Harrison County, Mississippi facts for kids
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Harrison County Courthouse (constructed in 1903, destroyed by fire in 1970s)
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
|Named for||William Henry Harrison|
|Seat||Biloxi and Gulfport|
|• Total||976 sq mi (2,530 km2)|
|• Land||574 sq mi (1,490 km2)|
|• Water||402 sq mi (1,040 km2) 41%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||362/sq mi (140/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Harrison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 187,105, making it the second-most populous county in Mississippi. Its county seats are Biloxi and Gulfport. The county is named after U.S. President William Henry Harrison.
Harrison County is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The county was severely damaged from both Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969, and Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, causing catastrophic effects.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 976 square miles (2,530 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 402 square miles (1,040 km2) (41%) is water. It is the second-largest county in Mississippi by total area.
A single pond in the county contains the critically endangered dusky gopher frog.
- Interstate 10
- Interstate 110
- U.S. Highway 49
- U.S. Highway 90
- Mississippi Highway 15
- Mississippi Highway 53
- Mississippi Highway 67
- Mississippi Highway 605
- Stone County (north)
- Jackson County (east)
- Hancock County (west)
National protected areas
- De Soto National Forest (part)
- Gulf Islands National Seashore (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
1990-2000 2010-2017 2019
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||51,143||24.51%|
|Hispanic or Latino||13,976||6.7%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 208,621 people, 74,628 households, and 50,074 families residing in the county.
- Biloxi (county seat)
- Gulfport (county seat)
- Long Beach
- Pass Christian