City of Brandon
A city of red hills laden with golden opportunities
Growth and Stability
Location of Brandon, Mississippi
|Named for||Gerard Chittocque Brandon|
|• Mayor||Butch Lee (R)|
|• Board of Aldermen||Alderman at Large- James Morris|
Ward 1- Monica Corley
Ward 2- Cris Vinson
Ward 3- Harry Williams
Ward 4- Lu Coker
Ward 5- Dwight Middleton
Ward 6- Tahya Dobbs
|• Total||25.75 sq mi (66.70 km2)|
|• Land||25.66 sq mi (66.46 km2)|
|• Water||0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)|
|Elevation||482 ft (147 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||935.20/sq mi (361.09/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
39042, 39043, 39047
|GNIS feature ID||0667519|
Brandon is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi, United States. Brandon was incorporated December 19, 1831. The population was 21,705 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rankin County. Brandon is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located east of the state capital.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.3 square miles (55.3 km²), of which 21.3 square miles (55.1 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km²) (0.37%) is water.
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A fatality occurred when a car was thrown 200 yards from Highway 49 in Richland. Several commercial and industrial buildings in Richland and Pearl were heavily damaged by this rain-wrapped tornado, a mobile home park in Pearl was severely damaged, and an auto dealership sustained significant roof damage. One metal frame industrial building was severely mangled. Numerous homes and several businesses all along the path sustained less severe EF1-strength damage, and Brandon Middle School's campus suffered minor damage, and a gas station along Interstate 20 near Pelahatchie was damaged before the tornado dissipated. Many trees were downed along the path. At least ten other people were injured. Tornado passed very close to the NWS Jackson radar site. A third tornado occurred on November 1, 2018, but this was a small tornado and rapidly dissipated.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,436 people, 6,295 households, and 4,595 families residing in the city. The population density was 773.2 people per square mile (298.5/km²). There were 6,540 housing units at an average density of 307.7 per square mile (118.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.61% White, 11.89% Black, 0.10% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.30% of the population.
There were 6,295 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city, the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $53,246, and the median income for a family was $63,098. Males had a median income of $42,414 versus $28,128 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,020. About 4.1% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.
Government and infrastructure
The city of Brandon has a city mayor as the chief executive officer and a board of aldermen, with six elected from single-member districts and one elected at-large. The current city officials are Mayor Butch Lee; Alderman, At-Large member James Morris; Alderman, Ward 1 Monica Corley; Alderman, Ward 2 Cris Vinson; Alderman, Ward 3 Harry Williams; Alderman, Ward 4 Lu Coker; Alderman, Ward 5 Dwight Middleton; and Alderman, Ward 6 Tahya Dobbs. The city's attorney is Mark C. Baker.
The city of Brandon is served by five fire stations and one administrative central station under the direction of Fire Chief Terry Wages. In 2015, the city established an independent EMS district that provides ambulance services through a private provider, Pafford EMS. The city has one police station under the direction of Police Chief William A. Thompson Jr.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections operates the Brandon Probation & Parole Office in Brandon. The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, located in unincorporated Rankin County, is in proximity to Brandon.
Brandon is the location of the Black Rose Theatre Company.
- Cocke-Martin-Jackson House
- Hebron Academy
- Rankin County Courthouse
- Stevens-Buchanan House
- Turcotte House
The City of Brandon is served by the Rankin County School District.
- Brandon High School (grades 9-12)
- Brandon Middle School (grades 6-8)
- Brandon Elementary School (grades 4-5)
- Stonebridge Elementary School (grades 2-3)
- Rouse Elementary School (grades K-1)
- Devin Britton, professional tennis player
- Demario Davis, professional football player
- Jenna Edwards, former Miss Florida and Miss Florida USA
- Aiden Flowers, actor
- Patrick Henry, (1843–1930), U.S. representative
- Volney Howard, Attorney General and U.S. Representative for Texas
- Skylar Laine, country singer; placed fifth on the eleventh season of American Idol
- Mamie Locke, political scientist, Virginia state senator
- Justin Mapp, professional soccer player
- Anselm Joseph McLaurin, Governor of Mississippi 1896–1900
- Gardner Minshew II, Quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Tyler Moore, professional baseball player for the Washington Nationals
- Jerious Norwood, professional football player
- Jonathan Randolph, professional golfer
- Sarah Thomas, first female NFL official
- Dale Thorn, press secretary to Governor Edwin Edwards of Louisiana, Louisiana State University journalism professor, assistant commissioner of higher education for the Louisiana Board of Regents; born in McComb, retired to Brandon in 2000, and died in Ridgeland in 2014
- Joe M. Turner, professional magician, mentalist, speaker
- Louis H. Wilson, Jr., 26th Commandant of the Marine Corps and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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