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This page contains a list of cities in Mississippi, and other information about local governments.

Mississippi allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 82 total counties in Mississippi. All 82 are subject to General law.[1]

There are 297 total municipalities in Mississippi. Of those 297, 277 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 20 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Mississippi consists of:

  • Counties. Mississippi is divided up into Counties by Mississippi State Statute Title 19 Ch. 1. No counties can have charters.
  • Cities. Any municipality with a population of 2,000 or greater is classified as a city by State Law.
  • Towns. Any municipality with a population of lower than 2,000 but not less than 300 is classified as a town.
  • Village. To be incorporated as a municipality a community must have a population of at least 100. If it has a population of greater than 100 but less than 300, it is classified as a village.[2]
  • In addition, there are 448 special districts and 164 independent school districts.[3]

All municipalities have charters but most are code charters or general law. Only a few municipalities operating under a private or Home rule charter remain.[2] There are 82 counties and 297 municipalities in Mississippi. Out of the 297 cities, towns and villages 20 have private or home rule charters and most of these are cities. There is no longer a provision allowing for the adopting of a private charter. Any municipality that has a private charter only has it because it never switched to a code charter.[1]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Mississippi

Initiative is available for amendments to code and private charters under Mississippi Code Section 21-17-11 and 13. A private charter may vary from the statute requirements.

State law does not grant initiative for ordinances, and municipalities do not appear to have authority to adopt initiative for ordinances on their own.[1][4]

The 20 cities with private charters are:

Port Gibson, Rosedale, Okolona, Water Valley, Fulton, Carthage, Aberdeen, Louisville, Waveland, Indianola, West Point, Yazoo City, McComb, Corinth, Grenada, Natchez, Horn Lake, Columbus, Vicksburg, and Greenville.

The remaining cities operate under a code charter.[2]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Mississippi
City[5] Population City Type Next election
Jackson 175,561 General law N/A
Gulfport 69,220 General law N/A
Southaven 49,831 General law N/A
Hattiesburg 46,626 General law N/A
Biloxi 44,940 General law N/A
Meridian 41,258 General law N/A
Tupelo 35,059 General law N/A
Olive Branch 34,068 General law N/A
Greenville 33,908 Private charter N/A
Horn Lake 26,519 Private charter N/A

Full list of cities

See also: List of Mississippi cities
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 297 incorporated cities and towns in Mississippi. A full list of cities in Mississippi is available here.

See also