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Rankin County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Rankin County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of USA MS
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1828
Seat Brandon
Largest city Pearl
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

806.09 sq mi (2,088 km²)
774.52 sq mi (2,006 km²)
31.57 sq mi (82 km²), 3.92%
 - (2010)
 - Density

148/sq mi (57/km²)

Rankin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is named in honor of Christopher Rankin, a Mississippi congressman who served from 1819 to 1826. As of 2010, the population was 141,617. The county seat is Brandon[1]. It is part of the Jackson, Mississippi, Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 806.09 square miles (2,087.8 km2), of which 774.52 square miles (2,006.0 km2) (or 96.08%) is land and 31.57 square miles (81.8 km2) (or 3.92%) is water.[2]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
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%
MS Counties 1900-1990
GeoHive - 2000 & 2010 statistics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 115,327 people, 42,089 households, and 31,145 families residing in the county. The population density was 149 people per square mile (57/km²). There were 45,070 housing units at an average density of 58 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.03% White, 17.12% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 42,089 households out of which 36.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,946, and the median income for a family was $51,707. Males had a median income of $36,097 versus $26,096 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,412. About 7.30% of families and 9.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.

Rankin County has the third highest per capita income in the state of Mississippi.


Jackson Evers International Airport is located in unincorporated Rankin County.


The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) operates the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF), which is located in unincorporated Rankin County.[4][5] CMCF houses the state's female death row inmates.[4] MDOC also operates the Brandon Probation and Parole Office in Brandon.[6]

The Mississippi State Hospital of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health is in Whitfield in unincorporated Rankin County.[7][8] It occupies the former Rankin Farm prison grounds.[9] In 1935, the Mississippi State Insane Asylum moved from a complex of 19th century buildings in northern Jackson to its current location.[10]

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality operates the Central Regional Office and the MDEQ Laboratory in unincorporated Rankin County.[11][12]

In 2007 the Mississippi Highway Patrol opened a driver's license facility across the highway from the prison.[13]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "State Prisons." Mississippi Department of Corrections. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "MDOC QUICK REFERENCE." Mississippi Department of Corrections. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  6. ^ "Rankin County." Mississippi Department of Corrections. Retrieved on September 15, 2010.
  7. ^ "Whitfield Campus Map." Mississippi State Hospital. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  8. ^ "Driving Directions to MSH." Mississippi State Hospital. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  9. ^ Sixteenth Census of the United States: 1940: Population. Bureau of the Census, 1941. 572. Retrieved on Google Books on August 12, 2011.
  10. ^ Cole, Hunter. The Legs Murder Scandal. University Press of Mississippi. 331. Retrieved from Google Books on October 31, 2010. ISBN 1604737220, 9781604737226
  11. ^ "Central Regional Office." Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Retrieved on September 21, 2010.
  12. ^ "Locations and Driving Directions to MDEQ Offices." Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Retrieved on September 21, 2010.
  13. ^ "New Driver's License Facility Opens In Pearl." WAPT-TV. April 23, 2007. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.

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Coordinates: 32°16′N 89°57′W / 32.26, -89.95

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