Humphreys County, Mississippi

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Humphreys County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region. In 2000, the population was 11,206. Its county seat is Belzoni[1]. It is named for Benjamin G. Humphreys.

It was named Farm-Raised Catfish Capital of the World in 1976 by then Governor Cliff Finch, since it produces more farm-raised catfish than any other U.S. county. 40,000 acres (160 kmĀ²) of the county are underwater, used to grow catfish. About 60 % of U.S. farm-raised catfish are grown within a 65-mile (105-km) radius of the county seat, Belzoni. However, the title "Catfish Capital" has also been claimed by Savannah, Tennessee, and Des Allemands, Louisiana.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 431 square miles (1,116.3 km2), of which 418 square miles (1,082.6 km2) is land and 13 square miles (33.7 km2) (3.03%) is water.

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