Lamar County, MS

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Population

60,517

1.5% growth

Poverty Rate

16.3%


Median Age

34.7


Median Household Income

$56,129

4.16% growth

Number of Employees

27,791

1.15% decline

Median Property Value

$169,000

0.295% decline

About

In 2017, Lamar County, MS had a population of 60.5k people with a median age of 34.7 and a median household income of $56,129. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lamar County, MS grew from 59,623 to 60,517, a 1.5% increase and its median household income grew from $53,888 to $56,129, a 4.16% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lamar County, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (74.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (20%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.39%), White (Hispanic) (1.35%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.32%). N/A% of the people in Lamar County, MS speak a non-English language, and 98.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lamar County, MS are Institute of Health & Technology (95 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Lamar County, MS is $169,000, and the homeownership rate is 68.1%. Most people in Lamar County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Lamar County, MS is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Lamar County, MS employs 27.8k people. The largest industries in Lamar County, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,475 people), Educational Services (3,950 people), and Retail Trade (3,399 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,228), Utilities ($72,768), and Wholesale Trade ($55,347).

Median household income in Lamar County, MS is $56,129. Males in Lamar 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 Lamar County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,129

2017 value

± $2,878

4.16%

1 Year Growth

± 6.25%

Households in Lamar County, MS have a median annual income of $56,129, 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 $53,888 in 2016, which represents a 4.16% 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 Lamar 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 202.02

  2. Census Tract 202.01

  3. Census Tract 201

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lamar County, MS was Census Tract 202.02 with a value of $99,223, followed by Census Tract 202.01 and Census Tract 201, with respective values of $69,693 and $63,045.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lamar 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

16.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lamar County, MS (9.78k out of 60k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

    5,673 ± 666

  2. Black

    3,146 ± 490

  3. Hispanic

    732 ± 289

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lamar 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

27.8k

2017 Value

± 1,445

-1.15%

1 Year decline

± 7.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lamar County, MS declined at a rate of -1.15%, from 28.1k employees to 27.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lamar County, MS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,403 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,486 people), and Management Occupations (3,083 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lamar County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lamar County, MS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,403 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,486 people), and Management Occupations (3,083 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lamar County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.59 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.51 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lamar County, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($76,097), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($67,167), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,768).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

27.8k

2017 Value

± 1,445

-1.15%

1 Year decline

± 7.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lamar County, MS declined at a rate of -1.15%, from 28.1k employees to 27.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lamar County, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,475 people), Educational Services (3,950 people), and Retail Trade (3,399 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lamar County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Lamar 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 Lamar County, MS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,475 people), Educational Services (3,950 people), and Retail Trade (3,399 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lamar County, MS has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.31 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.53 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lamar County, MS, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,228), Utilities ($72,768), and Wholesale Trade ($55,347).

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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

87.5% of the population of Lamar County, MS has health coverage, with 46.1% on employee plans, 15.1% on Medicaid, 9.19% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 3.48% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lamar County, MS see 674 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.32% decrease from the previous year (683 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1032 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3583 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

674 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lamar County, MS see an average of 674 patients per year. This represents a 1.32% decrease from the previous year (683 patients).

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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

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

12.5%

Uninsured

46.1%

Employer Coverage

15.1%

Medicaid

9.19%

Medicare

13.7%

Non-Group

3.48%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lamar County, MS declined by 11.1% from 14.1% to 12.5%.

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

Lamar County, MS is home to a population of 60.5k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.78% of Lamar County, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.68k people).

In 2017, there were 3.74 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.2k people) in Lamar County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 839 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

33

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lamar County, MS was 34.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in Lamar County, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lamar County, MS residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.78%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.68k people

2.91%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.74k people

As of 2017, 2.78% of Lamar County, MS residents (1.68k 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 Lamar County, MS was 2.91%, 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

98.5%

2017 Citizenship

98.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.5% of Lamar County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lamar County, MS was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lamar County, MS

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    45.2k ± 38

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    12.1k ± 244

  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    839 ± 119

In 2017, there were 3.74 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.2k people) in Lamar County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 839 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,102 ± 171

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,013 ± 254

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    864 ± 239

Lamar County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Lamar County, MS awarded 95 degrees. The student population of Lamar County, MS is skewed towards women, with 6 male students and 118 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lamar County, MS are Black or African American (60 and 63.2%), followed by White (32 and 33.7%), Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (1 and 1.05%), and Hispanic or Latino (1 and 1.05%).

The largest universities in Lamar County, MS by number of degrees awarded are Institute of Health & Technology (95 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lamar County, MS are Medical Assistant (69 and 72.6%) and Massage Therapy (26 and 27.4%).

The median tuition costs in Lamar 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. 69 degrees awarded

  2. 26 degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Lamar County, MS was Medical Assistant with 69 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Lamar County, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

95 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Lamar County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Institute of Health & Technology with 95 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

11

Degrees Awarded to Men

84

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 11 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lamar County, MS, which is 0.131 times less than the 84 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

    60 degrees awarded

  2. White

    32 degrees awarded

  3. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders

    1 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lamar County, MS were to Black or African American students. These 60 degrees mean that there were 1.88 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 32 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lamar County, MS was $169,000 in 2017, which is 0.736 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $169,500 to $169,000, a 0.295% decrease. The homeownership rate in Lamar County, MS is 68.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lamar County, MS have an average commute time of 24.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lamar County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$169,000

2017 Median

± $4,986

$169,500

2016 Median

± $5,786

In 2017, the median property value in Lamar County, MS declined from to $169,000 from the previous year's value of $169,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lamar 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 Lamar County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$56,129

Median Household Income

± $2,878

22k

Number of Households

± 1,207

In 2017, the median household income of the 22k households in Lamar County, MS grew to $56,129 from the previous year's value of $53,888.

The following chart displays the households in Lamar 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

68.1%

2017 Homeownership

66.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.1% of the housing units in Lamar County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.8%.

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

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Commute Time

24.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lamar County, MS have a shorter commute time (24.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.68% of the workforce in Lamar County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.6%

  2. Carpooled

    6.69%

  3. Other

    5.78%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lamar County, MS was Drove Alone (84.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.69%) and those who Other (5.78%).

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

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