The Choctaw were the original settlers of Claiborne County. The first European settlement was a hunting camp near Petit Gulf established in 1729. The first permanent settlement came in 1775, and the County was formed in 1802. Claiborne County was the third established in the state. Gibson’s Landing was chartered in 1803 as the county seat, but today the county seat is Port Gibson. Claiborne County is named after the second governor of the Mississippi territory, William C.C. Claiborne.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,831 people, 3,685 households, and 2,531 families residing in the county. There were 4,252 housing units at an average density of 3/kmÂ² (9/miÂ²). The racial makeup of the county was 15.18% White, 84.11% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.79% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,685 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.50% were married couples living together, 26.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.35.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 23.10% from 18 to 24, 22.30% from 25 to 44, 17.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 85.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $22,615, and the median income for a family was $29,867. Males had a median income of $28,777 versus $20,140 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,244. About 27.90% of families and 32.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.80% of those under age 18 and 28.00% of those ages 65 or over.
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