Counties of Mississippi
LocationState of Mississippi
PopulationsGreatest: 217,730 (Hinds)
Least: 1,273 (Issaquena)
Average: 35,854 (2022)
AreasLargest: 920 square miles (2,400 km2) (Yazoo)
Smallest: 400 square miles (1,000 km2) (Alcorn)
Average: 591 square miles (1,530 km2)

There are 82 counties in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Mississippi is tied with Arkansas for the most counties with two county seats, at 10.

Mississippi's postal abbreviation is MS and its FIPS state code is 28.


FIPS code[1] County seat[2] Smithsonian Trinomial
Est.[4] Origin Etymology Population[5] Area[4] Map
Adams County 001 Natchez AD 1799 One of two original counties John Adams, second U.S. President 28,408 460 sq mi
(1,191 km2)
State map highlighting Adams County
Alcorn County 003 Corinth AL 1870 Formed from Tippiah and Tishomingo Counties James L. Alcorn, Reconstruction-era U.S. Senator from Mississippi 34,204 400 sq mi
(1,036 km2)
State map highlighting Alcorn County
Amite County 005 Liberty AM 1809 Formed from Wilkinson County Amite River 12,619 730 sq mi
(1,891 km2)
State map highlighting Amite County
Attala County 007 Kosciusko AT 1833 Formed from Madison County A fictional Native American heroine from the early 19th-century novel Atala by François-René de Chateaubriand. 17,509 735 sq mi
(1,904 km2)
State map highlighting Attala County
Benton County 009 Ashland BE 1870 Formed from Marshall and Tippah Counties Samuel Benton, Brigadier General of the Confederate States Army's 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, mustered from the same counties from which Benton County was formed in 1870 7,550 407 sq mi
(1,054 km2)
State map highlighting Benton County
Bolivar County 011 Cleveland,
BO 1836 Formed from Tallahatchie and Washington Counties Simon Bolivar, South American democratic revolutionary 29,370 876 sq mi
(2,269 km2)
State map highlighting Bolivar County
Calhoun County 013 Pittsboro CN 1852 Formed from Chickasaw, Lafayette and Yalobusha Counties John C. Calhoun, U.S. Senator from South Carolina and prominent supporter of states' rights 12,781 587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
State map highlighting Calhoun County
Carroll County 015 Carrollton,
CA 1833 Formed from Lowndes, Monroe, Washington and Yazoo Counties Charles Carroll, last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence 9,731 628 sq mi
(1,627 km2)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Chickasaw County 017 Houston,
CS 1836 Formed from Monroe County and Unorganized Chickasaw Native Americans 16,812 502 sq mi
(1,300 km2)
State map highlighting Chickasaw County
Choctaw County 019 Ackerman CH 1833 Formed from Lowndes, Madison, Monroe and Yazoo Counties Choctaw Native Americans 8,037 419 sq mi
(1,085 km2)
State map highlighting Choctaw County
Claiborne County 021 Port Gibson CB 1802 Formed from Jefferson (Pickering) County William C. C. Claiborne, Governor of the Mississippi Territory 8,805 487 sq mi
(1,261 km2)
State map highlighting Claiborne County
Clarke County 023 Quitman CK 1833 Formed from Wayne County Joshua G. Clarke, the first chancellor of the Mississippi Chancery Courts 15,271 691 sq mi
(1,790 km2)
State map highlighting Clarke County
Clay County 025 West Point CL 1871 Formed from Chickasaw, Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha Counties (formerly (Colfax County) Henry Clay, U.S. Senator from Kentucky and giant of 19th century politics 18,380 409 sq mi
(1,059 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Coahoma County 027 Clarksdale CO 1836 Formed from Unorganized derives from Choctaw word meaning "red panther"[6] 20,197 554 sq mi
(1,435 km2)
State map highlighting Coahoma County
Copiah County 029 Hazlehurst CP 1823 Formed from Franklin and Hinds Counties derives from Choctaw word meaning "calling panther"[6] 27,719 777 sq mi
(2,012 km2)
State map highlighting Copiah County
Covington County 031 Collins CV 1819 Formed from Lawrence and Wayne Counties Leonard Covington, War of 1812 general 18,098 414 sq mi
(1,072 km2)
State map highlighting Covington County
DeSoto County 033 Hernando DS 1836 Formed from Monroe and Washington Counties Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer of the Americas 191,723 478 sq mi
(1,238 km2)
State map highlighting DeSoto County
