Ridgeland, Mississippi

Coordinates: 32°25′8″N 90°7′30″W / 32.41889°N 90.12500°W / 32.41889; -90.12500
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Ridgeland, Mississippi
Downtown Ridgeland
Downtown Ridgeland
Flag of Ridgeland, Mississippi
Location in Madison County and the state of Mississippi
Location in Madison County and the state of Mississippi
Ridgeland is located in Mississippi
Ridgeland is located in the United States
Coordinates: 32°25′8″N 90°7′30″W / 32.41889°N 90.12500°W / 32.41889; -90.12500
CountryUnited States
 • MayorGene F. McGee
 • Total28.06 sq mi (72.7 km2)
 • Land26.26 sq mi (68.0 km2)
 • Water1.80 sq mi (4.7 km2)
358 ft (109 m)
 • Total24,340
 • Density926.9/sq mi (357.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
39157, 39158 (Ridgeland)
39110 (Madison)
Area code601
FIPS code28-62520
GNIS feature ID0676656

Ridgeland is a city in Madison County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 24,340 at the 2020 census.[2] It is part of the Jackson metropolitan area.


In 1805, the Choctaw Indian Agency, headed by Silas Dinsmoor, was located in what is now Ridgeland. The structure was then called "Turner Brashear's Stand" until about 1850. It was adapted for use as a hotel named the King's Inn. During the American Civil War, General Stephen Lee used the inn as a headquarters. The hotel continued to operate until 1896, when it was destroyed by fire.

In 1853, James B. Yellowley founded the community of Yellowley's Crossing (later named "Jessamine" after his wife). In 1896, Edward Treakle and Gordon Nichols, two real estate developers from Chicago, purchased the land from Yellowley and established the Highland Colony Company. They created plans for a town to be named "Ridgeland" and launched an advertising campaign to entice people from the northern United States to move south. Agriculture was the community's dominant revenue source, with pears and strawberries as the leading crops grown for sale.

In the early 20th century, Ridgeland was home to a hotel, sawmill, and a canning company. The main business section of Ridgeland was along Jackson Street, due to the Illinois Central Railroad located on the street. In 1910 a two-room school was created, and the schools combined with those of Madison by 1925. Rapid growth in the city's population began in the 1960s.

Northpark Mall opened in 1984 and brought more growth to the area. Highland Colony Parkway was built in the 1990s.[3]


Ridgeland is a suburban city in southern Madison County, between Madison to the north and Jackson, the state capital, to the south. The Ross Barnett Reservoir borders the city to the east.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ridgeland has a total area of 28.1 square miles (73 km2), of which 26.3 square miles (68 km2) are land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), or 6.41%, are water, mostly from Ross Barnett Reservoir, an impoundment on the Pearl River. Most of the city drains southward to the Pearl River in Jackson, while the northwest corner of the city is part of the Big Black River watershed flowing west to the Mississippi.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2018 Estimate[5]

2020 census[edit]

Ridgeland Racial Composition[6]
Race Num. Perc.
White 11,256 46.24%
Black or African American 9,588 39.39%
Native American 31 0.13%
Asian 1,029 4.23%
Pacific Islander 4 0.02%
Other/Mixed 786 3.23%
Hispanic or Latino 1,646 6.76%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 24,340 people, 10,632 households, and 6,046 families residing in the city.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,047 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 57.5% White, 32.5% Black, 0.2% Native American, 4.0% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.0% from two or more races. 4.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,173 people, 9,267 households, and 9,022 families living in the city. The population density was 1,267.4 inhabitants per square mile (489.3/km2). There were 9,930 housing units at an average density of 623.9 per square mile (240.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77.05% White, 18.44% African American, 0.15% Native American, 2.95% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 9,267 households, out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.8% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 40.3% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median incomes for a household in the city was $43,066, and the median income for a family was $59,249. Males had a median income of $40,632 versus $29,634 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,704. About 5.5% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.


Bomgar, a tech company,[7] C Spire Wireless, the sixth largest wireless provider in the United States, and Cal-Maine Foods, the largest shell egg producer in the United States, are all headquartered in Ridgeland.

The largest mall in the Jackson metro area, Northpark Mall, is located on County Line Road in southern Ridgeland. Another shopping center, Renaissance at Colony Park, is in central Ridgeland.


Ridgeland is served by the Madison County School District, as well as by two private schools: Saint Andrew's Episcopal School and Christ Covenant School. The Veritas School was a private school which closed in 2015.[8]

Ridgeland has a campus of Holmes Community College.

Ridgeland is home of the Baptist Children's Village, which provides short-term and long-term care for abandoned, neglected, or abused children and counseling to broken families.[9]

Ridgeland made national headlines in 2022 when mayor Gene F. McGee refused to send $110,000 in approved city funding to the Madison County Library System because the library system contained books that "went against his Christian beliefs".[10]

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "P1. Race – Ridgeland city, Mississippi: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
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  5. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
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  8. ^ "The Veritas School closes". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Dr. Rory Lee". baptistchildrensvillage.com. Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "Mayor withholds $100,000 from libraries 'until homosexual materials removed'". PinkNews. January 26, 2022. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  11. ^ "David McRae wins Republican nomination for Mississippi treasurer". WXXV. August 6, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2023.
  12. ^ "J. Walter Michel". Mississippi Senate. Retrieved May 20, 2023.
  13. ^ Warren Kulo, Ridgeland attorney David H. Nutt is the wealthiest Mississippian, study shows, gulflive.com, November 11, 2014
  14. ^ Watkins, Billy (September 24, 2017). "From med school to the racetrack: Mississippian lives dream at 221 mph". Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved May 20, 2023.
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  16. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Challenging the Status Quo: Rubel Lex Phillips and the Mississippi Republican Party (1963-1967)", The Journal of Mississippi History XLVII, November 1985, No. 4, pp. 240-264