Pemiscot County, Missouri

Pemiscot County, Missouri

Infobox U.S. County
county = Pemiscot County
state = Missouri

map size = 225
founded = 1851
seat = Caruthersville
area_total_sq_mi =512
area_land_sq_mi =493
area_water_sq_mi =19
area percentage = 3.77%
census yr = 2000
pop = 20047
density_km2 =16
web = |

Pemiscot County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. The county was organized in 1851 and is named for the local bayou, taken from the Fox dialect "pem-eskaw", meaning side-channel. As of 2000, the population was 20,047. Its county seat is CaruthersvilleGR|6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 512 square miles (1,327 km²), of which, 493 square miles (1,277 km²) of it is land and 19 square miles (50 km²) of it (3.77%) is water. Catfishing remains a popular activity among residents in the area.

Adjacent counties

*New Madrid County (north)
*Lake County, Tennessee (northeast)
*Dyer County, Tennessee (southeast)
*Mississippi County, Arkansas (south)
*Dunklin County (west)

Major highways

*Interstate 55
*Interstate 155
*U.S. Route 61
*U.S. Route 412
*Route 84
*Route 164


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 20,047 people, 7,855 households, and 5,317 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 8,793 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.76% White, 26.23% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.9% were of American, 7.8% Irish, 5.6% English and 5.5% German ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 7,855 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.00% were married couples living together, 18.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,911, and the median income for a family was $27,553. Males had a median income of $27,476 versus $17,358 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,968. About 24.80% of families and 30.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.20% of those under age 18 and 23.20% of those age 65 or over.

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