Tunica County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,778. Its county seat is Tunica. The county is named for the Tunica Native Americans. Most migrated to central Louisiana during the colonial period.
Tunica County is part of the Memphis, TN–MS–AR Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the Mississippi Delta region.
Since the late 20th century, it is known for Tunica Resorts (formerly Robinsonville), an unincorporated community that is the site of nine casino resorts. It is one of the top six destinations in the country in terms of gambling revenues.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 481 square miles (1,250 km²), of which 455 square miles (1,180 km²) is land and 26 square miles (67 km²) (5.4%) is water.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,778 people residing in the county. 73.5% were Black or African American, 23.7% White, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% of some other race and 0.9% of two or more races. 2.3% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,227 people, 3,258 households, and 2,192 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 3,705 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.15% Black or African American, 27.54% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 2.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
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