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The 2000 Census showed that Sharkey County had a population of 6,580 people. This represented 0.23% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 81st most populous county (out of 82 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Sharkey had a population of 5,420 people. This is a decrease of 17.63% 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
20104,916-25.29%-9.3% since 2009
20095,420-17.63%-1.31% since 2008
20075,489-16.58%-4.57% since 2006
20065,752-12.58%-2.71% since 2005
20055,912-10.15%-1.78% since 2004
20046,019-8.53%-2.7% since 2003
20036,186-5.99%-1.61% since 2002
20026,287-4.45%-1.18% since 2001
20016,362-3.31%-3.31% since 2000
20006,580The Last Census

Sharkey County had 2,416 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Sharkey County has a total area<3> of 434.9 square miles [1,126 km²]. Of this total, 427.7 square miles [1,107 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.65%) being water (7.17 square miles [18.58 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Sharkey County had a population density of 15.38 people per square mile [5.94 people/km²], making it the state's 79th 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 Sharkey County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Sharkey and the state of Mississippi.

Click here for the Sharkey County QuickFact (QF-28125).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
HumphreysQF-28053   NE9,80911,206-12.47%
IssaquenaQF-28055   SW1,6122,274-29.11%
WashingtonQF-28151   N54,61662,977-13.28%
YazooQF-28163   E27,98128,149-0.6%

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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 Sharkey. 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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