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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives Corinth a population of 14,643 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Corinth a population of 14,573 people.

The city of Corinth is located in Alcorn County. The 2010 Census gave Alcorn County a population of 37,057 people. This means that Corinth had 39.33% of the county's total population, making it Alcorn's most populous community.

At the same time, Mississippi had a population of 2,967,297 people, meaning that Corinth had 0.49% of the total population of Mississippi - making it the state's 28th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Corinth, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Corinth reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Corinth might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Corinth has a total area of 30.29 square miles [78.4 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.13 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Alcorn County has a land area of 400 square miles [1,036.1 km²]. At 30.16 square miles [78.1 km²], Corinth has 7.54% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   34° 56' 52"   (or 34.95°)             [Map]

Lon:   -88° 30' 49"   (or -88.51°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (14,573 people) and land area (30.16 square miles [78.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Corinth had a population density of 481.1 people per square mile [185.8 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Corinth had a population of 14,054 people and a land area of 30.45 square miles [78.9 km²]. This gives a population density of 459.5 people per square mile [177.4 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Corinth. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the nature of these changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Corinth had 7,149 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 14,573 people, this averages 2.04 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Corinth had a land area of 30.16 square miles [78.1 km²]. This translates to 236 Housing Units per square mile [91.1 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Corinth had 7,058 Housing Units, a population of 14,054 people and a land area of 30.45 square miles [78.9 km²]. This gives a density of 1.99 people per Housing Unit and 230.8 Housing Units per square mile [89.1 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Corinth and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Alcorn County ...

The community of Corinth is located in Alcorn County and is the County Seat for Alcorn County.

The county had a population of 37,057 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 14,573 people, Corinth represented 39.33% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Corinth has a population density of 481.1 people per square mile [185.8 people/km²], Alcorn County averages 92.6 people per square mile [35.77 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Alcorn County.

Population Rings for Corinth ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Corinth and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Corinth. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]317,283+0.34%
10 mi   [16 km]819,502+0.21%
15 mi   [24 km]1121,011---
20 mi   [32 km]1638,299-0.16%
25 mi   [40 km]2451,145-0.28%
30 mi   [48 km]3158,297-0.54%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Corinth, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Corinth. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 0.97% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Corinth was 30.29 square miles [78.4 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 30.58 square miles [79.2 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Corinth, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Corinth.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   34.947826°   (or 34°56'52" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.513630°   (or -88°30'49" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   34.937228°   (or 34°56'14" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.515261°   (or -88°30'54" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 3,894 feet to the north<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2404132) to Corinth. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Corinth. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   34.947393°   (or 34°56'50" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.514285°   (or -88°30'51" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 251.5 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Corinth. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Corinth.

Miscellaneous Information for Corinth ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Alcorn County or the city of Corinth:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Corinth:

GNIS ID for Corinth: 2404132

GNIS ID for Alcorn County: 711755

GNIS ID for Mississippi: 1779790

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 28 (Mississippi)

County Code: 003 (Alcorn County)

Place Code: 15700 (Corinth)

State & County Code: 28/003 (Mississippi / Alcorn County)

State & Place Code: 28/15700 (Mississippi / Corinth)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Corinth is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Corinth.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2017.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 352 degrees and a distance of 3,894 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 308 degrees and a distance of 251.5 feet.

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