Mississippi CountiesThere are 82 Counties in Mississippi.
Rankin County, Mississippi
Rankin County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Rankin is named for U.S. Representative Christopher Rankin. Christopher Rankin (1788 – March 14, 1826) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi. Born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, Rankin completed preparatory studies at Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, moved to Georgia. He taught a village school and studied law at the same time. He was admitted to the bar in 1809 and commenced practice in Liberty, Mississippi. He served as member of the territorial legislature in 1813. He moved to Natchez, Mississippi, in 1816 and practiced law. He served as member of the state constitutional convention in 1817. He was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1817.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Rankin County was erected February 4, 1828, from all that portion of Hinds County lying east of the Pearl River, and was named in honor of Christopher Rankin, congressman from Mississippi. The county has a land surface of 791 square miles. The Pearl River forms its entire western and northern boundary and divides it from the counties of Madison and Hinds. It formed a part of the New Purchase of 1820, and the Choctaw Boundary line, defining that purchase, makes part of the present eastern boundary line. It has an area of about twenty townships.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 806 square miles (2,088 kmē), of which, 775 square miles (2,006 kmē) of it is land and 32 square miles (82 kmē) of it (3.92%) is water.
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