County remains fastest-growing in Mississippi

DeSoto County remains the fastest-growing county in Mississippi, according to a new report released this week.  

The report from Stacker lists the county number one for growth by number among the state’s 82 counties.  

The 2010-2019 population in DeSoto County grew by 24,260, according to the report. The percentage growth of 15.7 percent was number three among Magnolia State counties and 182 among all counties/parishes in the country.  

The county’s population in 2019 was set at 178,975, making it the third-largest county in Mississippi and 365 among all counties nationwide. 

Harrison County on the Gulf Coast was the second-fastest growing Mississippi county, growing by 22,711 people.  Rankin County was third with 14,154 more people, Madison and Lamar counties rounded out the top five.  

Tate County was ranked 18th on the list, the only other area county ranked in the top 30.  

The country as a whole grew by just .48 percent, the slowest growth in 100 years. Declining births, increasing deaths among the Baby Boomer segment of the population, and stiffer immigration crackdowns can be the reason for the slow growth.  

Stacker used data from the U.S. Census Bureau is determining its rankings.  According to its website, Stacker was founded in 2017 and “combines data analysis with rich editorial context, drawing on authoritative sources and subject matter experts to drive storytelling.”

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