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Population of Counties in Mississippi (2024)

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2024 Population
Growth Since 2020
Area (mi²)
Density (/mi²)
Hinds County212,185-6.43%336244Hinds County location
Harrison County210,7810.94%222367Harrison County location
DeSoto County195,3504.96%184410DeSoto County location
Rankin County161,8562.99%299209Rankin County location
Jackson County147,8153.1%279204Jackson County location
Madison County113,7514.1%276159Madison County location
Lee County82,774-0.66%174184Lee County location
Forrest County78,4400.32%180168Forrest County location
Lauderdale County69,912-3.8%27299Lauderdale County location
Lamar County66,6883.57%192134Lamar County location
Jones County66,060-1.64%26895Jones County location
Lafayette County59,2045.89%24494Lafayette County location
Pearl River County58,7734.56%31372Pearl River County location
Lowndes County56,895-3.2%195113Lowndes County location
Oktibbeha County51,022-1.33%177111Oktibbeha County location
Hancock County46,3110.41%18398Hancock County location
Warren County41,961-5.8%22771Warren County location
Washington County41,368-7.33%27957Washington County location
Pike County39,101-2.71%15896Pike County location
Lincoln County34,640-0.54%22659Lincoln County location
Marshall County34,3411.66%27349Marshall County location
Alcorn County34,123-1.76%15485Alcorn County location
Monroe County33,650-1.43%29544Monroe County location
Panola County32,746-1.28%26448Panola County location
Pontotoc County31,7031.64%19264Pontotoc County location
Adams County28,975-1.52%17863Adams County location
Neshoba County28,774-0.75%22050Neshoba County location
Bolivar County28,475-7.65%33932Bolivar County location
Union County28,4362.21%16168Union County location
Tate County28,2630.5%15670Tate County location
Copiah County27,616-2.31%30036Copiah County location
Scott County27,454-1.86%23545Scott County location
Leflore County26,092-7.44%22944Leflore County location
George County26,0396.87%18554George County location
Simpson County25,807-0.36%22744Simpson County location
Yazoo County25,699-3.66%35628Yazoo County location
Prentiss County25,3791.63%16061Prentiss County location
Marion County24,282-0.38%20945Marion County location
Itawamba County24,2151.47%20645Itawamba County location
Sunflower County24,099-6.8%26935Sunflower County location
Leake County21,3130.32%22537Leake County location
Tippah County21,136-2.79%17746Tippah County location
Newton County21,015-1.13%22336Newton County location
Grenada County20,996-2.69%16350Grenada County location
Coahoma County19,919-6.15%21336Coahoma County location
Wayne County19,8230.08%31324Wayne County location
Stone County18,8712.92%17242Stone County location
Tishomingo County18,393-2.4%16443Tishomingo County location
Clay County18,101-2.8%15844Clay County location
Covington County17,976-1.74%16043Covington County location
Winston County17,328-2.05%23429Winston County location
Attala County17,188-3.54%28423Attala County location
Chickasaw County16,869-1.27%19434Chickasaw County location
Jasper County15,949-2.45%26124Jasper County location
Holmes County15,443-8.52%29220Holmes County location
Clarke County15,253-1.88%26722Clarke County location
Smith County14,116-0.54%24522Smith County location
Walthall County13,9020.22%15634Walthall County location
Greene County13,6360.72%27519Greene County location
Calhoun County12,524-5.26%22721Calhoun County location
Yalobusha County12,359-0.64%18026Yalobusha County location
Amite County12,325-2.95%28217Amite County location
Lawrence County11,721-2.15%16627Lawrence County location
Tallahatchie County11,607-8.23%24918Tallahatchie County location
Perry County11,232-1.94%25017Perry County location
Jefferson Davis County10,859-3.64%15727Jefferson Davis County location
Webster County10,0321.31%16324Webster County location
Noxubee County9,828-3.92%26814Noxubee County location
Montgomery County9,637-1.6%15724Montgomery County location
Carroll County9,334-6.04%24215Carroll County location
Tunica County9,061-6.9%17520Tunica County location
Kemper County8,498-5.16%29611Kemper County location
Claiborne County8,459-7.01%18817Claiborne County location
Choctaw County8,081-1.58%16119Choctaw County location
Wilkinson County7,913-7.19%26212Wilkinson County location
Franklin County7,609-0.73%21813Franklin County location
Benton County7,320-4.49%15718Benton County location
Humphreys County7,078-8.55%16217Humphreys County location
Jefferson County6,815-5.94%20113Jefferson County location
Quitman County5,418-12.03%15613Quitman County location
Sharkey County3,210-14.9%1677Sharkey County location
Issaquena County1,250-5.87%1593Issaquena County location
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There are 82 counties in Mississippi. The most populous county in Mississippi is Hinds County. Hinds County is home to 237,085 people, including the city of Jackson, which is the state’s capital and the most populous city in the state. Hinds County comprises about 7.94% of the state’s total population but has a population decline of 3.52% since 2010. The second-most populous country in Mississippi is Harrison County with a population of 206,650, followed by DeSoto County, with a population of 182,001. DeSoto County is the most densely populated county in Mississippi with 382.13 persons per square kilometer. Both Harrison County and DeSoto County have grown by double-digits since the 2010 Census, by 10.01% and 12.50% respectively.

Mississippi Counties with the Fewest Residents

Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, Issaquena County has the fewest residents with just 1,308. This accounts for just 0.04% of Mississippi’s total population. Since 2010, Issaquena County’s population has declined by 5.63%.

Sharkey County is the second-least populous county in Mississippi with 4,377 people, about 0.15% of the state’s total population. This is followed by Quitman County with a population of 7,051. Sharkey County has shrunk by 10.42% since 2010 and Quitman County has shrunk by 13.57%.

Mississippi Counties with Rapid Growth

Lafayette County has grown the most since 2010, growing by 15.19%. Lafayette is the 14th-most populous county in Mississippi. Other counties with double-digit growth are Desoto (12.50%), Lamar (11.43%), Madison (10.56%), Harrison (10.01%).

While some counties have experienced growth, many have experienced population decline. Quitman County has experienced the largest decline since 2010 of 13.57%, followed by Coahoma County with a decline of 13.32%. Other counties with double-digit declines include Washington (11.81%), Humphreys (11.55%), Sunflower (11.20%), Wilkinson (10.85%), and Leflore (10.79%).

Lists of Counties in all States

  1. State Data Center of Mississippi
  2. US Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  3. US Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  4. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  5. Census QuickFacts
  6. Historical Populations of States and Counties (1790 - 1990)