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Phillips County, Arkansas
Phillips County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2000, the population is 26,445. The county seat is Helena. Phillips County was formed on May 1, 1820 and named for Sylvanus Phillips , a member of the Arkansas Territorial Legislature and lived in the area.
- Lee County (north)
- Tunica County, Mississippi (northeast)
- Coahoma County, Mississippi (east)
- Bolivar County, Mississippi (southeast)
- Desha County (south)
- Arkansas County (southwest)
- Monroe County (northwest)
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 26,445 people, 9,711 households, and 6,768 families residing in the county. The population density is 15/km² (38/mi²). There are 10,859 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 39.25% White, 59.04% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 1.44% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 9,711 households out of which 34.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.30% are married couples living together, 25.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.30% are non-families. 27.60% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.00% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.69 and the average family size is 3.29.
In the county the population is spread out with 32.20% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 84.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $22,231, and the median income for a family is $26,570. Males have a median income of $24,675 versus $17,520 for females. The per capita income for the county is $12,288. 32.70% of the population and 28.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 45.50% of those under the age of 18 and 26.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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