List of counties in Mississippi

There are 82 counties in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Mississippi is tied with Arkansas for the most counties with two county seats, at 10.

Counties of Mississippi
LocationState of Mississippi
Number82
PopulationsGreatest: 222,679 (Hinds)
Least: 1,280 (Issaquena)
Average: 35,975 (2021)
AreasLargest: 920 square miles (2,400 km2) (Yazoo)
Smallest: 400 square miles (1,000 km2) (Alcorn)
Average: 591 square miles (1,530 km2)
Government
Subdivisions

Mississippi's postal abbreviation is MS and its FIPS state code is 28.

ListEdit

County
FIPS code[1] County seat[2] Smithsonian Trinomial
[3]
Est.[4] Origin Etymology Population[5] Area[4] Map
Adams County 001 Natchez AD 1799 One of two original counties John Adams, second U.S. President 28,742 460 sq mi
(1,191 km2)
 
Alcorn County 003 Corinth AL 1870 Formed from Tippiah and Tishomingo Counties James L. Alcorn, Reconstruction-era U.S. Senator from Mississippi 34,349 400 sq mi
(1,036 km2)
 
Amite County 005 Liberty AM 1809 Formed from Wilkinson County Amite River 12,637 730 sq mi
(1,891 km2)
 
Attala County 007 Kosciusko AT 1833 Formed from Madison County A fictional Native American heroine from an early 19th-century novel by François-René de Chateaubriand. 17,742 735 sq mi
(1,904 km2)
 
Benton County 009 Ashland BE 1870 Formed from Marshall and Tippah Counties Thomas Hart Benton, U.S. Senator from Missouri and prominent westward expansion advocate 7,646 407 sq mi
(1,054 km2)
 
Bolivar County 011 Cleveland,
Rosedale
BO 1836 Formed from Tallahatchie and Washington Counties Simon Bolivar, South American democratic revolutionary 30,308 876 sq mi
(2,269 km2)
 
Calhoun County 013 Pittsboro CN 1852 Formed from Chickasaw, Lafayette and Yalobusha Counties John C. Calhoun, U.S. Senator from South Carolina and prominent supporter of states' rights 13,018 587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
 
Carroll County 015 Carrollton CA 1833 Formed from Lowndes, Monroe, Washington and Yazoo Counties Charles Carroll, last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence 9,879 628 sq mi
(1,627 km2)
 
Chickasaw County 017 Houston,
Okolona
CS 1836 Formed from Monroe County and Un-Organized Chickasaw Native Americans 17,011 502 sq mi
(1,300 km2)
 
Choctaw County 019 Ackerman CH 1833 Formed from Lowndes, Madison, Monroe and Yazoo Counties Choctaw Native Americans 8,106 419 sq mi
(1,085 km2)
 
Claiborne County 021 Port Gibson CB 1802 Formed from Jefferson (Pickering) County William C. C. Claiborne, Governor of the Mississippi Territory 8,908 487 sq mi
(1,261 km2)
 
Clarke County 023 Quitman CK 1833 Formed from Wayne County Joshua G. Clark, the first elected judge following admittance to the Union 15,421 691 sq mi
(1,790 km2)
 
Clay County 025 West Point CL 1871 Formed from Chickasaw, Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha Counties (formerly (Colfax County) Henry Clay, U.S. Senator from Kentucky and giant of 19th century politics 18,535 409 sq mi
(1,059 km2)
 
Coahoma County 027 Clarksdale CO 1836 Formed from Un-Organized derives from Choctaw word meaning "red panther"[6] 20,810 554 sq mi
(1,435 km2)
 
Copiah County 029 Hazlehurst CP 1823 Formed from Franklin and Hinds Counties derives from Choctaw word meaning "calling panther"[6] 27,995 777 sq mi
(2,012 km2)
 
Covington County 031 Collins CV 1819 Formed from Lawrence and Wayne Counties Leonard Covington, War of 1812 general 18,279 414 sq mi
(1,072 km2)
 
DeSoto County 033 Hernando DS 1836 Formed from Monroe and Washington Counties Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer of the Americas 188,633 478 sq mi
(1,238 km2)
 
