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List of Cities and Counties in Mississippi

Discover Mississippi population facts easily with our list of counties and cities. Find out how many people live in each area, from big cities to small towns, and see how Mississippi’s population is spread out across the state.

Mississippi Counties by Population

A county is an administrative subdivision of a US state or territory. As of 2022, Mississippi is divided into 82 counties. 

The average population of Mississippi counties is 35,975; Hinds County is the most populous (222,679) and Issaquena County is the least (1,280). The average land area is 572 sq mi. The largest county by area is Yazoo County (920 sq mi) and the smallest is Alcorn County (400 sq mi).

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#CountyPopulation 2021Area(sq. mi.)Density (people/sq.mi.)
1Hinds County222,679869256.25
2Harrison County209,396581360.41
3DeSoto County188,633478394.63
4Rankin County158,096775203.99
5Jackson County143,987727198.06
6Madison County109,813719152.73
7Lee County82,883450184.18
8Forrest County77,875467166.76
9Lauderdale County72,088704102.40
10Jones County66,74469496.17
11Lamar County65,353497131.49
12Lowndes County58,150502115.84
13Lafayette County56,88463190.15
14Pearl River County56,50381269.58
15Oktibbeha County51,842458113.19
16Hancock County46,05547796.55
17Washington County43,68772460.34
18Warren County43,57958774.24
19Pike County39,97340997.73
20Lincoln County34,94358659.63
21Alcorn County34,34940085.87
22Monroe County33,88376444.35
23Marshall County33,72570647.77
24Panola County32,85168448.03
25Pontotoc County31,44549763.27
26Bolivar County30,30887634.60
27Neshoba County28,99357050.86
28Adams County28,74246062.48
29Tate County28,23440469.89
30Copiah County27,99577736.03
31Union County27,95341667.19
32Scott County27,59860945.32
33Leflore County27,55759246.55
34Yazoo County26,37392028.67
35Simpson County25,75058943.72
36Sunflower County25,40269436.60
37Prentiss County24,99641560.23
38George County24,76247851.80
39Marion County24,37854244.98
40Itawamba County23,83853244.81
41Tippah County21,63545847.24
42Grenada County21,36542250.63
43Leake County21,19658336.36
44Newton County21,05657836.43
45Coahoma County20,81055437.56
46Wayne County19,70981024.33
47Tishomingo County18,75042444.22
48Stone County18,64444541.90
49Clay County18,53540945.32
50Covington County18,27941444.15
51Attala County17,74273524.14
52Winston County17,59660728.99
53Chickasaw County17,01150233.89
54Holmes County16,49675621.82
55Jasper County16,29167624.10
56Clarke County15,42169122.32
57Smith County14,19163622.31
58Walthall County13,83640434.25
59Greene County13,63071319.12
60Calhoun County13,01858722.18
61Amite County12,63773017.31
62Yalobusha County12,41546726.58
63Tallahatchie County12,36664419.20
64Lawrence County11,81243127.41
65Perry County11,57164717.88
66Jefferson Davis County11,13440827.29
67Noxubee County10,12369514.57
68Webster County9,98342323.60
69Carroll County9,87962815.73
70Montgomery County9,72940723.90
71Tunica County9,69645521.31
72Claiborne County8,90848718.29
73Kemper County8,82976611.53
74Wilkinson County8,31567712.28
75Choctaw County8,10641919.35
76Franklin County7,67656513.59
77Benton County7,64640718.79
78Humphreys County7,55141818.06
79Jefferson County7,20551913.88
80Quitman County5,93540514.65
81Sharkey County3,6634288.56
82Issaquena County1,2804133.10

Source: US Census report 2021

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Top Cities in Mississippi by population

Mississippi is divided into 82 counties and contains 300 municipalities, consisting of cities, towns, and villages. Municipalities with populations of more than 2,000 are classified as cities, municipalities containing between 301 and 2000 persons are classified as towns, and municipalities between 100 and 300 persons are classified as villages.

Jackson City is only one city with over 100,000, and the largest city by population in Mississippi. Other big cities are Hattiesburg (71,438) and Gulfport (56,644).

Let’s have a look at the Top Cities in Mississippi by population.

#CityPopulation 2020
1Jackson 157,821
2Gulfport 71,438
3Southaven 56,644
4Biloxi 46,127
5Hattiesburg 45,806
6Olive Branch 39,646
7Tupelo 38,303
8Meridian 36,011
9Oxford 28,635
10Greenville 28,315

Source: US Census 2020

Most Populous Counties in Mississippi

The most populous county in Mississippi is Hinds County with 222,679 residents. It was followed by Harrison County (209,396) and DeSoto County (188,633)

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#CountyPopulation 2021
1Hinds County222,679
2Harrison County209,396
3DeSoto County188,633
4Rankin County158,096
5Jackson County143,987
6Madison County109,813
7Lee County82,883
8Forrest County77,875
9Lauderdale County72,088
10Jones County66,744
Least Populated Mississippi County

The least populous county is Issaquena County with 1,280 residents, it’s followed by Sharkey County and Quitman County.

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#CountyPopulation 2021
1Issaquena County1,280
2Sharkey County3,663
3Quitman County5,935
4Jefferson County7,205
5Humphreys County7,551

source: US Census 2021

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Largest Counties in Mississippi by area

The Largest county by Land Area in Mississippi is Yazoo County with an area of 920 sq. miles. Bolivar County with an area of 876 sq. mi. comes next followed by Hinds County (869 sq. mi.)

Let’s have a look at the Top 10 counties by Area

#CountyArea(sq. mi.)
1Yazoo County920
2Bolivar County876
3Hinds County869
4Pearl River County812
5Wayne County810
6Copiah County777
7Rankin County775
8Kemper County766
9Monroe County764
10Holmes County756
Smallest County in Mississippi by area

The smallest county by area in Mississippi is Alcorn County with an area of 400 square miles.

#CountyArea(sq. mi.)
1Alcorn County400
2Walthall County404
3Tate County404
4Quitman County405
5Benton County407

source: US Census report 2021

Most Densely populated Counties in Mississippi

The most densely populated county in Mississippi is DeSoto County, with 394 people per sq. mi. Next comes Harrison County with 360 people per sq. mi. followed by Hinds County (256./ sq.mi)

Let’s have a look at the Top 10 densely populated counties

#CountyDensity (people/sq.mi.)
1DeSoto County394.63
2Harrison County360.41
3Hinds County256.25
4Rankin County203.99
5Jackson County198.06
6Lee County184.18
7Forrest County166.76
8Madison County152.73
9Lamar County131.49
10Lowndes County115.84
Least Densely Populated County in Mississippi

Issaquena County with a population density of just 3.10 people per sq. miles is the least densely populated county in Mississippi

#CountyDensity (people/sq.mi.)
1Issaquena County3.10
2Sharkey County8.56
3Kemper County11.53
4Wilkinson County12.28
5Franklin County13.59

source: US Census 2021

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