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
Hispanic or Latino
Two or More Races
Some Other Race