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Rankin County Courthouse in Brandon
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 4, 1828|
|Named for||Christopher Rankin|
|• Total||806 sq mi (2,090 km2)|
|• Land||775 sq mi (2,010 km2)|
|• Water||31 sq mi (80 km2) 3.8%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||175.70/sq mi (67.84/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Rankin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The western border of the county is formed by the Pearl River. As of the 2010 census, the population was 141,617, making it the fourth-most populous county in Mississippi. The county seat is Brandon. The county is named in honor of Christopher Rankin, a Mississippi Congressman who served from 1819 to 1826.
Rankin County is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 806 square miles (2,090 km2), of which 775 square miles (2,010 km2) is land and 31 square miles (80 km2) (3.8%) is water.
- Madison County (north)
- Scott County (east)
- Smith County (southeast)
- Simpson County (south)
- Hinds County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||32,430||20.65%|
|Hispanic or Latino||5,067||3.23%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 157,031 people, 57,011 households, and 39,676 families residing in the county.
- Interstate 20
- U.S. Highway 80
- U.S. Highway 49
- Mississippi Highway 13
- Mississippi Highway 18
- Mississippi Highway 25
- Mississippi Highway 43
- Mississippi Highway 471
- Interstate 55
Jackson Evers International Airport is located in unincorporated Rankin County.
- Brandon (county seat)
- Jackson (mostly in Hinds County, also in Madison County)
- Robin Hood
Other unincorporated communities
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