It all started here.
Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. The first in a series.
Population loss by degrees: 80-90%, 70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts
- 17.1% - Tunica County
- 21.3% - Mississippi
- 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
- 12.2% - Tunica County
- 15.9% - Mississippi
- 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
- 29.1% - Tunica County
- 19.7% - Mississippi
- 11.8% - U.S.
The last time Tunica County voted for a Republican candidate for president was in 1972. Clinton received 74.8% of the vote in 2016. George Wallace received 33.6% of the vote in 1968.
A Small Town Bet on Sports Gambling. It's Still Waiting. (The New York Times, 4/16/2019)
But in recent years, the Tunica area’s aging casinos have struggled to fend off competition from local rivals and failed to attract young people. Casinos have closed. Residents have moved away.
Then last year, town leaders got new hope when Mississippi became one of the first states to allow sports betting after the Supreme Court struck down a law that had effectively banned it in most states.
The vast majority of states have shied away from permitting such gambling and tapping into the nation’s illegal sports gambling market, estimated to be worth $150 billion. But in places like Tunica, where people began legally betting on sports in August, the results, so far, have been underwhelming.