Holmes County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the year 2000, the population was 21,609.

Its county seat is Lexington, Mississippi, which was named in honor of Lexington, Massachusetts. Like much of the state, Holmes County suffered during and after the Civil War.

Holmes County was the birthplace of the Order of the Eastern Star (a Masonic type lodge that offered membership to women.) Holmes County is also the birthplace of the 4-H movement, which began as a local community corn club.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,979 km² (764 mi²). 1,958 km² (756 mi²) of it is land and 21 km² (8 mi²) of it (1.07%) is water. Holmes County State Park is located here.

Interstate 55

U.S. Highway 49

U.S. Highway 51

Mississippi Highway 12

Mississippi Highway 14

Mississippi Highway 17

Mississippi Highway 19

As of the census of 2000, there were 21,609 people, 7,314 households, and 5,229 families residing in the county. The population density was 11/km² (29/mi²). There were 8,439 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (11/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 20.47% White, 78.66% Black or African-American, 0.12% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.52%. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.

There were 7,314 households out of which 36.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.90% were married couples living together, 31.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household population was 2.86 and the average family population was 3.48.

In the county the population was spread out with 32.10% under the age of 18, 12.40% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 18.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 87 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $17,235, and the median income for a family was $21,757. Males had a median income of $23,720 versus $17,883 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,683. About 35.90% of families and 41.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52.30% of those under age 18 and 36.40% of those age 65 or older.

For more information contact:
Holmes County Chamber of Commerce
104 West China Street
Lexington, MS 39095
Phone-(662) 834-3372
Fax-(662) 834-4544