Clarke County is located in the southeastern portion of Mississippi. It borders Alabama, and its adjacent counties include Lauderdale, Choctaw, Wayne, and Jasper counties. Its county seat is the city of Quitman. As of 2000, Clarke County’s population was 17,955. Named after the first chancellor of Mississippi Joshua G. Clarke, Clarke County was created out of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek from the Choctaws. This county is also apart of the Meridian Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Enterprise, Pachuta, Shubuta, and Stonewall can be found within Clarke County.
Agriculture was the focal point of Clarke’s early businesses. Raw materials from Clarke County, including cotton, were transported to the Chickasawhay River, but in1850 the use of trains increased the ability to transport goods.
The racial make up for the county is as follows: Caucasians 64%, African Americans 35%, Native Americans and Asian both at 0.11%, Pacific Islander .01%, 0.17% from other races, 0.30% from two or more races, and 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.