Clarke County, Mississippi

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Clarke County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population was 17,955. Its county seat is Quitman. [1] Clarke County is named for Joshua G. Clarke, the first Mississippi state chancellor and judge.

The county is part of the Meridian, Mississippi, Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 693 square miles (1,794.9 km2), of which 691 square miles (1,789.7 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.31%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,955 people, 6,978 households, and 5,024 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 8,100 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.49% White, 34.81% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.30% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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