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The 2000 Census showed that DeSoto County had a population of 107,199 people. This represented 3.77% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 5th most populous county (out of 82 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, DeSoto had a population of 158,719 people. This is an increase of 48.06% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010161,252+50.42%+1.6% since 2009
2009158,719+48.06%+2.3% since 2008
2008155,156+44.74%+3.65% since 2007
2007149,693+39.64%+3.76% since 2006
2006144,272+34.58%+5.98% since 2005
2005136,134+26.99%+4.58% since 2004
2004130,177+21.43%+5.08% since 2003
2003123,889+15.57%+4.69% since 2002
2002118,344+10.4%+4.49% since 2001
2001113,263+5.66%+5.66% since 2000
2000107,199The Last Census

DeSoto County had 40,795 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that DeSoto County has a total area<3> of 496.8 square miles [1,286 km²]. Of this total, 477.9 square miles [1,237 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (3.81%) being water (18.91 square miles [48.97 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, DeSoto County had a population density of 224.3 people per square mile [86.6 people/km²], making it the state's 3rd most densely populated county (out of 82 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to DeSoto County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between DeSoto and the state of Mississippi.

Click here for the DeSoto County QuickFact (QF-28033).

Below are some of the communities that are located in DeSoto County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Olive BranchQF-285404032,53121,05454.51%
Horn LakeQF-283370025,11314,09978.12%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of DeSoto County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Crittenden (AR)QF-05035   NW53,02250,8664.24%
MarshallQF-28093   E36,90034,9935.45%
TateQF-28137   S27,33725,3707.75%
TunicaQF-28143   SW10,4369,22713.1%
Shelby (TN)QF-47157   N920,232897,4722.54%

The Mississippi River runs along the western border of the county.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of DeSoto. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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