Census: DeSoto sees growth coast relatively flat

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — There were few surprises for Mississippi when new census figures were released Thursday — DeSoto, Lamar, Madison and Rankin counties saw impressive growth.

Harrison County, Mississippi’s most populous coastal county, saw a small decrease in population, which was not surprising after much of the coastal areas were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

State Rep. Tommy Reynolds, who’s in charge of redistricting in the Mississippi House, said the figures were about what officials expected. The numbers will be used to redraw voting districts.

DeSoto County along the Tennessee border saw a a growth of more 54,000 people. In the Jackson area, Madison and Rankin Counties also saw big gains.

Lamar County near Hattiesburg was another county with population growth.