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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Brandon a population of 24,273 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Brandon a population of 21,705 people.

The city of Brandon is located in Rankin County. The 2010 Census gave Rankin County; a population of 141,617 people. This means that Brandon had 15.33% of the county's total population, making it Rankin's 2nd most populous community.

At the same time, Mississippi had a population of 2,967,297 people, meaning that Brandon had 0.73% of the total population of Mississippi - making it the state's 19th most populous community.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Brandon has a total area of 26 square miles [67.4 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.09 square miles [0.2 km²]).

Rankin County has a land area of 775 square miles [2,008.5 km²]. At 25.91 square miles [67.1 km²], Brandon has 3.34% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Brandon, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.
    • Things like population, area and housing for Brandon reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Brandon might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
    • Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:
    • Lat:   32° 16' 40"   (or 32.28°)
    • Lon:   -89° 59' 28"   (or -89.99°)
    • More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Brandon had 8,943 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 21,705 people, this averages 2.43 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Brandon had a land area of 25.91 square miles [67.1 km²]. This translates to 343.9 Housing Units per square mile [132.8 housing units/km²].
    • From the Census of 2000: Brandon had 6,540 Housing Units, a population of 16,436 people and a land area of 21.26 square miles [55.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.51 people per Housing Unit and 306.5 Housing Units per square mile [118.3 housing units/km²].
    • Note: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Brandon and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Rankin County ...

The community of Brandon is located in Rankin County<4> and is the County Seat for Rankin County.

The county had a population of 141,617 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 21,705 people, Brandon represented 15.33% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Brandon has a population density of 834 people per square mile [322.3 people/km²], Rankin County averages 182.6 people per square mile [70.5 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Rankin County.

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Brandon, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Brandon. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.

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    • Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Brandon or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
    • If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Brandon, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Brandon.

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   32.278026°   (or 32°16'40" N)
    • Lon:   -89.991146°   (or -89°59'28" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   32.280330°   (or 32°16'49" N)
    • Lon:   -89.998470°   (or -89°59'54" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,408 feet to the east<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.
    • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2403914) to Brandon. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Brandon. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   32.273576°   (or 32°16'24" N)
    • Lon:   -89.992004°   (or -89°59'31" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,643 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Brandon. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Brandon.

Miscellaneous Information for Brandon ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Rankin County or the city of Brandon:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Brandon:
    • GNIS ID for Brandon: 2403914
    • GNIS ID for Rankin County: 695781
    • GNIS ID for State of Mississippi: 1779790
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Brandon is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Brandon.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Brandon. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Rankin County:

The official website for State of Mississippi:

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2019.
<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.
<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).
<4>If you're interested in how the shape of Mississippi's counties, including Rankin, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 249 degrees and a distance of 2,408 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 350 degrees and a distance of 1,643 feet.


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