• Demographics

    Mississippi covers 46,907 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 2,988,726 people - 1,610,982 residents live in rural area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 59.5% of the state's population is white, 37.6% is Black/African American, and 3.1% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census 2015).

    Selected Social Determinants of Health

    According to the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), Mississippi covers 46,907 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 2,988,726 people – with 1,610,982 people living in rural Mississippi (USDA-ERS). Jackson is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Jackson, Gulfport, and Biloxi. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 59.5% of the state’s population is white, 37.6% is Black/African-American, and 3.1% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).

    12% of Mississippi residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2014). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Mississippi residents in 2016 was $35,484 although rural per-capita income lagged at $33,117. The Economic Research Service reports, based on 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) data, that the poverty rate in rural Mississippi is 24.3%, compared with 16.8% in urban areas of the state. 20.2% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 13.3% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Mississippi is 6.4%, while in urban Mississippi, it is 5.2% (USDA-ERS, 2016).




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