Forrest County 035 Hattiesburg FO 1906 Formed from Perry County Nathan B. Forrest, Confederate general 77,875 467 sq mi
(1,210 km2)
 
Franklin County 037 Meadville FR 1809 Formed from Adams County Benjamin Franklin, writer, orator, publisher, and U.S. founding father 7,676 565 sq mi
(1,463 km2)
 
George County 039 Lucedale GE 1910 Formed from Greene and Jackson Counties James Z. George, U.S. Senator from Mississippi 24,762 478 sq mi
(1,238 km2)
 
Greene County 041 Leakesville GN 1811 Formed from Wayne County Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary War general 13,630 713 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
 
Grenada County 043 Grenada GR 1870 Formed from Carroll, Choctaw, Tallahatchie and Yalobusha Counties Spanish province of Granada (spelling variation) 21,365 422 sq mi
(1,093 km2)
 
Hancock County 045 Bay St. Louis HA 1812 Formed from Un-Organized John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence 46,055 477 sq mi
(1,235 km2)
 
Harrison County 047 Gulfport,
Biloxi
HR 1841 Formed from Hancock County William Henry Harrison, ninth U.S. President 209,396 581 sq mi
(1,505 km2)
 
Hinds County 049 Jackson,
Raymond
HI 1821 Formed from Un-Organized (Choctaw Cession of 1820) Thomas Hinds, War of 1812 general 222,679 869 sq mi
(2,251 km2)
 
Holmes County 051 Lexington HO 1833 Formed from Yazoo County David Holmes, first Governor of Mississippi 16,496 756 sq mi
(1,958 km2)
 
Humphreys County 053 Belzoni HU 1918 Formed from Holmes, Sunflower, Washington and Yazoo Counties Benjamin G. Humphreys, Reconstruction-era Governor of Mississippi 7,551 418 sq mi
(1,083 km2)
 
Issaquena County 055 Mayersville IS 1844 Formed from Washington County Choctaw word meaning "Deer River"[6] 1,280 413 sq mi
(1,070 km2)
 
Itawamba County 057 Fulton IT 1836 Formed from Monroe County Itawamba, Chickasaw chief 23,838 532 sq mi
(1,378 km2)
 
Jackson County 059 Pascagoula JA 1812 Formed from Un-Organized Andrew Jackson, War of 1812 hero and seventh U.S. President 143,987 727 sq mi
(1,883 km2)
 
Jasper County 061 Bay Springs,
Paulding
JS 1833 Formed from Jones and Wayne Counties William Jasper, Revolutionary War sergeant 16,291 676 sq mi
(1,751 km2)
 
Jefferson County 063 Fayette JE 1799 One of two original Counties (formerly Pickering) Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President and principal author of the Declaration of Independence 7,205 519 sq mi
(1,344 km2)
 
Jefferson Davis County 065 Prentiss JD 1906 Formed from Covington and Lawrence Counties Jefferson Davis, C.S. President 11,134 408 sq mi
(1,057 km2)
 
Jones County 067 Laurel,
Ellisville
JO 1826 Formed from Covington and Wayne Counties (formerly Davis (1865-1869 (Civil War)) John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval captain 66,744 694 sq mi
(1,797 km2)
 
Kemper County 069 De Kalb KE 1833 Formed from Lowndes, Rankin and Wayne Counties Reuben Kemper, American pioneer and revolutionary in Spanish Florida 8,829 766 sq mi
(1,984 km2)
 
Lafayette County 071 Oxford LA 1836 Formed from Monroe County Marquis de la Fayette, French-born Revolutionary War general 56,884 631 sq mi
(1,634 km2)
 
Lamar County 073 Purvis LM 1904 Formed from Marion and Pearl River Counties Lucius Q. C. Lamar, U.S. Senator from Mississippi and United States Secretary of the Interior 65,353 497 sq mi
(1,287 km2)
 
Lauderdale County 075 Meridian LD 1833 Formed from Rankin and Wayne Counties James Lauderdale, War of 1812 colonel 72,088 704 sq mi
(1,823 km2)
 
Lawrence County 077 Monticello LW 1814 Formed from Marion County James Lawrence, War of 1812 naval captain 11,812 431 sq mi
(1,116 km2)
 
