Leake County is located in central Mississippi. The County Seat is Carthage and the largest city is Carthage. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.leakems.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 23,193 and the 2010 census population was 23,803. The land area is 583.00 square miles and there are 40.8 persons per square mile.
50.4% of the population is White, 41.7% is Black or African American, 4.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% is Asian, 6.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.9% is two or more races. 74.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 10.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $73,800, there are 8,069 households, an average of 2.77 persons per household. The per capita income is $16,780, the median household income is $32,521, and 27.7% of the persons in Leake County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,195. Retail sales (in $1000) were $180,447, and sales per capita were $7,927. The percentage of black-owned firms is 24.5%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 22.7%.
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