Cities in Mississippi
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.
- In addition, there are 448 special districts and 164 independent school districts.
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. 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.
Initiative process availability
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.
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.
10 most populated cities
|List of Most Populated Cities in Mississippi|
|City||Population||City Type||Next election|
|Olive Branch||34,068||General law||N/A|
|Horn Lake||26,519||Private charter||N/A|
Full list of cities
- See also: List of Mississippi cities
|A guide to local ballot initiatives|
- Laws governing local ballot measures in Mississippi
- Mississippi ballot measures
- Counties in Mississippi
- Local Government Types and Numbers Research Spreadsheet
- Mississippi Cities and Types of Government Document
- The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- Mississippi Initiative, Referendum and Charter Cities Research Document
- US Census Bureau "City and Town Totals: Vintage 2011 (Population figures as of 2011 Census estimates)