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Data shows Mississippi counties losing population

MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. – A resource developed by the Mississippi State University Extension Service shows shifts in county populations based on exemptions reported in 2014-2015 federal tax returns.

Developed by MSU Extension specialist Roberto Gallardo, the online map of Mississippi shows counties in green and red. Red represents counties where more people moved out than moved in, or a negative net migration. Counties in green had a positive net migration. Only 25 Mississippi counties had a positive net migration.

The map indicates where the majority of new county residents came from, as well as the new locations of those who left. Data also shows the average adjusted gross incomes of those moving in and moving out.

From a community economic development perspective, understanding shifts in county population is important to local and state leaders. This data sheds light on the relationships between counties and is useful for planning community economic development projects.

The map is online at

Released: November 1, 2016
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