List of counties in Mississippi

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There are 82 counties in the U.S. state of Mississippi.

Mississippi's postal abbreviation is MS and its FIPS state code is 28.

List[edit]

County
FIPS code
[1]
County seat
[2]
Established
[3]
Origin
Etymology
Population
[2]
Area
[3]
Map
Adams County001Natchez1799One of two original countiesJohn Adams, second U.S. President32,297460 sq mi
(1,191 km2)
State map highlighting Adams County
Alcorn County003Corinth1870Formed from Tippiah and Tishomingo CountiesJames L. Alcorn, Reconstruction-era U.S. Senator from Mississippi37,057400 sq mi
(1,036 km2)
State map highlighting Alcorn County
Amite County005Liberty1809Formed from Wilkinson CountyAmite River13,131730 sq mi
(1,891 km2)
State map highlighting Amite County
Attala County007Kosciusko1833Formed from Madison CountyA fictional Native American heroine from an early 19th-century novel by François-René de Chateaubriand.19,564735 sq mi
(1,904 km2)
State map highlighting Attala County
Benton County009Ashland1870Formed from Marshall and Tippah CountiesThomas Hart Benton, U.S. Senator from Missouri and prominent westward expansion advocate8,729407 sq mi
(1,054 km2)
State map highlighting Benton County
Bolivar County011Cleveland and Rosedale1836Formed from Tallahatchie and Washington CountiesSimon Bolivar, South American democratic revolutionary34,145876 sq mi
(2,269 km2)
State map highlighting Bolivar County
Calhoun County013Pittsboro1852Formed from Chickasaw, Lafayette and Yalobusha CountiesJohn C. Calhoun, U.S. Senator from South Carolina and prominent supporter of states' rights14,962587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
State map highlighting Calhoun County
Carroll County015Carrollton and Vaiden1833Formed from Lowndes, Monroe, Washington and Yazoo CountiesCharles Carroll, last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence10,597628 sq mi
(1,627 km2)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Chickasaw County017Houston and Okolona1836Formed from Monroe County and Un-OrganizedChickasaw Native Americans17,392502 sq mi
(1,300 km2)
State map highlighting Chickasaw County
Choctaw County019Ackerman1833Formed from Lowndes, Madison, Monroe and Yazoo CountiesChoctaw Native Americans8,547419 sq mi
(1,085 km2)
State map highlighting Choctaw County
Claiborne County021Port Gibson1802Formed from Jefferson (Pickering) CountyWilliam C. C. Claiborne, first Governor of Louisiana9,604487 sq mi
(1,261 km2)
State map highlighting Claiborne County
Clarke County023Quitman1833Formed from Wayne CountyJoshua G. Clark, the first elected judge following admittance to the Union16,732691 sq mi
(1,790 km2)
State map highlighting Clarke County
Clay County025West Point1871Formed from Chickasaw, Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha Counties (formerly (Colfax County)Henry Clay, U.S. Senator from Kentucky and giant of Nineteenth Century politics20,634409 sq mi
(1,059 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Coahoma County027Clarksdale1836Formed from Un-Organizedderives from Native American word meaning "red panther"26,151554 sq mi
(1,435 km2)
State map highlighting Coahoma County
Copiah County029Hazlehurst1823Formed from Franklin and Hinds Countiesderives from Native American word meaning "calling panther"29,449777 sq mi
(2,012 km2)
State map highlighting Copiah County
Covington County031Collins1819Formed from Lawrence and Wayne CountiesLeonard Covington, American Revolutionary War general19,568414 sq mi
(1,072 km2)
State map highlighting Covington County
DeSoto County033Hernando1836Formed from Monroe and Washington CountiesHernando de Soto, Spanish explorer of the Americas161,252478 sq mi
(1,238 km2)
State map highlighting DeSoto County
Forrest County035Hattiesburg1906Formed from Perry CountyNathan B. Forrest, Confederate general during the American Civil War74,934467 sq mi
(1,210 km2)
State map highlighting Forrest County
Franklin County037Meadville1809Formed from Adams CountyBenjamin Franklin, writer, orator, publisher, and U.S. founding father8,118565 sq mi
