Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,869. Its county seat is Brookhaven. The county was created by the legislature in April 7, 1870, during the Reconstruction Era - a period after the Civil War when Union sympathizers were installed in state offices of former Confederate states by the Republican Party, which had been previously irrelevant in Southern politics. It was formed from portions of Lawrence, Pike, Franklin, Copiah, and Amite counties. It was named for Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 588 square miles (1,520 km²), of which 586 square miles (1,520 km²) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) (0.4%) is water.
As of the United States Census of 2000, (which precedes the large changes and increases reflected in the figures, resulting from the substantial annexations and tripling of the size of the City of Brookhaven, the county seat, from late 2007, which would be reflected in the newer United States Census of 2010) - there were 33,166 people, 12,538 households, and 9,190 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 14,052 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.38% White, 29.67% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 12,538 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 14.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.
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