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The 2000 Census showed that Hancock County had a population of 42,967 people. This represented 1.51% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 15th most populous county (out of 82 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Hancock had a population of 40,962 people. This is a decrease of 4.67% 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
201043,929+2.24%+7.24% since 2009
200940,962-4.67%+1.16% since 2008
200840,493-5.76%+1.89% since 2007
200739,740-7.51%+3.54% since 2006
200638,383-10.67%-16.73% since 2005
200546,097+7.28%+1.42% since 2004
200445,451+5.78%+1.36% since 2003
200344,839+4.36%+0.9% since 2002
200244,437+3.42%+1.35% since 2001
200143,847+2.05%+2.05% since 2000
200042,967The Last Census

Hancock County had 21,072 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Hancock County has a total area<3> of 552 square miles [1,431 km²]. Of this total, 476.9 square miles [1,235 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (13.69%) being water (75.6 square miles [195.9 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Hancock County had a population density of 90.1 people per square mile [34.79 people/km²], making it the state's 14th 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 Hancock County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Hancock and the state of Mississippi.

Click here for the Hancock County QuickFact (QF-28045).

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Saint Tammany (LA)QF-22103   W231,495191,26821.03%
HarrisonQF-28047   E181,191189,601-4.44%
Pearl RiverQF-28109   N57,86048,62119%

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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 Hancock. 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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