University Research Center
DeSoto County
2012-2016 American Community Survey DeSoto County Mississippi
Total population 170,890 2,989,192
Male population 82,763 1,450,269
Female population 88,127 1,538,923
Median age 36.2 36.7
Age dependency ratio  62.5 63.3
Citizen voting age population 125,091 2,256,840
Male voting age population 59,507 1,077,550
Female voting age population 65,655 1,178,815
Median household income  $60,111 $40,528
Labor force participation rate (population 16 and older)  69.2% 57.8%
Percentage of households with own children under 18, female householder, no husband present  8.5% 9.8%
Median earnings in the past 12 months of the population 25 and older by educational attainment
Less than high school graduate $24,298 $19,990
High school graduate (includes equivalency) $32,276 $26,240
Some college or associate's degree $36,942 $30,081
Bachelor's degree $47,948 $41,282
Graduate or professional degree $60,731 $51,881
Educational attainment of the population 25 years and older
Less than 9th grade  3.3% 5.8%
9th to 12th grade, no diploma  7.6% 11.2%
High school graduate (includes equivalency)  29.1% 30.4%
Some college, no degree  27.0% 22.8%
Associate's degree  9.8% 8.7%
Bachelor's degree  16.1% 13.1%
Graduate or professional degree  7.1% 7.9%
High school graduate or higher  89.2% 83.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher  23.2% 21.0%
Poverty status in the past 12 months
Percentage of all individuals whose income is below poverty level  10.0% 22.3%
Percentage of families with female householder, no husband present, whose income in the past 12 months is below poverty level  18.2% 41.1%
By age:
Under 18 13.0% 31.5%
18-64 9.2% 20.6%
65 and over 7.4% 13.4%
By sex:
Male 8.6% 20.0%
Female 11.3% 24.5%
By educational attainment:
Less than high school graduate 19.7% 34.0%
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 9.5% 20.1%
Some college or associate's degree 6.6% 14.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 2.8% 5.4%

Census Bureau DeSoto County Mississippi
2017 Population Estimates  178,751 2,984,100
2010 Census
Population  161,252 2,967,297
Population per square mile  338.7 63.0

Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2016 DeSoto County Mississippi
Per capita income  $37,930 $35,484
Personal income (thousands of dollars) $6,660,911 $106,052,785
Personal current transfer receipts (thousands of dollars) $1,113,973 $28,348,327
Share of total personal income from transfer receipts  16.7% 26.7%
Personal current transfer receipts: county as a percent of the state 3.9% 100.0%
Manufacturing as a percentage of total employment  5.52% 9.38%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017 DeSoto County Mississippi
Labor force 88,199 1,280,071
Employment 84,855 1,215,115
Unemployment 3,344 64,956
Unemployment rate 3.8% 5.1%

Mississippi Department of Health, 2016 DeSoto County Mississippi
Number of births to unwed mothers 957 20,176
Percent of births to unwed mothers  43.7% 53.2%

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure DeSoto County Mississippi
Physicians by county, 2016  248 6,219

Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners DeSoto County Mississippi
Active dentists by county, 2016  93 1,385
By sex:
Male 80 1,021
Female 13 364

County Business Patterns, 2016 DeSoto County Mississippi
Total number of establishments 2,814 58,850
Paid employees for pay period including March 12 51,301 939,322
Annual payroll ($1,000) $1,673,793 $34,356,961
By employment-size class:
1 to 4 employees 1,223 29,356
5 to 9 employees 607 12,719
10 to 19 employees 447 8,188
20 to 49 employees 321 5,516
50 to 99 employees 123 1,787
100 to 249 employees 66 873
250 to 499 employees 24 265
500 to 999 employees 2 96
1000+ employees 1 50
By (2012) NAICS code:
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11) 2 680
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (21) 1 328
Utilities (22) 12 608
Construction (23) 190 3,796
MFG (31-33) 94 2,141
Wholesale trade (42) 130 2,748
Retail trade (44-45) 590 11,608
Transportation and warehousing (48-49) 158 2,054
Information (51) 33 970
Finance and insurance (52) 204 4,713
Real estate and rental and leasing (53) 103 2,407
Professional, scientific, and technical services (54) 176 4,654
Management of companies and enterprises (55) 7 347
Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (56) 144 2,254
Educational services (61) 35 608
Health care and social assistance (62) 281 6,206
Arts, entertainment, and recreation (71) 37 688
Accommodation and food services (72) 338 5,542
Other services (except public administration) (81) 277 6,386
Industries not classified (99) 2 112

University Research Center DeSoto County Mississippi
Retail sales pull factor by county  1.04 N/A

The University Research Center (URC) conducts applied unbiased research on a variety of state and local issues including revenue estimation, economic impact analysis, socio-economic policy analysis, tax analysis, and economic forecasting for the State of Mississippi. Clients include both public and private entities. URC routinely works closely with both the Legislative and Executive branches of state government. State Economist Dr. Darrin Webb is the current Director of the University Research Center. URC is a division of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.

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