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The 2000 Census showed that Prentiss County had a population of 25,556 people. This represented 0.9% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 37th most populous county (out of 82 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Prentiss had a population of 25,709 people. This is an increase of 0.6% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201025,276-1.1%-1.68% since 2009
200925,709+0.6%+0.38% since 2008
200825,611+0.22%+0.51% since 2007
200725,481-0.29%-0.14% since 2006
200625,518-0.15%-0.53% since 2005
200525,653+0.38%+0.21% since 2004
200425,598+0.16%-0.18% since 2003
200325,643+0.34%+0.62% since 2002
200225,484-0.28%+0.12% since 2001
200125,453-0.4%-0.4% since 2000
200025,556The Last Census

Prentiss County had 10,681 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Prentiss County has a total area<3> of 418.2 square miles [1,083 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (3.32 square miles [8.59 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Prentiss County had a population density of 61.6 people per square mile [23.78 people/km²], making it the state's 23rd most densely populated county (out of 82 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Prentiss County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Prentiss and the state of Mississippi.

Click here for the Prentiss County QuickFact (QF-28117).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Prentiss County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Prentiss County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AlcornQF-28003   N35,82234,5583.66%
ItawambaQF-28057   S23,00022,7701.01%
TippahQF-28139   NW21,66120,8264.01%
TishomingoQF-28141   NE19,03419,163-0.67%
UnionQF-28145   W27,26325,3627.5%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>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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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Prentiss. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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