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Hinds County
Hinds County courthouse in Raymond
Hinds County courthouse in Raymond
Official seal of Hinds County
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Map of Mississippi highlighting Hinds County
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
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Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Mississippi
Founded 1821
Named for Thomas Hinds
Seat Jackson and Raymond
Largest city Jackson
Area
 • Total 877 sq mi (2,270 km2)
 • Land 870 sq mi (2,300 km2)
 • Water 7.6 sq mi (20 km2)  0.9%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2015)
242,891
 • Density 282/sq mi (109/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd

Hinds County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 245,285, making it the most populous county in Mississippi. Its county seats are Raymond and Jackson, the state capital. The county is named for General Thomas Hinds, a hero of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.

Hinds County is part of the Jackson, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is a center of professional, educational, business and industrial elites in the state. It is bordered on the northwest by the Big Black River and on the east by the Pearl River. It is one county width away from the Yazoo River and the southern border of the Mississippi Delta.

In the 19th century, the rural areas of the county were devoted to cotton plantations worked by enslaved African Americans and depended on agriculture well into the 20th century.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 877 square miles (2,270 km2), of which 870 square miles (2,300 km2) is land and 7.6 square miles (20 km2) (0.9%) is water. It is the third-largest county in Mississippi by land area and fifth-largest by total area.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Natchez Trace Parkway (part)

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-55.svg Interstate 55
  • I-20.svg Interstate 20
  • I-220.svg Interstate 220
  • US 49.svg U.S. Highway 49
  • US 51.svg U.S. Highway 51
  • US 80.svg U.S. Highway 80
  • Circle sign 18.svg Mississippi Highway 18
  • Circle sign 22.svg Mississippi Highway 22
  • Circle sign 27.svg Mississippi Highway 27
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

Airports

The following public-use airports are located in Hinds County:

  • Hawkins Field (HKS) in Jackson
  • John Bell Williams Airport (JVW) in Raymond

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 8,645
1840 19,098 120.9%
1850 25,340 32.7%
1860 31,339 23.7%
1870 30,488 −2.7%
1880 43,958 44.2%
1890 39,279 −10.6%
1900 52,577 33.9%
1910 63,726 21.2%
1920 57,110 −10.4%
1930 85,118 49.0%
1940 107,273 26.0%
1950 142,164 32.5%
1960 187,045 31.6%
1970 214,973 14.9%
1980 250,998 16.8%
1990 254,441 1.4%
2000 250,800 −1.4%
2010 245,285 −2.2%
Est. 2015 242,891 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 245,285 people residing in the county. 69.1% were Black or African American, 28.4% White, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% of some other race and 0.9% of two or more races. 1.5% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

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