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Mississippi Population

Mississippi (U.S. state abbreviation is 'MS') is the southern state of United States, bordered Alabama to the east, Arkansas and Louisiana to the west, Gulf of Mexico to the south, Tennessee to the north. The Mississippi population in 2020 is estimated to be 2.97 million, ranks 34th populous state in US. Its area is 48,430 sq miles (125,443 sq km), 32nd largest by area rank in United States. The Mississippi state was named after the Mississippi River, Originates from the Ojibwa(Chippewa) Indian word 'misi-ziibi' meaning 'great river'. Mississippi is the state capital and top other mississippi cities are Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg and Biloxi. Mockingbird is the state bird of Mississippi, the popular places of Mississippi are Ship Island, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Hattiesburg Zoo and Natchez Trace Parkway.
Mississippi Population gathering at Mississippi River
Image Source: People gathering at Mississippi River Boating

The population of Mississippi state in 2019 is 2.98 million with change of -0.13% compared to -0.10% in 2018. The MS population started declining from 2014 onwards, registered by US census with -0.06% in 2015 and slightly improved with 0.05% in 2017 and declined to -0.10% in 2018.
YearPopulation% Change
2020*2,979,362-0.11 *
Source : Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018

Mississippi Population by Race & Groups

Stats of Mississippi Population by Race & Ethnic Groups, 58.3% are White Americans, 37.3% are Black Americans, 2.9% are Hispanic/Latino, around 1% are Asians, 0.4% are AIAN.
In Mississippi state 1.2 millions are Black Americans which is the third largest African American population by state race percentage after Virgin Islands and District of Columbia, 1.7 million are whites, AIAN are 13,258 people, 73 are Navajo's, 59 are Chippewa, 770 are Cherokee and 13 are Sioux trible groups.
NHPI are 597 people, out of these 154 are Guamanian/Chamorro's, 163 are Native Hawaiians, 97 are Samoans and 183 are other Pacific Islanders.
Mississippi state Hispanic or Latino population is 88,261, out of these 1,813 are Cubans, 9,136 are Puerto Ricans and 55,790 are Mexicans is the largest.
Total Asian population is 28,859 in Mississippi, out of these 6,180 are Asian Indian, 230 Bangladeshi, 23 Burmese, 4,854 Chinese (except Taiwanese), 91 Taiwanese, 4,227 Filipino, 39 Hmong, 129 Indonesian, 1,211 Japanese, 333 Cambodian, 343 Laotian, 505 Thai, 382 Nepalese, 20 Okinawan, 447 Pakistani, 122 Sri Lankan, 1,984 Korean and 7,056 are Vietnamese.

Total Population2,986,220Percent
Black or African American1,122,57637.59%
American Indian and Alaska Native13,2580.444%
Cherokee tribal grouping7700.026%
Chippewa tribal grouping590.002%
Navajo tribal grouping730.002%
Sioux tribal grouping130.000%
Asian Population28,8590.97%
Asian Indian6,1800.21%
Other Asian Population3,256
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5970.02%
Native Hawaiian1630.005%
Guamanian or Chamorro1540.005%
Other Pacific Islander183
Some other race27,530
Hispanic or Latino88,2612.96%
Puerto Rican9,1360.31%
Other Hispanic or Latino21,522

Source: US Census 2017(Table B03002)

Top Cities of Mississippi


Population Pyramid

Source: 2017 US Census Estimates: Population In Five Year Age-Group

Languages spoken in MS

English is the Official language of MS state, the widely spoken langugage is English with 96% of population spoken at home, followed by 2.4% Spanish, 0.58 European languages and 0.63 Asian languages.
Asian Indian languages include 449 speak Telugu, 160 Tamil, 284 Malayalam, Kannada, or other Dravidian languages, 732 Gujarati, 1,544 Hindi, 467 Urdu, 1,026 Punjabi, 360 Bengali, 1,294 Nepali, Marathi, or other Indic languages.
East and Mid Asia people speak 3,489 Chinese (including Mandarin, Cantonese), 32 Hmong, 903 Japanese, 1,756 Korean, 6,102 Vietnamese, 320 Khmer, 489 Thai, Lao, or other Tai-Kadai languages, 2,968 Tagalog (including Filipino) and 255 speak other languages of Asia.
Middleast language speakers are 2,828 Arabic, 171 Hebrew, 301 Persian (including Farsi, Dari).
African languages include 449 Amharic, Somali, or other Afro-Asiatic languages, 483 Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or other languages of Western Africa, 170 Swahili or other languages of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa.
12 people speak Navajo, 120 Haitian, 3,860 Other Native languages of North America, 310 speak Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or other Austronesian languages.
European language speak are 590 Italian, 718 Portuguese, 2,986 German, 187 Greek, 656 Russian, 326 Polish, 43 Serbo-Croatian, 121 Ukrainian or other Slavic languages, 3,758 French (including Cajun), 676 Yiddish, Pennsylvania Dutch or other West Germanic languages.
Speak only English2,686,12896.09
Spanish Language67,2822.41
European Language16,1770.58
Asian Languages17,5170.63
Other Languages8,2610.30
Source: US Census 2017(Table S1601)


Education statistics of Mississippi state as per table below:

