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Brandon, Mississippi
City of Brandon
Rankin County Courthouse and Rankin County Confederate Monument
Rankin County Courthouse and Rankin County Confederate Monument
Flag of Brandon, Mississippi
Official seal of Brandon, Mississippi
Official logo of Brandon, Mississippi
"A city of red hills laden with golden opportunities!"
"Growth and Stability!"
Location of Brandon, Mississippi
Location of Brandon, Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi
Location in Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi is located in the United States
Brandon, Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Rankin
Named for Gerard Chittocque Brandon
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 25.75 sq mi (66.70 km2)
 • Land 25.66 sq mi (66.47 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
482 ft (147 m)
 • Total 21,705
 • Estimate 
 • Density 946.46/sq mi (365.42/km2)
Demonym(s) Brandonite
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
39042, 39043, 39047
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-08300
GNIS feature ID 0667519

Brandon is a city in and the county seat of Rankin County, Mississippi, United States. It was incorporated on December 19, 1831. The population was 21,705 at the 2010 census. Brandon is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located east of the state capital.


Long occupied by indigenous cultures, this area was part of Choctaw people territory at the time of European colonization. They were forced to cede their land to the United States in the 1830s. The area near the river was developed for cotton plantations. European-American settlers did not occupy the area in great number until the mid-20th century.


Brandon is located at 32°16′49″N 89°59′54″W / 32.28028°N 89.99833°W / 32.28028; -89.99833 (32.280330, -89.998470). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.3 square miles (55.3 km²), of which 21.3 square miles (55.1 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km²) (0.37%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 867
1870 756 −12.8%
1880 864 14.3%
1890 835 −3.4%
1900 775 −7.2%
1910 720 −7.1%
1920 691 −4.0%
1930 692 0.1%
1940 1,184 71.1%
1950 1,827 54.3%
1960 2,139 17.1%
1970 2,685 25.5%
1980 9,626 258.5%
1990 11,077 15.1%
2000 16,436 48.4%
2010 21,705 32.1%
2019 (est.) 24,289 11.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Brandon racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 18,552 73.8%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 5,034 20.03%
Native American 51 0.2%
Asian 235 0.93%
Pacific Islander 2 0.01%
Other/Mixed 729 2.9%
Hispanic or Latino 535 2.13%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 25,138 people, 8,780 households, and 6,593 families residing in the city.


Brandon is the location of the Black Rose Theatre Company.

Brandon contains a number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Included are:

  • Cocke-Martin-Jackson House
  • Hebron Academy
  • Rankin County Courthouse
  • Stevens-Buchanan House
  • Turcotte House


The Mississippi Department of Corrections operates the Brandon Probation & Parole Office in Brandon. The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, located in unincorporated Rankin County, is in proximity to Brandon.


The City of Brandon is served by the Rankin County School District.

Public schools

  • Brandon High School (grades 9-12)
  • Brandon Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • Brandon Elementary School (grades 4-5)
  • Stonebridge Elementary School (grades 2-3)
  • Rouse Elementary School (grades K-1)


The city of Brandon is served by five fire stations and one administrative central station under the direction of Fire Chief Terry Wages. In 2015, the city established an independent EMS district that provides ambulance services through a private provider, Pafford EMS. The city has one police station under the direction of Police Chief William A. Thompson Jr.

Notable people

  • Devin Britton, professional tennis player
  • Demario Davis, professional football player
  • Jenna Edwards, former Miss Florida and Miss Florida USA
  • Aiden Flowers, actor
  • Patrick Henry, (1843–1930), U.S. representative
  • Volney Howard, Attorney General and U.S. Representative for Texas
  • Skylar Laine, country singer; placed fifth on the eleventh season of American Idol
  • Mamie Locke, political scientist, Virginia state senator
  • Justin Mapp, professional soccer player
  • Anselm Joseph McLaurin, Governor of Mississippi 1896–1900
  • John C. McLaurin, mayor of Brandon and state senator
  • Gardner Minshew, Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Mary Ann Mobley, American actress, television personality, and first Miss America from Mississippi
  • Tyler Moore, professional baseball player for the Washington Nationals
  • Jerious Norwood, professional football player
  • Jonathan Randolph, professional golfer
  • Sarah Thomas, first female NFL official
  • Joe M. Turner, professional magician, mentalist, speaker
  • Louis H. Wilson, Jr., 26th Commandant of the Marine Corps and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

See also

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