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The 2000 Census showed that Harrison County had a population of 189,601 people. This represented 6.67% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 2nd most populous county (out of 82 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Harrison had a population of 181,191 people. This is a decrease of 4.44% since the 2000 Census.

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
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%+2.54% since 2006
2006171,890-9.34%-12.23% since 2005
2005195,843+3.29%+0.63% since 2004
2004194,621+2.65%+1.89% since 2003
2003191,012+0.74%-0.18% since 2002
2002191,366+0.93%+0.58% since 2001
2001190,270+0.35%+0.35% since 2000
2000189,601The Last Census

Harrison County had 79,636 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Harrison County has a total area<3> of 976 square miles [2,528 km²]. Of this total, 580 square miles [1,504 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (40.48%) being water (395.2 square miles [1,023 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Harrison County had a population density of 326.3 people per square mile [126 people/km²], making it the most densely populated county in Mississippi.

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Harrison County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Harrison and the state of Mississippi.

Click here for the Harrison County QuickFact (QF-28047).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Harrison County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Long BeachQF-284168012,24517,320-29.3%
Pass ChristianQF-28554004,0736,579-38.09%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
HancockQF-28045   W40,96242,967-4.67%
JacksonQF-28059   E132,922131,4201.14%
StoneQF-28131   N16,61913,62222%

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Footnotes ...

<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>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).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Harrison. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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