Marion County is located in southwestern Mississippi. The County Seat is Columbia and the largest city is Columbia. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.ms.gov/content/Pages/LocalGov.aspx?county=Marion. The 2014 population estimate is 25,868 and the 2010 census population was 27,081. The land area is 542.38 square miles and there are 49.9 persons per square mile.
66.1% of the population is White, 32.5% is Black or African American, 1.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.9% is two or more races. 74.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 13.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $77,900, there are 9,985 households, an average of 2.58 persons per household. The per capita income is $18,126, the median household income is $29,400, and 28.2% of the persons in Marion County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 2,477. Retail sales (in $1000) were $259,002, and sales per capita were $10,098. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 24.9%.
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