Leake County 079 Carthage LK 1833 Formed from Madison and Rankin Counties Walter Leake, Governor of Mississippi 21,196 583 sq mi
(1,510 km2)
 
Lee County 081 Tupelo LE 1866 Formed from Itawamba and Pontotoc Counties Robert E. Lee, General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States 82,883 450 sq mi
(1,165 km2)
 
Leflore County 083 Greenwood LF 1871 Formed from Carroll and Sunflower Counties Greenwood LeFlore, mixed-race advocate of citizenship for Native Americans and state senator 27,557 592 sq mi
(1,533 km2)
 
Lincoln County 085 Brookhaven LI 1870 Formed from Amite, Copiah, Franklin, Lawrence and Pike Counties Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth U.S. President 34,943 586 sq mi
(1,518 km2)
 
Lowndes County 087 Columbus LO 1830 Formed from Monroe County and Un-Organized William Jones Lowndes, U.S. Representative from South Carolina 58,150 502 sq mi
(1,300 km2)
 
Madison County 089 Canton MD 1828 Formed from Yazoo County James Madison, fourth U.S. President 109,813 719 sq mi
(1,862 km2)
 
Marion County 091 Columbia MA 1811 Formed from Amite, Franklin and Wayne Counties Francis Marion, Revolutionary War general 24,378 542 sq mi
(1,404 km2)
 
Marshall County 093 Holly Springs MR 1836 Formed from Monroe County John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States who shaped the Supreme Court's power 33,725 706 sq mi
(1,829 km2)
 
Monroe County 095 Aberdeen MO 1821 Formed from Un-Organized (Chickasaw Cession of 1816) James Monroe, fifth U.S. President 33,883 764 sq mi
(1,979 km2)
 
Montgomery County 097 Winona MT 1871 Formed from Carroll and Choctaw Counties Richard Montgomery, Revolutionary War general 9,729 407 sq mi
(1,054 km2)
 
Neshoba County 099 Philadelphia NE 1833 Formed from Jones, Madison, Rankin and Wayne Counties Choctaw word for "gray wolf"[6] 28,993 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
 
Newton County 101 Decatur NW 1836 Formed from Neshoba County Isaac Newton, English scientist 21,056 578 sq mi
(1,497 km2)
 
Noxubee County 103 Macon NO 1833 Formed from Lowndes and Rankin Counties Choctaw for "stinking water" 10,123 695 sq mi
(1,800 km2)
 
Oktibbeha County 105 Starkville OK 1833 Formed from Lowndes County Choctaw word for "bloody water" 51,842 458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
 
Panola County 107 Batesville,
Sardis
PA 1836 Formed from Monroe and Washington Counties Choctaw for "cotton" 32,851 684 sq mi
(1,772 km2)
 
Pearl River County 109 Poplarville PR 1890 Formed from Hancock and Marion Counties Pearl River 56,503 812 sq mi
(2,103 km2)
 
Perry County 111 New Augusta PE 1820 Formed from Greene County Oliver Hazard Perry, War of 1812 naval captain 11,571 647 sq mi
(1,676 km2)
 
Pike County 113 Magnolia PI 1815 Formed from Marion County Zebulon Pike, western explorer 39,973 409 sq mi
(1,059 km2)
 
Pontotoc County 115 Pontotoc PO 1836 Formed from Monroe County Chickasaw for "land of hanging grapes" 31,445 497 sq mi
(1,287 km2)
 
Prentiss County 117 Booneville PS 1870 Formed from Itawamba and Tishomingo Counties Seargent Smith Prentiss, U.S. Representative from Mississippi 24,996 415 sq mi
(1,075 km2)
 
Quitman County 119 Marks QU 1877 Formed from Coahoma, Panola, Tallahatchie and Tunica Counties John A. Quitman, Governor of Mississippi 5,935 405 sq mi
(1,049 km2)
 
Rankin County 121 Brandon RA 1828 Formed from Hinds County Christopher Rankin, U.S. Representative from Mississippi 158,096 775 sq mi
(2,007 km2)
 