(1,463 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
George County039Lucedale1910Formed from Greene and Jackson CountiesJames Z. George, U.S. Senator from Mississippi22,578478 sq mi
(1,238 km2)
State map highlighting George County
Greene County041Leakesville1811Formed from Wayne CountyNathanael Greene, Revolutionary War general14,400713 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
State map highlighting Greene County
Grenada County043Grenada1870Formed from Carroll, Choctaw, Tallahatchie and Yalobusha CountiesSpanish province of Grenada21,906422 sq mi
(1,093 km2)
State map highlighting Grenada County
Hancock County045Bay Saint Louis1812Formed from Un-OrganizedJohn Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence43,929477 sq mi
(1,235 km2)
State map highlighting Hancock County
Harrison County047Gulfport and Biloxi1841Formed from Hancock CountyWilliam Henry Harrison, ninth U.S. President187,105581 sq mi
(1,505 km2)
State map highlighting Harrison County
Hinds County049Jackson and Raymond1821Formed from Un-Organized (Choctaw Cession of 1820)Thomas Hinds, War of 1812 general245,285869 sq mi
(2,251 km2)
State map highlighting Hinds County
Holmes County051Lexington1833Formed from Yazoo CountyDavid Holmes, first Governor of Mississippi19,198756 sq mi
(1,958 km2)
State map highlighting Holmes County
Humphreys County053Belzoni1918Formed from Holmes, Sunflower, Washington and Yazoo CountiesBenjamin G. Humphreys, Reconstruction-era Governor of Mississippi9,375418 sq mi
(1,083 km2)
State map highlighting Humphreys County
Issaquena County055Mayersville1844Formed from Washington CountyNative American word for "Deer River"1,406413 sq mi
(1,070 km2)
State map highlighting Issaquena County
Itawamba County057Fulton1836Formed from Monroe CountyItawamba, Chickasaw chief23,401532 sq mi
(1,378 km2)
State map highlighting Itawamba County
Jackson County059Pascagoula1812Formed from Un-OrganizedAndrew Jackson, War of 1812 hero and seventh U.S. President139,668727 sq mi
(1,883 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jasper County061Bay Springs and Paulding1833Formed from Jones and Wayne CountiesWilliam Jasper, Revolutionary War sergeant17,062676 sq mi
(1,751 km2)
State map highlighting Jasper County
Jefferson County063Fayette1799One of two original Counties (formerly Pickering)Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President and principal author of the Declaration of Independence7,726519 sq mi
(1,344 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Jefferson Davis County065Prentiss1906Formed from Covington and Lawrence CountiesJefferson Davis, only president of the Confederate States of America12,487408 sq mi
(1,057 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson Davis County
Jones County067Laurel and Ellisville1826Formed from Covington and Wayne Counties (formerly Davis (1865-1869 (Civil War))John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval captain67,761694 sq mi
(1,797 km2)
State map highlighting Jones County
Kemper County069De Kalb1833Formed from Lowndes, Rankin and Wayne CountiesReuben Kemper, American pioneer and revolutionary in Spanish Florida10,456766 sq mi
(1,984 km2)
State map highlighting Kemper County
Lafayette County071Oxford1836Formed from Monroe CountyMarquis de la Fayette, French-born Revolutionary War general47,351631 sq mi
(1,634 km2)
State map highlighting Lafayette County
Lamar County073Purvis1904Formed from Marion and Pearl River CountiesLucius Q. C. Lamar, U.S. Senator from Mississippi and United States Secretary of the Interior55,658497 sq mi
(1,287 km2)
State map highlighting Lamar County
Lauderdale County075Meridian1833Formed from Rankin and Wayne CountiesJames Lauderdale, War of 1812 colonel80,261704 sq mi
(1,823 km2)
State map highlighting Lauderdale County
Lawrence County077Monticello1814Formed from Marion CountyJames Lawrence, War of 1812 naval captain12,929431 sq mi
(1,116 km2)
State map highlighting Lawrence County
Leake County079Carthage1833Formed from Madison and Rankin CountiesWalter Leake, Governor of Mississippi23,805583 sq mi
