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History and Facts of Mississippi Counties

Mississippi Counties –The Mississippi Territory was created on April 7, 1798. The State of Mississippi was founded as the 20th state on Dec. 10, 1817. Mississippi has 82 Counties. States bordering Mississippi are AlabamaTennesseeArkansasLouisiana.

List of Mississippi Counties

Mississippi is divided into 82 counties.

List of Old Former / Extinct Mississippi Counties

Mississippi has counties that no longer are in existence. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have modified very little since 1900 in the vast most of states.

The below Mississippi counties no longer exist:

?? County, Mississippi

Created ? from ?. It was abolished ? and re-established as ? County on ?.

  • Bainbridge County: Formed from Lawrence County and Wayne County renamed Covington County
  • Bourbon County: Organized by Georgia in 1785 out of disputed Yazoo lands in present day Mississippi; dissolved in 1788.
  • Colfax County: Formed in 1871, renamed Clay County in 1876
  • Davis County: Originally called Jones Co; name changed to Davis Co. in 1865; name changed back to Jones Co. in 1869
  • Pickering County: Formed in 1799 from the Natchez District , renamed Jefferson County in 1802
  • Pearl County: 1872-1878, later reformed as Pearl River County, Mississippi
  • Sumner County: Formed in 1874 from Montgomery County and Choctaw County , renamed Webster County in 1882

Map of Mississippi County Boundary Changes from 1785 to 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 the creation of Mississippi from 1785-1918.

Fun Facts about Mississippi Counties

County Name Facts

The County names:

  • 0 of them named for Native American words or people,

Counties by Year

In 1799 the first two Mississippi counties were formed. They were Adams and Jefferson Counties. The last county to be formed was Humphreys County in 1918.

  • ? County was the first county created on ?.
  •  The last county to be formed was ? County on ?.

Facts for County Size

  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the largest county in Mississippi.
  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the smallest county in Mississippi.

Facts for County Population (2017 Est.)

  • ? County (000) is the most populated county in Mississippi.
  • ? County (000) is the least populated county in Mississippi.

Facts for Mississippi Counties and Cities

Mississippi’s 10 largest cities (2010) are:

  1. Birmingham (000) is in ? County and ? Counties
  2. Jackson, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Southhaven, Biloxi, Meridian, Tupelo, Greenville, Olive Branch and Horn Lake