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Census Numbers are starting to Come in, What Do They Mean for Mississippi?

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 23 Dec 2010 03:00pm | comments

Preliminary census data shows a continuing growth pattern for the state of Mississippi. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports where and why.

Even after hurricane Katrina forced thousands of Mississippians away from the gulf coast, Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman says the state remains on track to grow in some of it's more urban areas like Rankin, Lamar and Desoto counties. He says Desoto alone is expected to have increased its population by nearly 40% within the last 10 years.

"So we’re finding some pretty striking numbers out there that reflect I think growth towards where the jobs are and where Mississippi is going. You know in north Mississippi they have announced a Toyota plant and those kinds of things and in Desoto County many residents of Tennessee have moved there because we have a better quality of life there."

The detailed - town by town - numbers won’t be released until February. Hoseman says once that information is available it will give lawmakers a better view in terms of redistricting. And he says Preliminary data does show the need for some changes.

"Our growth counties will probably pickup membership in the house and the counties which have lost representation may well lose one representative in their area. So you'll see some movement I think to make the districts reflect where the population exactly is. Overall though just looking at the whole state I don't see dramatic changes in the redistricting process."

Hoseman says the biggest decreases in population were in the delta and along the gulf coast region. But he says many of those people have moved into other parts of the state mainly because of economics. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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