Clay County, MS

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2022 Population
18,598
0.906% 1-year decline
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.5
0.253% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
23%
1% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$37,412
4.98% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$110,600
9.94% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Clay County, MS had a population of 18.6k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $37,412. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Clay County, MS declined from 18,768 to 18,598, a −0.906% decrease and its median household income grew from $35,638 to $37,412, a 4.98% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Clay County, MS are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (60%), White (Non-Hispanic) (38%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.77%), Two+ (Hispanic) (0.113%), and White (Hispanic) (0.043%).

None of the households in Clay County, MS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.9% of the residents in Clay County, MS are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Clay County, MS was $110,600, and the homeownership rate was 68.3%.

Most people in Clay County, MS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Clay County, MS was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Clay County, MS is home to a population of 18.6k people, from which 99.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.452% of Clay County, MS residents were born outside of the country (84 people).

In 2022, there were 1.58 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.2k people) in Clay County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.07k White (Non-Hispanic) and 330 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.9%
2022 Citizenship
99.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.9% of Clay County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Clay County, MS was 99.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Clay County, MS
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.2k ± 139
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.07k ± 22
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    330 ± 127
0.156%
Hispanic Population
29 people

In 2022, there were 1.58 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.2k people) in Clay County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.07k White (Non-Hispanic) and 330 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

0.156% of the people in Clay County, MS are hispanic (29 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

0.452%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
84 people
0.357%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
67 people

As of 2022, 0.452% of Clay County, MS residents (84 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Clay County, MS was 0.357%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    343 ± 146
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    185 ± 111
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    70 ± 70

Clay County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Clay County, MS employs 7.09k people. The largest industries in Clay County, MS are Manufacturing (1,822 people), Retail Trade (874 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (862 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($48,750), Transportation & Warehousing ($46,016), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,522).

Occupations

7.09k
2022 Value
± 651
0.24%
1 Year growth
± 13.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Clay County, MS grew at a rate of 0.24%, from 7.07k employees to 7.09k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Clay County, MS, are Production Occupations (1,083 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (932 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (558 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Clay County, MS.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

7.09k
2022 Value
± 651
0.24%
1 Year growth
± 13.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Clay County, MS grew at a rate of 0.24%, from 7.07k employees to 7.09k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Clay County, MS, are Manufacturing (1,822 people), Retail Trade (874 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (862 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Clay County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Clay County, MS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$36,888
Median earning men ± $5,967
$30,254
Median earning women ± $3,763

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($104,000), Other Services Except Public Administration ($47,991), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,360).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($48,024), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($40,413), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($37,380).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.38%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.17M people employed in Mississippi. This represents a 1.38% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 12.5%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Mississippi.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 112
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 110
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 96
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Clay County, MS went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 57.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (41%), followed by Other (1.14%).

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.

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

US Senators from Mississippi

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

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.

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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 Mississippi have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.04% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.852% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (690k), Some college (543k), and Secondary Education (397k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Clay County, MS was $110,600 in 2022, which is 0.392 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $100,600 to $110,600, a 9.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Clay County, MS is 68.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Clay County, MS have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Clay County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Clay County, MS is $37,412. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Clay County, MS was Census Tract 9505 with a value of $44,659, followed by Census Tract 9502 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $41,739 and $39,623.

Property

$110,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$15,010
$5,178
Median Property Taxes
±$504

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Clay County, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Clay County, MS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

68.3%
Homeownership
2022
61.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 68.3% of the housing units in Clay County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9505
  2. Census Tract 9502
  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Clay County, MS was Census Tract 9505 with a value of $44,659, followed by Census Tract 9502 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $41,739 and $39,623.

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

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Household Income

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$37,412
Median Household Income
± $3,918
7.58k
Number of Households
± 646

In 2022, the median household income of the 7.58k households in Clay County, MS grew to $37,412 from the previous year's value of $35,638.

The following chart displays the households in Clay 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Clay County, MS is from Mississippi.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Mississippi

In 2022, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.553% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (84.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.63%)
  3. Carpooled (5.39%)

In 2022, 84.8% of workers in Clay County, MS drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.63%) and those who carpooled to work (5.39%).

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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Commute Time

22.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Clay County, MS have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.91% of the workforce in Clay County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

23% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Clay County, MS (4.21k out of 18.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Clay County, MS is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

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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Health

88.5% of the population of Clay County, MS has health coverage, with 38.6% on employee plans, 20.1% on Medicaid, 17.1% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.28% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Clay County, MS see 1932 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.3% decrease from the previous year (2154 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4838 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 553 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.4% were men and 53.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,932 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Clay County, MS

Primary care physicians in Clay County, MS see an average of 1,932 patients per year. This represents a 10.3% decrease from the previous year (2,154 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.8% under 18 years, 19.5% between 18 and 34 years, 37% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.4% were men and 53.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.5%
Uninsured
38.6%
Employer Coverage
20.1%
Medicaid
17.1%
Medicare
11.3%
Non-Group
1.28%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Clay County, MS grew by 1.65% from 11.3% to 11.5%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 74 in Clay County, MS.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 44.7% in Clay County, MS.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 15.8% in Clay County, MS.

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