Population 18 to 24 years303818153769150049
Less than high school graduate486212960019021
High school graduate (includes equivalency)878824919438688
Some college or associates degree1487476773081017
Bachelors degree or higher18568724511323
Population 25 years and over19561019241161031985
Less than 9th grade1098856006949816
9th to 12th grade, no diploma215393112298103095
High school graduate (includes equivalency)594140299098295042
Some college, no degree441829203883237946
Associates degree17753668811108725
Bachelors degree259993113834146159
Graduate or professional degree1573256612391202
High school graduate or higher1040010492494547516
Bachelors degree or higher297869139453158416
Black or African679253304904374349
High school graduate or higher529202228014301188
Bachelors degree or higher1009043180469100
American Indian or Alaska Native alone778637814005
High school graduate or higher559727342863
Bachelors degree or higher816424392
High school graduate or higher1612772168911
Bachelors degree or higher781936764143
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander415100315
High school graduate or higher40495309
Bachelors degree or higher88088
Hispanic or Latino Origin469472759919348
High school graduate or higher297691655613213
Bachelors degree or higher643229103522
Source: US Census 2017(Table S1501)


As per 2017 census estimates, the Stastistics of disadvantage people in Mississippi state as per below:

Total civilian non-institutionalized population476197
Black or African American168184
American Indian and Alaska Native alone2894
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander151
Some other race1434
With a hearing difficulty119381
With a vision difficulty100764
With a cognitive difficulty183649
With an ambulatory difficulty276721
With a self-care difficulty101840
With an independent living difficulty179356

Counties of Mississippi

Mississippi state is divided into 82 counties, Hinds is the populous County with 237,085, Harrison County with 206,650, DeSoto County with 182,001, Rankin County with 153,902 and Jackson County with 143,277.

CountyPopulation 2017Population 2018% ChangeRank 2017Rank 2018
Adams County31,33731,192-0.52727
Alcorn County37,20336,925-0.72020
Amite County12,44412,326-0.96464
Attala County18,48218,365-0.65151
Benton County8,2868,271-0.27676
Bolivar County31,89531,333-1.82526
Calhoun County14,52514,436-0.65859
Carroll County10,1179,911-27071
Chickasaw County17,18917,171-0.15454
Choctaw County8,2728,2780.17775
Claiborne County9,0539,002-0.67373
Clarke County15,82315,604-1.45757
Clay County19,65819,386-1.44748
Coahoma County23,18522,628-2.44142
Copiah County28,54828,54303132
Covington County19,04518,853-14949
DeSoto County178,914182,0011.733
Forrest County75,26375,036-0.399
Franklin County7,7797,7880.17878
George County23,97324,2501.23939
Greene County13,53813,5860.46161
Grenada County21,05621,05504545
Hancock County47,02047,3340.71616
Harrison County204,933206,6500.822
Hinds County240,033237,085-1.211
Holmes County17,84917,622-1.35353
Humphreys County8,3498,257-1.17577
Issaquena County1,3411,308-2.58282
Itawamba County23,51223,51704040
Jackson County142,369143,2770.655
Jasper County16,55616,428-0.85555
Jefferson County7,2337,106-1.88079
Jefferson Davis County11,32111,234-0.86666
Jones County68,31268,4610.21010
Kemper County10,11910,027-0.96968
Lafayette County54,23754,79311414
Lamar County61,42662,4471.71111
Lauderdale County76,33075,317-1.388
Lawrence County12,63112,455-1.46262
Leake County22,83222,763-0.34241
Lee County85,03485,2020.277
Leflore County29,32428,919-1.42929
Lincoln County34,32034,205-0.32323
Lowndes County59,18958,930-0.41212
Madison County104,632105,630166
Marion County25,10324,715-1.53838
Marshall County35,63535,451-0.52222
Monroe County35,85235,564-0.82121
Montgomery County10,17510,023-1.56869
Neshoba County29,39329,125-0.92828
Newton County21,42421,4430.14444
Noxubee County10,73210,535-1.86767
Oktibbeha County49,67549,599-0.21515
Panola County34,14134,1780.12424
Pearl River County55,23955,3870.31313
Perry County12,03011,931-0.86565
Pike County39,60239,563-0.11919
Pontotoc County31,64031,8330.62625
Prentiss County25,24125,3150.33737
Quitman County7,2367,051-2.67980
Rankin County152,919153,9020.644
Scott County28,42928,287-0.53433
Sharkey County4,4234,377-18181
Simpson County26,94226,758-0.73535
Smith County16,08116,002-0.55656
Stone County18,62418,7170.55050
Sunflower County26,14625,735-1.63636
Tallahatchie County14,14513,987-1.16060
Tate County28,66028,7590.33030
Tippah County21,94221,9950.24343
Tishomingo County19,57719,454-0.64847
Tunica County10,0029,944-0.67170
Union County28,46628,6060.53331
Walthall County14,52314,465-0.45958
Warren County46,75246,176-1.21717
Washington County46,20245,063-2.51818
Wayne County20,41620,298-0.64646
Webster County9,7579,7880.37272
Wilkinson County8,8588,792-0.77474
Winston County18,24218,165-0.45252
Yalobusha County12,47412,392-0.76363
Yazoo County28,47828,248-0.83234


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