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The 2000 Census showed that Rankin County had a population of 115,327 people. This represented 4.05% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 4th most populous county (out of 82 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Rankin had a population of 143,124 people. This is an increase of 24.1% 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
2010141,617+22.8%-1.05% since 2009
2009143,124+24.1%+1.52% since 2008
2008140,982+22.25%+1.98% since 2007
2007138,249+19.88%+2.13% since 2006
2006135,365+17.37%+3.04% since 2005
2005131,367+13.91%+2.61% since 2004
2004128,027+11.01%+2.94% since 2003
2003124,368+7.84%+2.5% since 2002
2002121,329+5.2%+2% since 2001
2001118,950+3.14%+3.14% since 2000
2000115,327The Last Census

Rankin County had 45,070 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Rankin County has a total area<3> of 806 square miles [2,087 km²]. Of this total, 774 square miles [2,005 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (3.92%) being water (31.57 square miles [81.8 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Rankin County had a population density of 148.9 people per square mile [57.5 people/km²], making it the state's 7th most densely populated county (out of 82 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

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

Click here for the Rankin County QuickFact (QF-28121).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CopiahQF-28029   SW29,09428,7571.17%
HindsQF-28049   W247,631250,800-1.26%
MadisonQF-28089   N93,09774,67424.67%
ScottQF-28123   E29,34128,4233.23%
SimpsonQF-28127   S27,92027,6391.02%
SmithQF-28129   SE15,82616,182-2.2%

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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 Rankin. 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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