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

The community of Hernando is the Seat for DeSoto County.

DeSoto County was founded in 1836. DeSoto was created by taking area from Monroe and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> DeSoto had a population of 158,719 people. This is an increase of 48.06% since the last Census (which gave a population of 107,199 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, DeSoto represented 3.77% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 5th 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.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010161,252+50.42%+1.6% since 2009
2009158,719+48.06%+2.3% since 2008
2008155,156+44.74%+3.65% since 2007
2000107,199The Last Census

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


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

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Southaven   45,39528,97756.7% increase  
Olive Branch   32,53121,05454.5% increase  
Horn Lake   25,11314,09978.1% increase  
Hernando   12,7716,81287.5% increase  

Websites for DeSoto County

Official Website:   www.desotoms.com/

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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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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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