Population of Counties in Mississippi (2022)

There are 82 counties in Mississippi.

There are 82 counties in Mississippi, the most populous of which 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%).

Name 2022 Population Growth Since 2010 Density (mi²)
Hinds County219,888-10.51%252.81
Harrison County213,46813.63%371.88
DeSoto County193,98419.91%407.29
Rankin County158,33411.10%204.19
Jackson County145,0874.03%200.74
Madison County108,14413.19%151.40
Lee County85,9163.66%190.95
Forrest County74,852-0.12%160.61
Lauderdale County70,786-11.95%100.60
Jones County67,804-0.01%97.59
Lamar County65,46116.68%131.68
Lowndes County58,100-2.84%114.95
Pearl River County56,1710.86%69.27
Lafayette County55,45016.57%87.78
Oktibbeha County50,6016.03%110.43
Hancock County48,69410.44%102.74
Warren County43,245-11.44%73.48
Washington County40,528-20.68%55.92
Pike County39,012-3.53%95.38
Alcorn County37,3820.74%93.45
Marshall County34,868-5.92%49.38
Monroe County34,379-6.89%44.93
Panola County34,300-0.98%50.06
Lincoln County33,982-2.62%57.98
Pontotoc County33,05310.00%66.41
Yazoo County31,48111.90%34.11
Adams County29,640-9.01%64.11
Union County29,4158.34%70.78
Bolivar County29,167-14.48%33.27
Neshoba County29,019-2.28%50.90
Tate County28,243-2.57%69.78
Scott County27,539-2.81%45.20
Copiah County27,060-8.07%34.82
Leflore County26,884-17.07%45.31
Simpson County26,481-3.80%44.95
George County25,67013.31%53.62
Prentiss County25,2400.06%60.82
Marion County24,036-10.95%44.32
Itawamba County23,177-1.03%43.50
Leake County22,771-4.07%39.06
Tippah County21,943-1.09%47.93
Sunflower County21,807-24.75%31.25
Coahoma County20,681-20.78%37.44
Grenada County20,080-8.04%47.57
Newton County20,007-7.63%34.62
Wayne County19,844-4.47%24.48
Tishomingo County19,383-1.25%45.68
Stone County19,3538.08%43.44
Clay County19,052-7.33%46.46
Covington County18,069-7.70%43.67
Attala County17,712-9.10%24.10
Winston County17,328-9.76%28.54
Chickasaw County17,112-1.88%34.10
Jasper County16,257-4.47%24.04
Holmes County15,708-19.05%20.76
Smith County15,577-5.58%24.48
Clarke County15,409-7.88%22.28
Calhoun County14,148-5.48%24.12
Walthall County13,836-10.13%34.25
Tallahatchie County13,353-12.95%20.70
Lawrence County13,0000.56%30.19
Greene County12,356-14.13%17.34
Amite County12,207-7.09%16.72
Perry County12,138-0.78%18.75
Yalobusha County11,349-10.11%24.30
Jefferson Davis County10,867-12.80%26.61
Carroll County10,028-5.41%15.96
Noxubee County10,018-12.75%14.41
Kemper County9,769-6.51%12.75
Webster County9,392-8.53%22.31
Montgomery County9,118-16.33%22.40
Tunica County8,762-18.61%19.27
Claiborne County8,736-8.82%17.92
Benton County8,307-4.45%20.43
Wilkinson County8,177-17.09%12.06
Choctaw County8,045-6.15%19.24
Franklin County7,578-6.56%13.44
Humphreys County7,488-19.78%17.89
Jefferson County6,681-13.47%12.85
Quitman County6,003-26.42%14.82
Sharkey County4,159-14.88%9.63
Issaquena County1,3870.07%3.36