Forrest County 035 Hattiesburg FO 1906 Formed from Perry County Nathan B. Forrest, Confederate general 78,110 467 sq mi
(1,210 km2)
State map highlighting Forrest County
Franklin County 037 Meadville FR 1809 Formed from Adams County Benjamin Franklin, writer, orator, publisher, and U.S. founding father 7,642 565 sq mi
(1,463 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
George County 039 Lucedale GE 1910 Formed from Greene and Jackson Counties James Z. George, U.S. Senator from Mississippi 25,206 478 sq mi
(1,238 km2)
State map highlighting George County
Greene County 041 Leakesville GN 1811 Formed from Wayne County Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary War general 13,552 713 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
State map highlighting Greene County
Grenada County 043 Grenada GR 1870 Formed from Carroll, Choctaw, Tallahatchie and Yalobusha Counties Spanish province of Granada (spelling variation) 21,088 422 sq mi
(1,093 km2)
State map highlighting Grenada County
Hancock County 045 Bay St. Louis HA 1812 Formed from Unorganized John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence 46,094 477 sq mi
(1,235 km2)
State map highlighting Hancock County
Harrison County 047 Gulfport,
HR 1841 Formed from Hancock County William Henry Harrison, ninth U.S. President 211,044 581 sq mi
(1,505 km2)
State map highlighting Harrison County
Hinds County 049 Jackson,
HI 1821 Formed from Unorganized (Choctaw Cession of 1820) Thomas Hinds, War of 1812 general and U.S. Representative from Mississippi 217,730 869 sq mi
(2,251 km2)
State map highlighting Hinds County
Holmes County 051 Lexington HO 1833 Formed from Yazoo County David Holmes, first Governor of Mississippi 16,121 756 sq mi
(1,958 km2)
State map highlighting Holmes County
Humphreys County 053 Belzoni HU 1918 Formed from Holmes, Sunflower, Washington and Yazoo Counties Benjamin G. Humphreys, Reconstruction-era Governor of Mississippi 7,333 418 sq mi
(1,083 km2)
State map highlighting Humphreys County
Issaquena County 055 Mayersville IS 1844 Formed from Washington County Choctaw word meaning "Deer River"[6] 1,273 413 sq mi
(1,070 km2)
State map highlighting Issaquena County
Itawamba County 057 Fulton IT 1836 Formed from Monroe County Itawamba, Chickasaw chief 23,903 532 sq mi
(1,378 km2)
State map highlighting Itawamba County
Jackson County 059 Pascagoula JA 1812 Formed from Unorganized Andrew Jackson, War of 1812 hero and seventh U.S. President 144,975 727 sq mi
(1,883 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jasper County 061 Bay Springs,
JS 1833 Formed from Jones and Wayne Counties William Jasper, Revolutionary War sergeant 16,167 676 sq mi
(1,751 km2)
State map highlighting Jasper County
Jefferson County 063 Fayette JE 1799 One of two original Counties (formerly Pickering) Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President and principal author of the Declaration of Independence 7,087 519 sq mi
(1,344 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Jefferson Davis County 065 Prentiss JD 1906 Formed from Covington and Lawrence Counties Jefferson Davis, C.S. President 11,088 408 sq mi
(1,057 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson Davis County
Jones County 067 Laurel,
JO 1826 Formed from Covington and Wayne Counties (formerly Davis (1865-1869 (Civil War)) John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval captain 66,569 694 sq mi
(1,797 km2)
State map highlighting Jones County
Kemper County 069 De Kalb KE 1833 Formed from Lowndes, Rankin and Wayne Counties Reuben Kemper, American pioneer and revolutionary in Spanish Florida 8,654 766 sq mi
(1,984 km2)
State map highlighting Kemper County
Lafayette County 071 Oxford LA 1836 Formed from Monroe County Marquis de la Fayette, French-born Revolutionary War general 57,615 631 sq mi
(1,634 km2)
State map highlighting Lafayette County
Lamar County 073 Purvis LM 1904 Formed from Marion and Pearl River Counties Lucius Q. C. Lamar, U.S. Senator from Mississippi and United States Secretary of the Interior 65,783 497 sq mi
(1,287 km2)
State map highlighting Lamar County
Lauderdale County 075 Meridian LD 1833 Formed from Rankin and Wayne Counties James Lauderdale, War of 1812 colonel 70,904 704 sq mi
(1,823 km2)
State map highlighting Lauderdale County
