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Rankin County
Rankin County Courthouse in Brandon
Rankin County Courthouse in Brandon
Map of Mississippi highlighting Rankin 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 February 4, 1828
Named for Christopher Rankin
Seat Brandon
Largest city Pearl
Area
 • Total 806 sq mi (2,090 km2)
 • Land 775 sq mi (2,010 km2)
 • Water 31 sq mi (80 km2)  3.8%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 141,617
 • Estimate 
(2019)
155,271
 • Density 175.70/sq mi (67.84/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

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.

Geography

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.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,083
1840 4,361 109.4%
1850 7,227 65.7%
1860 13,635 88.7%
1870 12,977 −4.8%
1880 16,752 29.1%
1890 17,922 7.0%
1900 20,955 16.9%
1910 23,944 14.3%
1920 20,272 −15.3%
1930 20,353 0.4%
1940 27,934 37.2%
1950 28,881 3.4%
1960 34,322 18.8%
1970 43,933 28.0%
1980 69,427 58.0%
1990 87,161 25.5%
2000 115,327 32.3%
2010 141,617 22.8%
2019 (est.) 170,000 20.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2020 census

Rankin County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 111,990 71.32%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 32,430 20.65%
Native American 255 0.16%
Asian 2,260 1.44%
Pacific Islander 94 0.06%
Other/Mixed 4,935 3.14%
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.

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-20.svg Interstate 20
  • US 80.svg U.S. Highway 80
  • US 49.svg U.S. Highway 49
  • Circle sign 13.svg Mississippi Highway 13
  • Circle sign 18.svg Mississippi Highway 18
  • Circle sign 25.svg Mississippi Highway 25
  • Circle sign 43.svg Mississippi Highway 43
  • Circle sign 471.svg Mississippi Highway 471
  • I-55.svg Interstate 55

Airport

Jackson Evers International Airport is located in unincorporated Rankin County.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Village

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Former communities

  • Cato
  • Comeby
  • Crossgates Farm
  • Dobson
  • Robinhood/Shady Lakes
  • Value
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