(1,510 km2)
State map highlighting Leake County
Lee County081Tupelo1866Formed from Itawamba and Pontotoc CountiesRobert E. Lee, commanding Confederate general82,910450 sq mi
(1,165 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Leflore County083Greenwood1871Formed from Carroll and Sunflower CountiesGreenwood LeFlore, mixed-race advocate of citizenship for Native Americans and U.S. Senator from Mississippi32,317592 sq mi
(1,533 km2)
State map highlighting Leflore County
Lincoln County085Brookhaven1870Formed from Amite, Copiah, Franklin, Lawrence and Pike CountiesAbraham Lincoln, sixteenth U.S. President34,869586 sq mi
(1,518 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Lowndes County087Columbus1830Formed from Monroe County and Un-OrganizedWilliam Jones Lowndes, U.S. Representative from South Carolina59,779502 sq mi
(1,300 km2)
State map highlighting Lowndes County
Madison County089Canton1828Formed from Yazoo CountyJames Madison, fourth U.S. President95,203719 sq mi
(1,862 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Marion County091Columbia1811Formed from Amite, Franklin and Wayne CountiesFrancis Marion, Revolutionary War general27,088542 sq mi
(1,404 km2)
State map highlighting Marion County
Marshall County093Holly Springs1836Formed from Monroe CountyJohn Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States who shaped the Supreme Court's power37,144706 sq mi
(1,829 km2)
State map highlighting Marshall County
Monroe County095Aberdeen1821Formed from Un-Organized (Chickasaw Cession of 1816)James Monroe, fifth U.S. President36,989764 sq mi
(1,979 km2)
State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County097Winona1871Formed from Carroll and Choctaw CountiesRichard Montgomery, Revolutionary War general10,925407 sq mi
(1,054 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Neshoba County099Philadelphia1833Formed from Jones, Madison, Rankin and Wayne CountiesNative American word for "gray wolf"29,676570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Neshoba County
Newton County101Decatur1836Formed from Neshoba CountyIsaac Newton, English scientist21,720578 sq mi
(1,497 km2)
State map highlighting Newton County
Noxubee County103Macon1833Formed from Lowndes and Rankin CountiesNative American for "stinking water"11,545695 sq mi
(1,800 km2)
State map highlighting Noxubee County
Oktibbeha County105Starkville1833Formed from Lowndes CountyNative American word for "bloody water"47,671458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
State map highlighting Oktibbeha County
Panola County107Batesville and Sardis1836Formed from Monroe and Washington CountiesNative American for "cotton"34,707684 sq mi
(1,772 km2)
State map highlighting Panola County
Pearl River County109Poplarville1890Formed from Hancock and Marion CountiesPearl River55,834812 sq mi
(2,103 km2)
State map highlighting Pearl River County
Perry County111New Augusta1820Formed from Greene CountyOliver Hazard Perry, War of 1812 naval captain12,250647 sq mi
(1,676 km2)
State map highlighting Perry County
Pike County113Magnolia1815Formed from Marion CountyZebulon Pike, western explorer40,404409 sq mi
(1,059 km2)
State map highlighting Pike County
Pontotoc County115Pontotoc1836Formed from Monroe CountyNative American for "land of hanging grapes"29,957497 sq mi
(1,287 km2)
State map highlighting Pontotoc County
Prentiss County117Booneville1870Formed from Itawamba and Tishomingo CountiesSeargent Smith Prentiss, U.S. Representative from Mississippi25,276415 sq mi
(1,075 km2)
State map highlighting Prentiss County
Quitman County119Marks1877Formed from Coahoma, Panola, Tallahatchie and Tunica CountiesJohn A. Quitman, Governor of Mississippi8,223405 sq mi
(1,049 km2)
State map highlighting Quitman County
Rankin County121Brandon1828Formed from Hinds CountyChristopher Rankin, U.S. Representative from Mississippi141,617775 sq mi
(2,007 km2)
State map highlighting Rankin County
Scott County123Forest1833Formed from Covington, Jones and Rankin CountiesAbram M. Scott, Governor of Mississippi28,264609 sq mi
