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Lamar County is located in south-central Mississippi. The County Seat is Purvis and the largest city is Hattiesburg. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.lamarcounty.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 60,099 and the 2010 census population was 55,675. The land area is 497.06 square miles and there are 112 persons per square mile.
76.9% of the population is White, 20.4% is Black or African American, 2.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.2% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.2% is two or more races. 90.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 33.1% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $163,900, there are 21,678 households, an average of 2.60 persons per household. The per capita income is $26,345, the median household income is $51,154, and 17.4% of the persons in Lamar County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 5,219. Retail sales (in $1000) were $991,801, and sales per capita were $20,858. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 22.4%.
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