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Time Zone: Harrison County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Gulfport is the Seat for Harrison County.

Harrison County was founded in 1841 and was created by taking area from HancockCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Harrison had a population of 181,191 people. This is a decrease of 4.44% since the last Census (which gave a population of 189,601 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Harrison represented 6.67% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 2nd most populous county (out of 82 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010187,105-1.32%+3.26% since 2009
2009181,191-4.44%+1.04% since 2008
2008179,322-5.42%+1.74% since 2007
2007176,257-7.04% 
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2000189,601The Last Census

More information can be found on the Harrison County Census Page for Harrison County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Harrison County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Harrison County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Gulfport   70,79471,1270.47% decrease  
Biloxi   45,76650,6449.63% decrease  
Long Beach   12,24517,32029.3% decrease  
D'Iberville   8,9547,60817.69% increase  
Pass Christian   4,0736,57938.09% decrease  

Websites for Harrison County

Official Website:   www.co.harrison.ms.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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