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Today’s Mississippi counties did not always exist in the present form. They went through many different changes in the space of a few short years.
Mississippi Territorial Counties
The Mississippi Territory existed from April 7, 1798, until December 10, 1817.
The State of Mississippi entered the union as the 20th state on December 10, 1817.
Mississippi Counties Today
Fun Facts about Mississippi Counties
Counties by Year
- Adams and Jefferson Counties was the original 2 counties created on April 2, 1799.
- Humphreys County was the last county created on March 28, 1918.
County Size Facts
- Yazoo County (920 sq mi) is the largest county in Mississippi.
- Alcorn County (400 sq mi) is the smallest county in Mississippi.
County Population Facts
- Issaquena County (1,406) is the least populated county in Mississippi.
- Hinds County (245,285) is the most populated county in Mississippi.
Mississippi City Facts
Mississippi’s 10 largest cities (2010) are:
- Jackson (173,514) is in Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties
- Gulfport (67,793) is in Harrison County
- Southhaven (48,982) is in DeSoto County
- Hattiesburg (45,989) is in Mississippi and Lamar Counties
- Biloxi (44,054) is in Harrison County
- Meridian (41,148) is in Lauderdale County
- Tupelo (34,211) is in Lee County
- Greenville (34,400) is in Washington County
- Olive Branch (33,484) is in DeSoto County
- Horn Lake (26,066) is in DeSoto County
Boundary Changes of Mississippi Counties from 1785-1918
This Interactive Map of Mississippi Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from 1785 to 1918.
List of Mississippi Counties
|County||Date Formed||Parent County||County Seat|
|Adams||1799||One of two original counties||Natchez|
|Alcorn||1870||Tippiah and Tishomingo Counties||Corinth|
|Benton||1870||Marshall and Tippah Counties||Ashland|
|Bolivar||1836||Tallahatchie and Washington Counties||Cleveland and Rosedale|
|Calhoun||1852||Chickasaw, Lafayette and Yalobusha Counties||Pittsboro|
|Carroll||1833||Lowndes, Monroe, Washington and Yazoo Counties||Carrollton and Vaiden|
|Chickasaw||1836||Monroe County and Un-Organized||Houston|
|Choctaw||1833||Lowndes, Madison, Monroe and Yazoo Counties||Ackerman|
|Claiborne||1802||Jefferson (Pickering) County||Port Gibson|
|Clay||1871||Chickasaw, Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha Counties (formerly (Colfax County)||West Point|
|Copiah||1823||Franklin and Hinds Counties||Hazlehurst|
|Covington||1819||Lawrence and Wayne Counties||Collins|
|Desoto||1836||Monroe and Washington Counties||Hernando|
|George||1910||Greene and Jackson Counties||Lucedale|
|Grenada||1870||Carroll, Choctaw, Tallahatchie and Yalobusha Counties||Grenada|
|Hancock||1812||Un-Organized||Bay Saint Louis|
|Harrison||1841||Hancock County||Gulfport and Biloxi|
|Hinds||1821||Un-Organized (Choctaw Cession of 1820)||Jackson and Raymond|
|Humphreys||1918||Holmes, Sunflower, Washington and Yazoo Counties||Belzoni|
|Jasper||1833||Jones and Wayne Counties||Bay Springs|
|Jefferson||1799||One of two original Counties (formerly Pickering)||Fayette|
|Jeffrson Davis||1906||Covington and Lawrence Counties||Prentiss|
|Jones||1826||Covington and Wayne Counties (formerly Davis (1865-1869 (Civil War))||Laurel|
|Kemper||1833||Lowndes, Rankin and Wayne Counties||De Kalb|
|Lamar||1904||Marion and Pearl River Counties||Purvis|
|Lauderdale||1833||Rankin and Wayne Counties||Meridian|
|Leake||1833||Madison and Rankin Counties||Carthage|
|Lee||1866||Itawamba and Pontotoc Counties||Tupelo|
|Leflore||1871||Carroll and Sunflower Counties||Greenwood|
|Lincoln||1870||Amite, Copiah, Franklin, Lawrence and Pike Counties||Brookhaven|
|Lowndes||1830||Monroe County and Un-Organized||Columbus|
|Marion||1811||Amite, Franklin and Wayne Counties||Columbia|
|Marshall||1836||Monroe County||Holly Springs|
|Monroe||1821||Un-Organized (Chickasaw Cession of 1816)||Aberdeen|
|Montgomery||1871||Carroll and Choctaw Counties||Winona|
|Neshoba||1833||Jones, Madison, Rankin and Wayne Counties||Philadelphia|
|Noxubee||1833||Lowndes and Rankin Counties||Macon|
|Panola||1836||Monroe and Washington Counties||Batesville|
|Pearl River||1890||Hancock and Marion Counties||Poplarville|
|Perry||1820||Greene County||New Augusta|
|Prentiss||1870||Itawamba and Tishomingo Counties||Booneville|
|Quitman||1877||Coahoma, Panola, Tallahatchie and Tunica Counties||Marks|
|Scott||1833||Covington, Jones and Rankin Counties||Forest|
|Sharkey||1876||Issaquena, Warren and Washington Counties||Rolling Fork|
|Smith||1833||Covington, Jones and Rankin Counties||Raleigh|
|Tallahatchie||1833||Washington and Yazoo Counties||Charleston|
|Tate||1873||DeSoto and Marshall Counties||Senatobia|
|Tunica||1836||Washington County and Un-Organized||Tunica|
|Union||1870||Lee, Pontotoc and Tippah Counties||New Albany|
|Walthall||1912||Marion and Pike Counties||Tylertown|
|Washington||1827||Warren and Yazoo Counties||Greenville|
|Wayne||1809||Washington County (AL)||Waynesboro|
|Webster||1874||Chickasaw, Choctaw and Montegomery Counties (formerly Sumner County)||Walthall|
|Winston||1833||Lowndes, Rankin, and Wayne Counties||Louisville|
|Yalobusha||1833||Monroe, Washington and Yazoo Counties||Water Valley|
|Yazoo||1823||Hinds County||Yazoo City|
List of Old Former / Extinct Mississippi Counties
Mississippi contains some counties that no longer exist because they were discontinued, renamed or merged with another county. These are important for genealogy research purposes.
The below counties formerly within the area of the State of Mississippi no longer exist:
Bainbridge County, Mississippi
Created on January 17, 1823 from Covington County.
Bainbridge County merged back with Covington County on January 21, 1824.
Bourbon County, Georgia
Created on February 7, 1785 from the Natchez Region.
Bourbon County eliminated by the state of Georgia on February 1, 1788.
Colfax County, Mississippi
Colfax County renamed to Clay County on April 10, 1876.
Davis County, Mississippi
Pickering County, Mississippi Territory
Created on April 2, 1799 from unorganized land. Pickering County renamed to Jefferson County on January 11, 1802.