Jones County is located in south-central Mississippi. The County Seat is Laurel and the largest city is Laurel. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.jonescountyms.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 68,290 and the 2010 census population was 67,761. The land area is 694.80 square miles and there are 97.5 persons per square mile.
68.8% of the population is White, 29.2% is Black or African American, 4.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.5% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.8% is two or more races. 78.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $84,200, there are 24,677 households, an average of 2.69 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,519, the median household income is $38,074, and 23% of the persons in Jones County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 4,578. Retail sales (in $1000) were $816,399, and sales per capita were $12,212. The percentage of black-owned firms is 6.9%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 23.3%.
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