Hernando, Mississippi

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Hernando, Mississippi
Courthouse in Hernando
Courthouse in Hernando
Motto: "Mississippi's Front Porch"
Location of Hernando, Mississippi
Location of Hernando, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°49′51″N 89°59′37″W / 34.83083°N 89.99361°W / 34.83083; -89.99361Coordinates: 34°49′51″N 89°59′37″W / 34.83083°N 89.99361°W / 34.83083; -89.99361
Country United States
State Mississippi
County DeSoto
Established 1839
 • Total 11.4 sq mi (29.4 km2)
 • Land 11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 381 ft (116 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 14,135
 • Density 1,251.0/sq mi (482.97/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38632
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-31780
GNIS feature ID 0690292
Website www.cityofhernando.org
Court Square in Hernando

Hernando is a city in central DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 14,135 at the 2010 census. Hernando is the county seat of DeSoto County, the second-most-populous county in the Memphis metropolitan area.[1] U.S. Route 51 and the I-55 freeway traverse the city from north to south and the I-69 freeway traverse the city east to west and north to south. Hernando's historic downtown square, which surrounds the county courthouse, sits at the intersection of Commerce Street and U.S. 51.


Hernando is named for the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, discoverer of the Mississippi River.[2]

Hernando is located at 34°49′51″N 89°59′37″W / 34.830764°N 89.993614°W / 34.830764; -89.993614.[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.4 square miles (30 km2), of which 11.3 sq mi (29 km2) is land, and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) (0.62%) is water.

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hernando has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[4]

The City of Hernando is served by the DeSoto County School District.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,812 people, 2,482 households, and 1,809 families residing in the city. The population density was 603.0 people per square mile (232.8/km²). There were 2,720 housing units at an average density of 240.8 per square mile (92.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.35% White, 21.48% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.78% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.04% of the population.

There were 2,482 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,217, and the median income for a family was $51,155. Males had a median income of $39,706 versus $25,685 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,731. About 6.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.


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  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 155. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Hernando, Mississippi
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Jerry Lee Lewis' Divorce Puts an End to Tours of Mississippi Home". Times-News. August 14, 2005. 

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