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Poinsett County, Arkansas
Poinsett County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2000, the population is 25,614. The county seat is Harrisburg. The county was formed on February 28, 1838 and named for Joel R. Poinsett, U.S. Secretary of War.
- Craighead County (north)
- Mississippi County (east)
- Crittenden County (southeast)
- Cross County (south)
- Jackson County (west)
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 25,614 people, 10,026 households, and 7,228 families residing in the county. The population density is 13/km² (34/mi²). There are 11,051 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (15/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 90.98% White, 7.13% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.43% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 10,026 households out of which 32.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% are married couples living together, 13.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% are non-families. 24.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.70% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 2.99.
In the county the population is spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $26,558, and the median income for a family is $32,257. Males have a median income of $26,633 versus $19,199 for females. The per capita income for the county is $13,087. 21.20% of the population and 17.60% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 28.60% of those under the age of 18 and 20.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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