Perry County is located in southeast Mississippi. The County Seat is New Augusta and the largest city is Richton. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.ms.gov/content/Pages/LocalGov.aspx?county=Perry. The 2014 population estimate is 12,227 and the 2010 census population was 12,250. The land area is 647.25 square miles and there are 18.9 persons per square mile.
78.5% of the population is White, 19.8% is Black or African American, 1.1% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.2% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.1% is two or more races. 80% have a high school degree or higher, and 8.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $81,200, there are 4,483 households, an average of 2.69 persons per household. The per capita income is $17,183, the median household income is $36,124, and 21% of the persons in Perry County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 955. Retail sales (in $1000) were $60,391, and sales per capita were $4,951. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 21.5%.
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