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Harrison County, Mississippi
Seal of Harrison County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Harrison County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the U.S. highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1841
Seat Biloxi and Gulfport
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

976.15 sq mi (2,528 km²)
580.98 sq mi (1,505 km²)
395.17 sq mi (1,023 km²), 40.48%
 - (2010)
 - Density

326/sq mi (126/km²)

Harrison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 187,105. Its county seats are Biloxi and Gulfport. Harrison County is named for U.S. President William Henry Harrison.

Harrison County is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi, Mississippi, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The county was severely damaged from both Hurricane Camille in August 1969 and Hurricane Katrina on August 28-29, 2005, causing catastrophic effects.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 976.15 square miles (2,528.2 km2), of which 580.98 square miles (1,504.7 km2) (or 59.52%) is land and 395.17 square miles (1,023.5 km2) (or 40.48%) is water.[1]

Major highways[]

  • I-10.svg Interstate 10
  • I-110.svg Interstate 110
  • US 49.svg U.S. Highway 49
  • US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90
  • Circle sign 15.svg Mississippi Highway 15
  • Circle sign 53.svg Mississippi Highway 53
  • Circle sign 67.svg Mississippi Highway 67
  • Circle sign 605.svg Mississippi Highway 605

Adjacent counties[]

National protected areas[]

  • De Soto National Forest (part)
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore (part)


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 4,875
1860 4,819 −1.1%
1870 5,795 20.3%
1880 7,895 36.2%
1890 12,481 58.1%
1900 21,002 68.3%
1910 34,658 65.0%
1920 32,855 −5.2%
1930 44,143 34.4%
1940 50,799 15.1%
1950 84,073 65.5%
1960 119,489 42.1%
1970 134,582 12.6%
1980 157,665 17.2%
1990 165,365 4.9%
2000 189,601 14.7%
2010 187,105 −1.3%
MS Counties 1900-1990
GeoHive - 2000 & 2010 statistics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 189,601 people, 71,538 households, and 48,574 families residing in the county. The population density was 326 people per square mile (126/km²). There were 79,636 housing units at an average density of 137 per square mile (53/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.15% White, 21.09% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 2.60% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. 2.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 71,538 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.10% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.55 and the average family size is 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,624, and the median income for a family was $41,445. Males had a median income of $29,867 versus $22,030 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,024. 14.60% of the population and 11.60% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.70% of those under the age of 18 and 11.30% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Harrison County has the sixth highest per capita income in the State of Mississippi.


Water from the Tchoutacabouffa River overflowing its banks near the intersection of Old Hwy 67 and MS 15 on September 29, 1998, after Hurricane Georges made landfall.

  • Census-designated places
    • Lyman
    • Saucier
  • Unincorporated places
    • Cuevas
    • De Lisle
    • Howison
    • Lizana
    • Woolmarket

Corrections system[]

Harrison County has received coverage on CNN and other media regarding the beatings of inmates, and the death of inmate Jessie Lee Williams Jr., who died while in custody on Feb. 4, 2006, which have occurred in the Harrison County Jail in Gulfport, Mississippi.[1] In 2006 and 2007, six Harrison County Sheriff's Department deputies pled guilty to crimes related to the abuse of inmates at the jail.[2] Melvin Brisolara-R, is the current Sheriff elected in 2008, for Harrison County.


A single pond in Harrison County is the only known habitat of the critically endangered dusky gopher frog.[3]

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Harrison County, Mississippi


Further reading[]

  • Burt, D.E. and H.L. Welch. (2007). Quality of water in selected wells, Harrison County, Mississippi, 1997-2005 [U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1287]. Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

External links[]

Coordinates: 30°25′N 89°05′W / 30.42, -89.09

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