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Cary, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The Town of Cary had a population of 249 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Cary is located at latitude 32.806 and longitude -90.9268 in Sharkey County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cary encompass a land area of 0.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Sharkey County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 102 feet.

The Town of Cary (GNIS ID: 2406228) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Cary is located within Supervisor District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Sharkey County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cary: Leighton, Schola.


Cary, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 249 (100%)
Population in Households 249 (100.0%)
Population in Families 208 (83.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 352
Diversity Index2 47


Median Household Income $37,592
Average Household Income $40,171
% of Income for Mortgage4 5%
Per Capita Income $15,649
Wealth Index5 32


Total HU (Housing Units) 139 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 59 (42.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 35 (25.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 45 (32.4%)
Median Home Value $47,581
Average Home Value $82,203
Housing Affordability Index3 350


Total Households 94
Average Household Size 2.65
Family Households 62
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -2.21% -1.57%
Households -1.95% -1.31%
Families -2.69% -1.32%
Median Household Income   0.55%
Per Capita Income   1.94%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.69%


Cary, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cary to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 326 10th
Population Density # 237 35th
Median Household Income # 166 55th
Housing Affordability Index # 358 99th
Per Capita Income # 300 17th
Diversity Index # 181 50th

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