Monday, October 7, 2019

Population loss in Mississippi: Tallahatchie County/Charleston

It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Tallahatchie County, Charleston)

Charleston is the larger of two county seats in Tallahatchie County.  

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 10.1% - Tallahatchie County
  • 21.3% - Mississippi
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 14.9% - Tallahatchie County
  • 15.9% - Mississippi
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 35.2% - Tallahatchie County
  • 19.7% - Mississippi
  • 11.8% - U.S.

The last time Tallahatchie County voted for a Republican candidate for president was in 1984.  Clinton received 56.9% of the vote in 2016.  George Wallace received 60% of the vote in 1968.
Related reading:
Emmett Till Sign Is Hit With Bullets Again, 35 Days After Being Replaced.  (The New York Times, 8/6/2018)
That changed in 2007. Eight signs were erected in northwest Mississippi, including at the spot on the river where fishermen in 1955 discovered Emmett’s mutilated corpse tethered to a cotton-gin fan. But a year later, vandals tore down the sign on the riverbed. It was replaced. 
But then bullets were fired into that marker — more than 100 rounds over several years. A new sign was installed in June. Thirty-five days later, on July 26, it was shot up again. 
“To drive up and see it like that, I was sad,” said Patrick Weems, a founder of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Miss. “When we finally replaced it, it was an amazing feeling that this sign that had been obliterated was finally restored.”

Other Mississippi population loss posts:
Tunica County/Tunica.  (10/2/2019)
Coahoma County/Clarksdale.  (10/2/2019)
Bolivar County/Cleveland.  (10/3/2019)
Issaquena County/Mayersville.  (10/3/2019)
Claiborne County/Port Gibson.  (10/3/2019)
Jefferson County/Fayette.  (10/4/2019)
Wilkinson County/Woodville.  (10/4/2019)
Franklin County/Meadville.  (10/5/2019)
Sharkey County/Rolling Fork.  (10/5/2019)
Humphreys County/Belzoni.  (10/6/2019)S
Sunflower County/Indianola.  (10/6/2017)

Population loss series:

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