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Raymond, Mississippi
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Location of Raymond, Mississippi
Location of Raymond, Mississippi
Raymond, Mississippi is located in the United States
Raymond, Mississippi
Raymond, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Hinds
 • Total 3.00 sq mi (7.77 km2)
 • Land 3.00 sq mi (7.77 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
322 ft (98 m)
 • Total 1,933
 • Estimate 
 • Density 705.24/sq mi (272.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 601/769
FIPS code 28-61160
GNIS feature ID 0676505
Website City of Raymond

Raymond is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,933. Raymond is one of two county seats of Hinds County (along with Jackson) and is the home of the main campus of Hinds Community College.

Raymond is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.


In 1829, three commissioners, including John B. Peyton, were appointed by U.S. President Andrew Jackson to find a place near the center of Hinds County for the county seat. The current location of Raymond is a ridge about a mile from the center of the county, and was selected because the actual center was low and subject to flooding. The town of Raymond received its charter from the Mississippi legislature on December 15, 1830. Because of its status as a seat of justice and its proximity to the Natchez Trace, Raymond developed quickly into a prosperous small town whose prosperity and small size have continued to this day.

In the late 1840s, Cooper's Well, a property near Raymond with a well that provided sulphured water, was developed into a resort for those seeking the perceived health benefits from its ingestion.

Construction of a new county courthouse was begun at the center of the town square in 1857 and completed in 1859; the work was largely done by enslaved African Americans. The courthouse is still in use as a secondary location of county legal matters (the city of Jackson having become the primary county seat). The Raymond courthouse is considered by many to be a prime example of southern Greek Revival architecture.

The Battle of Raymond was fought by Confederate and Union soldiers near Raymond on May 12, 1863 as part of General Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign during the Civil War. Four days later, the pivotal Battle of Champion Hill was won by Grant's troops and sealed the fate of Vicksburg. Grant stayed at Waverly, the plantation of John B. Peyton, and Union soldiers used St. Mark's Episcopal Church as a hospital. Blood stains can still be seen on the church's floor from that period.

Construction of a water tower was begun in 1903 in the center of the town square. It and the courthouse are landmarks for the town. A small agricultural high school was opened in 1917; it developed as Hinds Community College, which has several sites and the largest student body of any college in the state.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 488
1900 483
1910 579 19.9%
1920 500 −13.6%
1930 547 9.4%
1940 641 17.2%
1950 1,259 96.4%
1960 1,381 9.7%
1970 1,620 17.3%
1980 1,967 21.4%
1990 2,275 15.7%
2000 1,664 −26.9%
2010 1,933 16.2%
2019 (est.) 2,115 9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2020 census

Raymond racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 764 38.98%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,124 57.35%
Native American 2 0.1%
Asian 4 0.2%
Pacific Islander 2 0.1%
Other/Mixed 35 1.79%
Hispanic or Latino 29 1.48%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,960 people, 361 households, and 202 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,933 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 53.3% Black, 43.9% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander and 0.8% from two or more races. 1.2% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.



Hinds Community College has a Raymond campus.

Residents are within the Hinds County School District, and are zoned to Raymond Elementary School, Carver Middle School, and Raymond High School.

Jackson Hinds Library System operates the Raymond Public Library at the Hinds Courthouse annex.

Notable people

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