Harrison County, Mississippi
|Harrison County, Mississippi|
Location in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
|Seat||Biloxi and Gulfport|
976.15 sq mi (2,528 km²)
580.98 sq mi (1,505 km²)
395.17 sq mi (1,023 km²), 40.48%
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 after U.S. President William Henry Harrison.
Harrison County is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi, Mississippi, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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.
Major highways 
- Interstate 10
- Interstate 110
- U.S. Highway 49
- U.S. Highway 90
- Mississippi Highway 15
- Mississippi Highway 53
- Mississippi Highway 67
- Mississippi Highway 605
Adjacent counties 
|Hancock County||Jackson County|
|Gulf of Mexico|
National protected areas 
|MS Counties 1900-1990
GeoHive - 2000 & 2010 statistics
As of the census of 2000, there were 187,479 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 main 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.
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. In 2006 and 2007, six Harrison County Sheriff's Department deputies pled guilty to crimes related to the abuse of inmates at the jail. Melvin Brisolara-R, is the current Sheriff elected in 2008, for Harrison County.
See also 
- Friendship Oak (Long Beach, Mississippi)
- Grass Lawn (Gulfport, Mississippi)
- Historic Grand Hotels on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
- Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Harrison County, Mississippi
- Old Brick House (Biloxi, Mississippi)
- Tivoli Hotel (Biloxi, Mississippi)
- Turkey Creek Community Historic District
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Dusky gopher frog
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.