Scott County 123 Forest SC 1833 Formed from Covington, Jones and Rankin Counties Abram M. Scott, Governor of Mississippi 27,598 609 sq mi
(1,577 km2)
 
Sharkey County 125 Rolling Fork SH 1876 Formed from Issaquena, Warren and Washington Counties William L. Sharkey, Mississippi Supreme Court justice 3,663 428 sq mi
(1,109 km2)
 
Simpson County 127 Mendenhall SI 1824 Formed from Copiah County Josiah Simpson, first federal judge appointed in the state 25,750 589 sq mi
(1,526 km2)
 
Smith County 129 Raleigh SM 1833 Formed from Covington, Jones and Rankin Counties David Smith, Revolutionary War major 14,191 636 sq mi
(1,647 km2)
 
Stone County 131 Wiggins ST 1916 Formed from Harrison County John M. Stone, Governor of Mississippi 18,644 445 sq mi
(1,153 km2)
 
Sunflower County 133 Indianola SU 1844 Formed from Bolivar County Sunflower River 25,402 694 sq mi
(1,797 km2)
 
Tallahatchie County 135 Charleston,
Sumner
TL 1833 Formed from Washington and Yazoo Counties Tallahatchie River 12,366 644 sq mi
(1,668 km2)
 
Tate County 137 Senatobia TA 1873 Formed from DeSoto and Marshall Counties Thomas Simpson Tate, the county's original settler 28,234 404 sq mi
(1,046 km2)
 
Tippah County 139 Ripley TI 1836 Formed from Monroe County Chickasaw word for "cut off" 21,635 458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
 
Tishomingo County 141 Iuka TS 1836 Formed from Monroe County Chief Tishomingo, Chickasaw leader 18,750 424 sq mi
(1,098 km2)
 
Tunica County 143 Tunica TU 1836 Formed from Washington County and Un-Organized Tunica Native Americans 9,696 455 sq mi
(1,178 km2)
 
Union County 145 New Albany UN 1870 Formed from Lee, Pontotoc and Tippah Counties Reunion of Confederacy with the United States 27,953 416 sq mi
(1,077 km2)
 
Walthall County 147 Tylertown WL 1912 Formed from Marion and Pike Counties Edward Walthall, U.S. Senator from Mississippi 13,836 404 sq mi
(1,046 km2)
 
Warren County 149 Vicksburg WR 1809 Formed from Claiborne County Joseph Warren, Revolutionary War general 43,579 587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
 
Washington County 151 Greenville WS 1827 Formed from Warren and Yazoo Counties George Washington, first U.S. President 43,687 724 sq mi
(1,875 km2)
 
Wayne County 153 Waynesboro WA 1809 Formed from Washington County (AL) Anthony Wayne, Revolutionary War general 19,709 810 sq mi
(2,098 km2)
 
Webster County 155 Walthall WE 1874 Formed from Chickasaw, Choctaw and Montegomery Counties (formerly Sumner County) Daniel Webster, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and giant of Nineteenth Century politics 9,983 423 sq mi
(1,096 km2)
 
Wilkinson County 157 Woodville WK 1802 Formed from Adams County James Wilkinson, Revolutionary War general 8,315 677 sq mi
(1,753 km2)
 
Winston County 159 Louisville WI 1833 Formed from Lowndes, Rankin, and Wayne Counties Louis Winston, Mississippi Supreme Court justice 17,596 607 sq mi
(1,572 km2)
 
Yalobusha County 161 Water Valley,
Coffeeville
YA 1833 Formed from Monroe, Washington and Yazoo Counties Native American for "tadpole place" 12,415 467 sq mi
(1,210 km2)
 
Yazoo County 163 Yazoo City YZ 1823 Formed from Hinds County Yazoo Native Americans 26,373 920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA.gov. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
  2. ^ Bureau of the Census, USA. "GeoHive - USA, Mississippi state population statistics". Archived from the original on April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Mississippi Department of Archives and History.[full citation needed]
  4. ^ a b National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved April 30, 2008.
  5. ^ Bureau of the Census, U.S.A. "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Mississippi". Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d Baca, Keith A. (2007). Native American Place Names in Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-60473-483-6.