Sharkey County, Mississippi

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Sharkey County is a county located in the Mississippi Delta region of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population was 6,580. Its county seat is Rolling Fork[1]. It is named after William L. Sharkey, the provisional Governor of Mississippi in 1865.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 435 square miles (1,126 km²), of which, 428 square miles (1,108 km²) of it is land and 7 square miles (19 km²) of it (1.65%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,580 people, 2,163 households, and 1,589 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 2,416 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 29.36% White, 69.32% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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