Counties with the most seniors in Mississippi

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August 30, 2022
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Counties with the most seniors in Mississippi

Seniors will comprise more than 20% of U.S. residents in 2030, up from 15% in 2020. By 2034, older adults will outnumber children, according to Census Bureau projections.

Across the U.S., 52 million Americans are 65 years or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and a quarter of them live in just three states: California, Florida, and Texas. By comparison, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska each have fewer than 150,000 senior residents. The size of a state's senior population means a lot in terms of demand for resources like health care, affordable housing, assisted living, in-home and nursing care, and support services, and the quality and availability of those resources help determine where seniors migrate.

With baby boomers moving into old age, fewer babies being born, and longer life expectancies, the senior population of America is on a spectacular rise. The lengthening of the U.S. life expectancy has been particularly dramatic, rising to nearly 79 years from 68 years in 1950.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most seniors in Mississippi using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of residents 65 years or older according to 2020 5-year estimates.

Keep reading to find out which counties have the most seniors in Mississippi.

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#50. Noxubee County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.7%
- Median age: 37.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 38.4 years old
- Total population: 10,566 people
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#49. Wayne County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.9%
- Median age: 41.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 41 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.1 years old
- Total population: 20,344 people
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#48. Union County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.0%
- Median age: 38.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.3 years old
- Total population: 28,578 people
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#47. Claiborne County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.2%
- Median age: 34.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 32.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 35.5 years old
- Total population: 9,042 people
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#46. Jones County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.1%
- Median age: 37.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 38.2 years old
- Total population: 68,307 people

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#45. Pike County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.9%
- Median age: 37.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 38.6 years old
- Total population: 39,365 people
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#44. Warren County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.9%
- Median age: 39.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.3 years old
- Total population: 46,030 people
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#43. Stone County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.8%
- Median age: 39.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 40 years old
- Total population: 18,282 people
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#42. Humphreys County

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 26.3%
- Median age: 38 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.1 years old
- Total population: 8,198 people
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#41. Lincoln County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.4%
- Median age: 39.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.9 years old
- Total population: 34,197 people

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#40. Covington County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.4%
- Median age: 37 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 37.6 years old
- Total population: 18,810 people
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#39. Lauderdale County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.5%
- Median age: 37.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.4 years old
- Total population: 75,557 people
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#38. Sharkey County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.9%
- Median age: 41.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 32.1 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.9 years old
- Total population: 4,427 people
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#37. Wilkinson County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.2%
- Median age: 38.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.8 years old
- Total population: 8,727 people
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#36. Copiah County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.1%
- Median age: 38.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 38.9 years old
- Total population: 28,339 people

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#35. Chickasaw County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.8%
- Median age: 39.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.9 years old
- Total population: 17,060 people
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#34. Quitman County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.2%
- Median age: 40.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.5 years old
- Total population: 7,038 people
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#33. Marshall County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.1%
- Median age: 41.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.1 years old
- Total population: 35,502 people
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#32. Itawamba County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.7%
- Median age: 40.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.2 years old
- Total population: 23,396 people
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#31. Prentiss County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.6%
- Median age: 39.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 37 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.3 years old
- Total population: 25,155 people

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#30. Grenada County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.9%
- Median age: 39.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.7 years old
- Total population: 20,927 people
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#29. Simpson County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.8%
- Median age: 39.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.8 years old
- Total population: 26,818 people
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#28. Lawrence County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.4%
- Median age: 40.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 41 years old
- Total population: 12,595 people
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#27. Webster County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.6%
- Median age: 40.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.9 years old
- Total population: 9,727 people
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#26. Benton County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.1%
- Median age: 42.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 45.2 years old
- Total population: 8,275 people

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#25. Perry County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.8%
- Median age: 41.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.6 years old
- Total population: 11,981 people
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#24. Clay County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.8%
- Median age: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.5 years old
- Total population: 19,515 people
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#23. Alcorn County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.1%
- Median age: 40 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.4 years old
- Total population: 37,058 people
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#22. Marion County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.3%
- Median age: 40.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.5 years old
- Total population: 24,785 people
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#21. Adams County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.4%
- Median age: 39.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.1 years old
- Total population: 31,103 people

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#20. Pearl River County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.4%
- Median age: 41.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 40 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.1 years old
- Total population: 55,512 people
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#19. Calhoun County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.5%
- Median age: 42.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.5 years old
- Total population: 14,417 people
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#18. Attala County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.2%
- Median age: 39.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.4 years old
- Total population: 18,308 people
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#17. Smith County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.1%
- Median age: 42.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.1 years old
- Total population: 15,919 people
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#16. Walthall County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.1%
- Median age: 39.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.6 years old
- Total population: 14,423 people

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#15. Monroe County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.5%
- Median age: 41.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.9 years old
- Total population: 35,559 people
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#14. Franklin County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.4%
- Median age: 43.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 42.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.9 years old
- Total population: 7,716 people
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#13. Jasper County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.6%
- Median age: 41.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.1 years old
- Total population: 16,454 people
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#12. Yalobusha County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.3%
- Median age: 44 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 45.6 years old
- Total population: 12,276 people
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#11. Hancock County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.3%
- Median age: 44.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 42.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 45.5 years old
- Total population: 47,339 people

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#10. Winston County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.4%
- Median age: 41.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.1 years old
- Total population: 18,116 people
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#9. Clarke County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.3%
- Median age: 42.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.7 years old
- Total population: 15,612 people
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#8. Tishomingo County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.5%
- Median age: 43.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 45.2 years old
- Total population: 19,396 people
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#7. Kemper County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 18.6%
- Median age: 38.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 44 years old
- Total population: 9,829 people
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#6. Montgomery County

- Population aged 65 or older: 21.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.7%
- Median age: 42.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 43.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.6 years old
- Total population: 9,956 people

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#5. Choctaw County

- Population aged 65 or older: 21.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.7%
- Median age: 43.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 43.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 45.7 years old
- Total population: 8,206 people
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#4. Jefferson Davis County

- Population aged 65 or older: 22.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.0%
- Median age: 44.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 42.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 46.7 years old
- Total population: 11,182 people
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#3. Issaquena County

- Population aged 65 or older: 22.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 13.6%
- Median age: 43.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 47.5 years old
- Total population: 1,223 people
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#2. Amite County

- Population aged 65 or older: 23.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.5%
- Median age: 47.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 45.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 48.6 years old
- Total population: 12,341 people
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#1. Carroll County

- Population aged 65 or older: 23.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 18.9%
- Median age: 46.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 44.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 48.6 years old
- Total population: 9,972 people

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