Posted on May 1, 2021

Census Shows Mississippi’s Population Shrunk as More Whites Left State in Last Decade

Associated Press, April 26, 2021

Mississippi became more diverse during the past decade, but it is also one of only three states that lost population, according to 2020 Census numbers released Monday.


The new Census numbers show Mississippi had a net loss of about 6,000 residents from 2010 to 2020. {snip}


The Census numbers show that, from 2010 to 2019, Mississippi gained nearly 20,000 Black residents, about 16,700 Hispanic residents and about 4,500 Asian residents. The number of people who identify themselves as being of two or more races increased by about 11,200.

Mississippi lost about 48,400 white residents during the decade.

White people still make up 56% of Mississippi’s population, and Black people are about 38%.