Lawrence County 077 Monticello LW 1814 Formed from Marion County James Lawrence, War of 1812 naval captain 11,713 431 sq mi
(1,116 km2)
State map highlighting Lawrence County
Leake County 079 Carthage LK 1833 Formed from Madison and Rankin Counties Walter Leake, Governor of Mississippi 21,135 583 sq mi
(1,510 km2)
State map highlighting Leake County
Lee County 081 Tupelo LE 1866 Formed from Itawamba and Pontotoc Counties Robert E. Lee, General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States 82,959 450 sq mi
(1,165 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Leflore County 083 Greenwood LF 1871 Formed from Carroll and Sunflower Counties Greenwood LeFlore, mixed-race advocate of citizenship for Native Americans and state senator 26,570 592 sq mi
(1,533 km2)
State map highlighting Leflore County
Lincoln County 085 Brookhaven LI 1870 Formed from Amite, Copiah, Franklin, Lawrence and Pike Counties Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth U.S. President 34,717 586 sq mi
(1,518 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Lowndes County 087 Columbus LO 1830 Formed from Monroe County and Unorganized William Jones Lowndes, U.S. Representative from South Carolina 57,603 502 sq mi
(1,300 km2)
State map highlighting Lowndes County
Madison County 089 Canton MD 1828 Formed from Yazoo County James Madison, fourth U.S. President 111,113 719 sq mi
(1,862 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Marion County 091 Columbia MA 1811 Formed from Amite, Franklin and Wayne Counties Francis Marion, Revolutionary War general 24,050 542 sq mi
(1,404 km2)
State map highlighting Marion County
Marshall County 093 Holly Springs MR 1836 Formed from Monroe County John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States who shaped the Supreme Court's power 34,110 706 sq mi
(1,829 km2)
State map highlighting Marshall County
Monroe County 095 Aberdeen MO 1821 Formed from Unorganized (Chickasaw Cession of 1816) James Monroe, fifth U.S. President 33,577 764 sq mi
(1,979 km2)
State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County 097 Winona MT 1871 Formed from Carroll and Choctaw Counties Richard Montgomery, Revolutionary War general 9,530 407 sq mi
(1,054 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Neshoba County 099 Philadelphia NE 1833 Formed from Jones, Madison, Rankin and Wayne Counties Choctaw word for "gray wolf"[6] 28,673 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Neshoba County
Newton County 101 Decatur NW 1836 Formed from Neshoba County Isaac Newton, English scientist 21,029 578 sq mi
(1,497 km2)
State map highlighting Newton County
Noxubee County 103 Macon NO 1833 Formed from Lowndes and Rankin Counties Choctaw for "stinking water" 9,990 695 sq mi
(1,800 km2)
State map highlighting Noxubee County
Oktibbeha County 105 Starkville OK 1833 Formed from Lowndes County Choctaw word for "bloody water" 51,427 458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
State map highlighting Oktibbeha County
Panola County 107 Batesville,
PA 1836 Formed from Monroe and Washington Counties Choctaw for "cotton" 32,661 684 sq mi
(1,772 km2)
State map highlighting Panola County
Pearl River County 109 Poplarville PR 1890 Formed from Hancock and Marion Counties Pearl River 57,261 812 sq mi
(2,103 km2)
State map highlighting Pearl River County
Perry County 111 New Augusta PE 1820 Formed from Greene County Oliver Hazard Perry, War of 1812 naval captain 11,368 647 sq mi
(1,676 km2)
State map highlighting Perry County
Pike County 113 Magnolia PI 1815 Formed from Marion County Zebulon Pike, western explorer 39,644 409 sq mi
(1,059 km2)
State map highlighting Pike County
Pontotoc County 115 Pontotoc PO 1836 Formed from Monroe County Chickasaw for "land of hanging grapes" 31,389 497 sq mi
(1,287 km2)
State map highlighting Pontotoc County
Prentiss County 117 Booneville PS 1870 Formed from Itawamba and Tishomingo Counties Seargent Smith Prentiss, U.S. Representative from Mississippi 24,792 415 sq mi
(1,075 km2)
State map highlighting Prentiss County
Quitman County 119 Marks QU 1877 Formed from Coahoma, Panola, Tallahatchie and Tunica Counties John A. Quitman, Governor of Mississippi 5,701 405 sq mi
(1,049 km2)
State map highlighting Quitman County
Rankin County 121 Brandon RA 1828 Formed from Hinds County Christopher Rankin, U.S. Representative from Mississippi 158,979 775 sq mi