(1,577 km2)
State map highlighting Scott County
Sharkey County125Rolling Fork1876Formed from Issaquena, Warren and Washington CountiesWilliam L. Sharkey, Mississippi Supreme Court justice4,916428 sq mi
(1,109 km2)
State map highlighting Sharkey County
Simpson County127Mendenhall1824Formed from Copiah CountyJosiah Simpson, first federal judge appointed in the state27,503589 sq mi
(1,526 km2)
State map highlighting Simpson County
Smith County129Raleigh1833Formed from Covington, Jones and Rankin CountiesDavid Smith, Revolutionary War major16,491636 sq mi
(1,647 km2)
State map highlighting Smith County
Stone County131Wiggins1916Formed from Harrison CountyJohn M. Stone, Governor of Mississippi17,786445 sq mi
(1,153 km2)
State map highlighting Stone County
Sunflower County133Indianola1844Formed from Bolivar CountySunflower River29,450694 sq mi
(1,797 km2)
State map highlighting Sunflower County
Tallahatchie County135Charleston and Sumner1833Formed from Washington and Yazoo CountiesTallahatchie River15,378644 sq mi
(1,668 km2)
State map highlighting Tallahatchie County
Tate County137Senatobia1873Formed from DeSoto and Marshall CountiesThomas Simpson Tate, the county's original settler28,886404 sq mi
(1,046 km2)
State map highlighting Tate County
Tippah County139Ripley1836Formed from Monroe CountyNative American word for "cut off"22,232458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
State map highlighting Tippah County
Tishomingo County141Iuka1836Formed from Monroe CountyChief Tishomingo, Chickasaw leader19,593424 sq mi
(1,098 km2)
State map highlighting Tishomingo County
Tunica County143Tunica1836Formed from Washington County and Un-OrganizedTunica Native Americans10,778455 sq mi
(1,178 km2)
State map highlighting Tunica County
Union County145New Albany1870Formed from Lee, Pontotoc and Tippah CountiesReunion of Confederacy with the United States27,134416 sq mi
(1,077 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Walthall County147Tylertown1912Formed from Marion and Pike CountiesEdward Walthall, U.S. Senator from Mississippi15,443404 sq mi
(1,046 km2)
State map highlighting Walthall County
Warren County149Vicksburg1809Formed from Claiborne CountyJoseph Warren, Revolutionary War general48,773587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
State map highlighting Warren County
Washington County151Greenville1827Formed from Warren and Yazoo CountiesGeorge Washington, first U.S. President51,137724 sq mi
(1,875 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County153Waynesboro1809Formed from Washington County (AL)Anthony Wayne, Revolutionary War general20,747810 sq mi
(2,098 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County155Walthall1874Formed from Chickasaw, Choctaw and Montegomery Counties (formerly Sumner County)Daniel Webster, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and giant of Nineteenth Century politics10,253423 sq mi
(1,096 km2)
State map highlighting Webster County
Wilkinson County157Woodville1802Formed from Adams CountyJames Wilkinson, Revolutionary War general9,878677 sq mi
(1,753 km2)
State map highlighting Wilkinson County
Winston County159Louisville1833Formed from Lowndes, Rankin, and Wayne CountiesLouis Winston, Mississippi Supreme Court justice19,198607 sq mi
(1,572 km2)
State map highlighting Winston County
Yalobusha County161Water Valley and Coffeeville1833Formed from Monroe, Washington and Yazoo CountiesNative American for "tadpole place"12,678467 sq mi
(1,210 km2)
State map highlighting Yalobusha County
Yazoo County163Yazoo City1823Formed from Hinds CountyYazoo Native Americans28,065920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
State map highlighting Yazoo County

Former counties[edit]

This list does not include counties now in Alabama.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA.gov. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b Bureau of the Census, USA. "GeoHive - USA, Mississippi state population statistics". Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Retrieved 2008-04-30.