Desoto County News

County growth chronicled in Census totals

This week’s population figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau provide some more information about the makeup of DeSoto County and the state of Mississippi.  

DeSoto County is the third-largest county in Mississippi, according to the Census Bureau, at 185,314 people. That makes it larger than all of the other counties in the state, except for Hinds County (227,742) and Harrison County (208,621). 

At the same time, DeSoto County’s population density is the highest of any county in the state at 389.0 people per square mile. Harrison County’s population density is 363.7 people per square mile and Hinds County is at 261.8 per square mile.

Southaven’s population on April 1, 2020 is 54,648, a 13.9 percent increase from 2010 to the 2019 estimates. The city’s demographic is 65.9 Caucasian, 27.9 percent African-American, and the city has a Latino or Hispanic population of 5.4 percent. In 2010, Southaven’s population was recorded at 48,979.  

The Olive Branch population on April 1, 2020 is 39,711, a growth of almost 6,300 from the 2010 population of 33,484. The city’s demographic includes 62.2 percent Caucasian and 30.4 percent African-American, and 5.3 percent Latino or Hispanic.  

In Horn Lake, the 2020 population on April 1, 2020 is 26,736, or an increase of 4.6 percent from 2010 to the 2019 estimates. Demographically, Horn Lake is 48.2 percent Caucasian and 45.0 African-American. Horn Lake also has a Latino or Hispanic population amounting to 7.3 percent of its total.  In 2010, Horn Lake’s population was just over 26,000.  

At 17,138 on April 1, 2020, Hernando remains the smallest of the four DeSoto County cities, however the city saw the largest percentage growth at 16.8 percent additional from 2010 to the 2019 estimates. Hernando is made up of 82.8 percent Caucasian and 13.4 percent African-American and has a Latino population amounting to 3.5 percent of the total.  

As a state, Mississippi’s population stands at 2,961,279, as of the 2020 Census, a drop of 6,018 people or 0.2 percent from the 2010 count.  

You can learn more about the latest population figures when you visit the U.S. Census Bureau website

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