(2,007 km2)
State map highlighting Rankin County
Scott County 123 Forest SC 1833 Formed from Covington, Jones and Rankin Counties Abram M. Scott, Governor of Mississippi 27,707 609 sq mi
(1,577 km2)
State map highlighting Scott County
Sharkey County 125 Rolling Fork SH 1876 Formed from Issaquena, Warren and Washington Counties William L. Sharkey, Mississippi Supreme Court justice 3,488 428 sq mi
(1,109 km2)
State map highlighting Sharkey County
Simpson County 127 Mendenhall SI 1824 Formed from Copiah County Josiah Simpson, first federal judge appointed in the state 25,587 589 sq mi
(1,526 km2)
State map highlighting Simpson County
Smith County 129 Raleigh SM 1833 Formed from Covington, Jones and Rankin Counties David Smith, Revolutionary War major 14,092 636 sq mi
(1,647 km2)
State map highlighting Smith County
Stone County 131 Wiggins ST 1916 Formed from Harrison County John M. Stone, Governor of Mississippi 18,669 445 sq mi
(1,153 km2)
State map highlighting Stone County
Sunflower County 133 Indianola SU 1844 Formed from Bolivar County Sunflower River 24,811 694 sq mi
(1,797 km2)
State map highlighting Sunflower County
Tallahatchie County 135 Charleston,
TL 1833 Formed from Washington and Yazoo Counties Tallahatchie River 12,035 644 sq mi
(1,668 km2)
State map highlighting Tallahatchie County
Tate County 137 Senatobia TA 1873 Formed from DeSoto and Marshall Counties Thomas Simpson Tate, the county's original settler 28,296 404 sq mi
(1,046 km2)
State map highlighting Tate County
Tippah County 139 Ripley TI 1836 Formed from Monroe County Chickasaw word for "cut off" 21,431 458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
State map highlighting Tippah County
Tishomingo County 141 Iuka TS 1836 Formed from Monroe County Chief Tishomingo, Chickasaw leader 18,619 424 sq mi
(1,098 km2)
State map highlighting Tishomingo County
Tunica County 143 Tunica TU 1836 Formed from Washington County and Unorganized Tunica Native Americans 9,458 455 sq mi
(1,178 km2)
State map highlighting Tunica County
Union County 145 New Albany UN 1870 Formed from Lee, Pontotoc and Tippah Counties Reunion of Confederacy with the United States 28,125 416 sq mi
(1,077 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Walthall County 147 Tylertown WL 1912 Formed from Marion and Pike Counties Edward Walthall, U.S. Senator from Mississippi 13,761 404 sq mi
(1,046 km2)
State map highlighting Walthall County
Warren County 149 Vicksburg WR 1809 Formed from Claiborne County Joseph Warren, Revolutionary War general 42,649 587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
State map highlighting Warren County
Washington County 151 Greenville WS 1827 Formed from Warren and Yazoo Counties George Washington, first U.S. President 42,514 724 sq mi
(1,875 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County 153 Waynesboro WA 1809 Formed from Washington County (AL) Anthony Wayne, Revolutionary War general 19,681 810 sq mi
(2,098 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County 155 Walthall WE 1874 Formed from Chickasaw, Choctaw and Montgomery Counties (formerly Sumner County) Daniel Webster, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and giant of Nineteenth Century politics 9,993 423 sq mi
(1,096 km2)
State map highlighting Webster County
Wilkinson County 157 Woodville WK 1802 Formed from Adams County James Wilkinson, Revolutionary War general 8,143 677 sq mi
(1,753 km2)
State map highlighting Wilkinson County
Winston County 159 Louisville WI 1833 Formed from Lowndes, Rankin, and Wayne Counties Louis L. Winston, Mississippi Territory official 17,543 607 sq mi
(1,572 km2)
State map highlighting Winston County
Yalobusha County 161 Water Valley,
YA 1833 Formed from Monroe, Washington and Yazoo Counties Yalobusha River, from Choctaw name meaning "tadpole place" 12,364 467 sq mi
(1,210 km2)
State map highlighting Yalobusha County
Yazoo County 163 Yazoo City YZ 1823 Formed from Hinds County Yazoo River, named for the Yazoo people 25,948 920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
State map highlighting Yazoo County


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  5. ^ Bureau of the Census, U.S.A. "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Mississippi". Retrieved April 2, 2023.
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