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Holmes County is located in west-central Mississippi. The County Seat is Lexington and the largest city is Durant. The Official Web Site is located at http://holmescountyms.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 18,459 and the 2010 census population was 19,478. The land area is 756.70 square miles and there are 25.4 persons per square mile.
16.1% of the population is White, 82.9% is Black or African American, 0.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 0.1% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.6% is two or more races. 71.4% have a high school degree or higher, and 12.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $49,000, there are 6,511 households, an average of 2.81 persons per household. The per capita income is $12,113, the median household income is $22,325, and 43.5% of the persons in Holmes County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,086. Retail sales (in $1000) were $114,372, and sales per capita were $5,599. The percentage of black-owned firms is 39.7%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 25.9%.
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