Population of Mississippi 2021

Population

According to the 2010 census, there were 2,967,297 residents in Mississippi, of which 57.3 percent were white, 37.5 percent black and African-American, 0.6 percent Native American, 1.0 percent Asian, 3.0 percent Hispanic. Mississippi is the state with the highest percentage of black people.

The living conditions of the residents of Mississippi are rather poor compared to other states. In 2009, the state ranked last in the United States for poverty, access to good health care, education and life expectancy. One in five people lives below the national poverty line, which was $ 22,000 for a family of four in 2010. In some counties, up to 48 percent of the population live below this poverty line.

Mississippi was the site of race riots in the 20th century. Numerous black people were lynched without the perpetrators being prosecuted. Due to the poor economic conditions and the lack of legal security, many blacks emigrated to the northern states between 1910 and 1970.

In 1956 the Southern Manifesto was drawn up, a letter of protest against racial integration that was also signed by numerous Mississippi politicians. In the course of the investigation into the murders of three civil rights activists, authorities found other bodies of murdered blacks in Neshoba County. In this regard, Mississippi Governor Paul B. Johnson Jr. refused to cooperate with the authorities and suspected the missing activists to be in Cuba. In 1962 a riot broke out in what became known as the Ole Miss Riots.

From the perspective of fighters for equality, the state remained one of the most backward. On June 12, 1967, a ruling by the US Supreme Court forced Mississippi to permit mixed marriages, which were previously prohibited by law; the state was one of 16 stragglers.

Top Counties by Population in Mississippi

Rank County Name Population Population Density (per kmĀ²)
1 Hinds County 245,296 108.97
2 Harrison County 187,116 124.33
3 DeSoto County 161,263 130.26
4 Rankin County 141,628 70.57
5 Jackson County 139,679 74.18
6 Madison County 95,214 51.14
7 Lee County 82,921 71.18
8 Lauderdale County 80,272 44.03
9 Forrest County 74,945 61.94
10 Jones County 67,772 37.71
11 Lowndes County 59,790 45.99
12 Pearl River County 55,845 26.55
13 Lamar County 55,669 43.25
14 Washington County 51,148 27.28
15 Warren County 48,784 32.09
16 Oktibbeha County 47,682 40.20
17 Lafayette County 47,362 28.99
18 Hancock County 43,940 35.58
19 Pike County 40,415 38.16
20 Marshall County 37,155 20.31
21 Alcorn County 37,068 35.78
22 Monroe County 37,000 18.70
23 Lincoln County 34,880 22.98
24 Panola County 34,718 19.59
25 Bolivar County 34,156 15.05
26 Leflore County 32,328 21.09
27 Adams County 32,308 27.13
28 Pontotoc County 29,968 23.29
29 Neshoba County 29,687 20.11
30 Sunflower County 29,461 16.39
31 Copiah County 29,460 14.64
32 Tate County 28,897 27.63
33 Scott County 28,275 17.93
34 Yazoo County 28,076 11.78
35 Simpson County 27,514 18.03
36 Union County 27,145 25.20
37 Marion County 27,099 19.30
38 Coahoma County 26,162 18.23
39 Prentiss County 25,287 23.52
40 Leake County 23,816 15.77
41 Itawamba County 23,412 16.99
42 George County 22,589 18.25
43 Tippah County 22,243 18.75
44 Grenada County 21,917 20.05
45 Newton County 21,731 14.52
46 Wayne County 20,758 9.89
47 Clay County 20,645 19.49
48 Tishomingo County 19,604 17.85
49 Covington County 19,579 18.26
50 Attala County 19,575 10.28
51 Holmes County 19,209 9.81
52 Winston County 19,209 12.22
53 Stone County 17,797 15.44
54 Chickasaw County 17,403 13.39
55 Jasper County 17,073 9.75
56 Clarke County 16,743 9.35
57 Smith County 16,502 10.02
58 Walthall County 15,454 14.77
59 Tallahatchie County 15,389 9.23
60 Calhoun County 14,973 9.85
61 Greene County 14,411 7.80
62 Amite County 13,142 6.95
63 Lawrence County 12,940 11.59
64 Yalobusha County 12,689 10.49
65 Jefferson Davis County 12,498 11.82
66 Perry County 12,261 7.32
67 Noxubee County 11,556 6.42
68 Montgomery County 10,936 10.38
69 Tunica County 10,789 9.16
70 Carroll County 10,608 6.52
71 Kemper County 10,467 5.28
72 Webster County 10,264 9.36
73 Wilkinson County 9,889 5.64
74 Claiborne County 9,615 7.62
75 Humphreys County 9,386 8.67
76 Benton County 8,740 8.29
77 Choctaw County 8,558 7.89
78 Quitman County 8,234 7.85
79 Franklin County 8,129 5.56
80 Jefferson County 7,737 5.76
81 Sharkey County 4,927 4.44
82 Issaquena County 1,417 1.32

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