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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2008

Mississippi in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

     Mississippi, which holds its presidential primaries March 11, had a 2007 population of 2.9 million. The percentage of the state's population that is black is about three times the national average, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 62 percent of Mississippi's voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, not statistically different from the national rate of 64 percent.

     These and other statistics about Mississippi's population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation's voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/>.

      Highlights include the following:

 Selected Characteristics Mississippi U.S.
 Median age 35.3 36.4
 Women 51.6% 50.7%
 White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 59.3% 66.4%
 Black alone 37.1% 12.8%
 Hispanic or Latino 1.8% 14.8%
 Median household income $34,473 $48,451
 Foreign born 1.8% 12.5%
 Persons below poverty 21.1% 13.3%
 Bachelor's degree or higher (age 25+) 18.8% 27.0%
 Median home value $88,600 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014