Monroe County

Mississippi

History – Monroe County, Mississippi is named in honor of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States.

Monroe County, Mississippi is a large (772 square mile), sparsely populated rural area of fewer than 37,000 people with a median family income of about $35,000. Aberdeen, where  Monroe County Children’s Vision Center (MVC) will be located, has a median family income of only $23,000. All school children in Aberdeen area provided free breakfast and lunch under a federal grant.

Nearly 25% of the county’s population is estimated to be below the age of 18 years. That is more than 9,000 children. Binocular Vision Disorder affects approximately 1/4 of any population, meaning that over 2,200 children in Monroe County are at risk for this potentially disabling condition.

2014 Population* By Race and Gender

Population

Total Population

White

Black/African American

Hispanic or Latino

Two or More Races

Some Other Race

Male

17,582

12,004

5,317

208

142

65

Female

19,407

13,031

6,103

147

149

40

Total

36,989

25,035

11,420

355

291

105