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Forrest County
2015-2019 American Community Survey Forrest County Mississippi
Total population 75,224 2,984,418
Male population 35,722 1,447,873
Female population 39,502 1,536,545
Median age 32.5 37.5
Age dependency ratio  57.4 64.9
Citizen voting age population 57,778 2,270,925
Male voting age population 26,737 1,083,374
Female voting age population 31,041 1,187,551
Median household income (2019 inflation-adjusted dollars)  $39,840 $45,081
Labor force participation rate (population 16 and older)  60.0% 57.2%
Percentage of households with own children under 18, female householder, no spouse present  10.1% 9.0%
Median earnings in the past 12 months (2019 inflation-adjusted dollars) for the population 25 years and over by educational attainment
Less than high school graduate $15,648 $21,933
High school graduate (includes equivalency) $23,622 $27,454
Some college or associate's degree $27,764 $31,773
Bachelor's degree $34,616 $43,511
Graduate or professional degree $49,488 $55,505
Educational attainment of the population 25 years and older
Less than 9th grade  4.0% 5.1%
9th to 12th grade, no diploma  8.6% 10.4%
High school graduate (includes equivalency)  27.2% 30.4%
Some college, no degree  22.1% 22.3%
Associate's degree  10.3% 9.8%
Bachelor's degree  16.5% 13.7%
Graduate or professional degree  11.3% 8.4%
High school graduate or higher  87.4% 84.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher  27.8% 22.0%
Poverty status in the past 12 months
Population for whom poverty status is determined  71,682 2,886,767
Percent of population below poverty level  26.0% 20.3%
By age:
Under 18 32.2% 28.7%
18-64 25.8% 18.8%
65 and over 15.5% 12.8%
By sex:
Male 23.4% 18.2%
Female 28.4% 22.3%
By educational attainment:
Less than high school graduate 42.4% 31.9%
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 28.0% 19.5%
Some college or associate's degree 19.2% 13.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 7.2% 5.3%

Census Bureau Forrest County Mississippi
2019 Population Estimates  74,897 2,976,149
2010 Census
Population  74,934 2,967,297
Population per square mile  160.7 63.0

Bureau of Economic Analysis 2019 Annual Data Forrest County Mississippi
Per capita income  $39,450 $38,914
Personal income (thousands of dollars) $2,954,711 $115,814,213
Personal current transfer receipts (thousands of dollars) $791,861 $30,682,815
Share of total personal income from transfer receipts  26.8% 26.5%
Personal current transfer receipts: county as a percent of the state 2.6% 100.0%
Manufacturing as a percentage of total employment  7.24% 9.45%

Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 Annual Data Forrest County Mississippi
Labor force 32,983 1,259,347
Employment 30,328 1,157,546
Unemployment 2,655 101,801
Unemployment rate 8.0% 8.1%

Mississippi Department of Health, 2017 Forrest County Mississippi
Number of births to unwed mothers 556 20,009
Percent of births to unwed mothers  54.8% 53.5%

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure, 2017 Forrest County Mississippi
Physicians by county  517 6,245

Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners Forrest County Mississippi
Active dentists by county, 2016  103 1,385
By sex:
Male 72 1,021
Female 31 364

County Business Patterns, 2019 Forrest County Mississippi
Total number of establishments 1,717 59,130
Annual payroll ($1,000) $1,373,298 $37,730,520
By employment-size class:
1 to 4 employees 756 29,543
5 to 9 employees 373 12,574
10 to 19 employees 259 8,205
20 to 49 employees 219 5,724
50 to 99 employees 62 1,776
100 to 249 employees 36 875
250 to 499 employees 6 274
500 to 999 employees 4 102
1000+ employees N/A 57
By (2012) NAICS code:
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11) 11 642
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (21) 6 308
Utilities (22) 21 582
Construction (23) 83 3,865
MFG (31-33) 62 2,072
Wholesale trade (42) 81 2,652
Retail trade (44-45) 329 11,324
Transportation and warehousing (48-49) 65 2,200
Information (51) 26 1,048
Finance and insurance (52) 132 4,620
Real estate and rental and leasing (53) 86 2,433
Professional, scientific, and technical services (54) 143 4,648
Management of companies and enterprises (55) 12 319
Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (56) 80 2,383
Educational services (61) 16 580
Health care and social assistance (62) 191 6,506
Arts, entertainment, and recreation (71) 21 692
Accommodation and food services (72) 192 5,744
Other services (except public administration) (81) 160 6,404
Industries not classified (99) N/A 108

University Research Center Forrest County Mississippi
Retail sales pull factor by county, 2017  1.10 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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