mississippi
55.3% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Mississippi
  1. 87.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 87% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.8% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Mississippi was George County, MS with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Mississippi colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Mississippi

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Roger Wicker
Senator from Mississippi1
Assumed office on December 31, 2007
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Senator from Mississippi2
Assumed office on April 9, 2018
Appointed to the seat after Thad Cochran's resignation.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing Mississippi.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Mississippi over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Mississippi

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Lafayette County, MS have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Lafayette County, MS is home to a population of 53.5k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2018, 3.51% of Lafayette County, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.88k people).

In 2018, there were 2.97 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.4k people) in Lafayette County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.12k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lafayette County, MS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    37.4k ± 291
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    12.6k ± 234
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    1.12k ± 112
2.64%
Hispanic Population
1.41k people

In 2018, there were 2.97 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.4k people) in Lafayette County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.12k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.64% of the people in Lafayette County, MS are hispanic (1.41k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.51%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.88k people
3.48%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
1.83k people

As of 2018, 3.51% of Lafayette County, MS residents (1.88k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lafayette County, MS was 3.48%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

30
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
34
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in Lafayette County, MS was 29.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Lafayette County, MS are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Lafayette County, MS residents was 29.

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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

97.6%
2018 Citizenship
97.9%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.6% of Lafayette County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Lafayette County, MS was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    631 ± 134
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    300 ± 114
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    237 ± 130

Lafayette County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Lafayette County, MS is $47,132. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lafayette County, MS was Census Tract 9504.01 with a value of $68,868, followed by Census Tract 9502.01 and Census Tract 9505.01, with respective values of $59,451 and $58,770.

Males in Mississippi have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,636. The income inequality in Mississippi (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Lafayette County, MS employs 24.5k people. The largest industries in Lafayette County, MS are Educational Services (5,098 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,357 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,666 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,136), Utilities ($76,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,060).

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,132
2018 value
± $4,004
4.69%
1 Year Growth
± 10.5%

Households in Lafayette County, MS have a median annual income of $47,132, 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 $45,019 in 2017, which represents a 4.69% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323
Average Male Salary in Mississippi
± $1,698
$36,636
Average Female Salary in Mississippi
± $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 in Mississippi
  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 in Mississippi.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lafayette County, MS is from Mississippi.
0.442
2017 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.446
2016 Wage GINI in Mississippi

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 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 9504.01
  2. Census Tract 9502.01
  3. Census Tract 9505.01

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lafayette County, MS was Census Tract 9504.01 with a value of $68,868, followed by Census Tract 9502.01 and Census Tract 9505.01, with respective values of $59,451 and $58,770.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lafayette County, MS (11.5k out of 48.4k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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. White
    6,727 ± 574
  2. Black
    4,185 ± 563
  3. Hispanic
    607 ± 191

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

24.5k
2018 Value
± 1,282
-0.151%
1 Year decline
± 7.25%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Lafayette County, MS declined at a rate of -0.151%, from 24.5k employees to 24.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lafayette County, MS, are Management Occupations (2,638 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2,587 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,518 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, MS, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (2,638 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2,587 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,518 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafayette County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.97 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.75 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($93,056), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,768), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($64,625).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

24.5k
2018 Value
± 1,282
-0.151%
1 Year decline
± 7.25%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Lafayette County, MS declined at a rate of -0.151%, from 24.5k employees to 24.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lafayette County, MS, are Educational Services (5,098 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,357 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,666 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lafayette County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Lafayette 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 Lafayette County, MS, by number of employees, are Educational Services (5,098 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,357 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,666 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafayette County, MS has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.25 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.44 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lafayette County, MS, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,136), Utilities ($76,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,060).

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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 in Mississippi
$277B
Projected 2045 Value in Mississippi
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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Education

In 2017, universities in Lafayette County, MS awarded 5,716 degrees. The student population of Lafayette County, MS is skewed towards women, with 10,134 male students and 13,002 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lafayette County, MS are White (4,451 and 79.9%), followed by Black or African American (726 and 13%), Hispanic or Latino (166 and 2.98%), and Two or More Races (101 and 1.81%).

The largest universities in Lafayette County, MS by number of degrees awarded are University of Mississippi (5,716 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lafayette County, MS are Accounting (319 and 5.58%), Registered Nursing (312 and 5.46%), and General Business Administration & Management (256 and 4.48%).

The median tuition costs in Lafayette County, MS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $8,190 and $23,454 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 253 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 228 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 312 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lafayette County, MS was General Studies with 253 degree-majorss awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
5,716 degrees awarded
$8,190
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Lafayette County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Mississippi with 5,716 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,276
Degrees Awarded to Men
3,440
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,276 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lafayette County, MS, which is 0.662 times less than the 3,440 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Lafayette County, MS by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,451 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    726 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    166 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lafayette County, MS were to White students. These 4,451 degrees mean that there were 6.13 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 726 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lafayette County, MS was $188,600 in 2018, which is 0.821 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $177,300 to $188,600, a 6.37% increase. The homeownership rate in Lafayette County, MS is 61.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lafayette County, MS have an average commute time of 18.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lafayette County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$188,600
2018 Median
± $9,049
$177,300
2017 Median
± $11,459

In 2018, the median property value in Lafayette County, MS grew to to $188,600 from the previous year's value of $177,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lafayette 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 Lafayette County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$47,132
Median Household Income
± $4,004
19.3k
Number of Households
± 1,010

In 2018, the median household income of the 19.3k households in Lafayette County, MS grew to $47,132 from the previous year's value of $45,019.

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

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Rent vs Own

61.2%
2018 Homeownership
58.4%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 61.2% of the housing units in Lafayette County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.4%.

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

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Commute Time

18.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lafayette County, MS have a shorter commute time (18.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 2.44% of the workforce in Lafayette 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%
  2. Carpooled
    10.3%
  3. Worked At Home
    3.72%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Lafayette County, MS was Drove Alone (81.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.3%) and those who Worked At Home (3.72%).

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 Lafayette County, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lafayette County, MS have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

91.1% of the population of Lafayette County, MS has health coverage, with 53.9% on employee plans, 11.7% on Medicaid, 8.31% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 1.43% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lafayette County, MS see 1611 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.436% increase from the previous year (1604 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2562 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 187 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

1,611 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lafayette County, MS

Primary care physicians in Lafayette County, MS see an average of 1,611 patients per year. This represents a 0.436% increase from the previous year (1,604 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lafayette 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%).

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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,646
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Mississippi
$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

8.94%
Uninsured
53.9%
Employer Coverage
11.7%
Medicaid
8.31%
Medicare
15.8%
Non-Group
1.43%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lafayette County, MS declined by 13% from 10.3% to 8.94%.

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