Harrison County, Mississippi

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Harrison County, Mississippi
Gulfport Mississippi Courthouse.jpg
Harrison County Courthouse
Seal of Harrison County, Mississippi
Seal
Map of Mississippi highlighting Harrison County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded1841
SeatBiloxi and Gulfport
Area
 • Total976.15 sq mi (2,528 km2)
 • Land580.98 sq mi (1,505 km2)
 • Water395.17 sq mi (1,023 km2), 40.48%
Population
 • (2010)187,105
 • Density326/sq mi (126/km²)
Websitewww.co.harrison.ms.us
 
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Harrison County, Mississippi
Gulfport Mississippi Courthouse.jpg
Harrison County Courthouse
Seal of Harrison County, Mississippi
Seal
Map of Mississippi highlighting Harrison County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded1841
SeatBiloxi and Gulfport
Area
 • Total976.15 sq mi (2,528 km2)
 • Land580.98 sq mi (1,505 km2)
 • Water395.17 sq mi (1,023 km2), 40.48%
Population
 • (2010)187,105
 • Density326/sq mi (126/km²)
Websitewww.co.harrison.ms.us

Harrison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 187,105.[1] Its county seats are Biloxi and Gulfport. Harrison County is named after U.S. President William Henry Harrison.

Harrison County is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi, Mississippi, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The county was severely damaged from both Hurricane Camille in August 1969 and Hurricane Katrina on August 28–29, 2005, causing catastrophic effects.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 976.15 square miles (2,528.2 km2), of which 580.98 square miles (1,504.7 km2) (or 59.52%) is land and 395.17 square miles (1,023.5 km2) (or 40.48%) is water.[2]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18504,875
18604,819−1.1%
18705,79520.3%
18807,89536.2%
189012,48158.1%
190021,00268.3%
191034,65865.0%
192032,855−5.2%
193044,14334.4%
194050,79915.1%
195084,07365.5%
1960119,48942.1%
1970134,58212.6%
1980157,66517.2%
1990165,3654.9%
2000189,60114.7%
2010187,105−1.3%
Est. 2012194,0293.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 187,479 people, 71,538 households, and 48,574 families residing in the county. The population density was 326 people per square mile (126/km²). There were 79,636 housing units at an average density of 137 per square mile (53/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.15% White, 21.09% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 2.60% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. 2.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 71,538 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.10% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.55 and the average family size is 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The main income for a household in the county was $35,624, and the median income for a family was $41,445. Males had a median income of $29,867 versus $22,030 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,024. 14.60% of the population and 11.60% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.70% of those under the age of 18 and 11.30% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Harrison County has the sixth highest per capita income in the State of Mississippi.

Communities[edit]

Water from the Tchoutacabouffa River overflowing its banks near the intersection of Old Hwy 67 and MS 15 on September 29, 1998, after Hurricane Georges made landfall.

Corrections system[edit]

Harrison County has received coverage on CNN and other media regarding the beatings of inmates, and the death of inmate Jessie Lee Williams Jr., who died while in custody on Feb. 4, 2006, which have occurred in the Harrison County Jail in Gulfport, Mississippi.[5] In 2006 and 2007, six Harrison County Sheriff's Department deputies pled guilty to crimes related to the abuse of inmates at the jail.[6] Melvin Brisolara-R, is the current Sheriff elected in 2008, for Harrison County.

Wildlife[edit]

A single pond in the county contains the critically endangered dusky gopher frog.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2007/07/family-suspicious-about-grandsons-jail.html
  6. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20070713/pl_usnw/sixth_harrison_county_sheriff_s_department_officer_pleads_guilty
  7. ^ Dusky gopher frog

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Coordinates: 30°25′N 89°05′W / 30.42°N 89.09°W / 30.42; -89.09