Pike County, Mississippi

Pike County: County in Mississippi, United States


Pike County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,404 and a population density of 38 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 38,997 inhabitants. Its county seat is Magnolia. The county was created 209 years ago in 1814.

Pike County lies in southwestern Mississippi between the Louisiana border and the Mississippi River. It was founded in 1815 from a portion of Marion County and likely named for Zebulon Pike, an explorer.

The county is anchored by its seat of Magnolia and developed with cotton as a major crop. The railroad expanded commerce and population around the turn of the 20th century.

Major Towns and Features

Notable Pike County cities and features include:

  • Magnolia - Historic county seat with antebellum mansions and downtown murals. Hosts the Magnolia Brickfest.
  • McComb - Largest city, known as the "Crossroads of Southwest Mississippi."
  • Percy Quin State Park - Sprawling state park with lakes, walking trails, and golf course.
  • Fernwood - Quaint unincorporated town famous for the luminous "Foxfire Cemetery."

Things to See and Do

Top attractions and activities in Pike County:

  • Touring historic downtown Magnolia and viewing pre-Civil War homes.
  • Camping, boating, fishing, and disc golfing at Percy Quin State Park.
  • Exploring the shops and restaurants in downtown McComb.
  • Visiting the creepy but beautiful glow worm-filled Foxfire Cemetery at night.
  • Learning about regional history at the Pike County Multi-Purpose Center in Magnolia.

From Southern small towns to natural beauty, Pike County encapsulates the rich culture and landscapes of Mississippi. Historic sites, outdoor recreation, and friendly local charm await visitors.

Pike County locator map
Location of Pike County on Mississippi map.

Quick Facts about Pike County

Population : 38,997 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Mississippi (United States)
Different from : Pike County, Pike County, Pike County, Pike County, Pike County, Pike County, Pike County, Pike County, Pike County
Area : 1064 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.4%
Land as percent of area : 99.6%
Named for : Zebulon Pike
Capital : Magnolia
Establishment : January 01, 1815
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 05:55:11 (15th July 2024)
Density : 37 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -3.61% (2010-2020)
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Holly Hill
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Pike County is located at 31°10'30"N 90°24'15"W (31.1749100, -90.4041600). It has 5 neighbors: Tangipahoa Parish, Washington Parish, Amite County, Lincoln County and Walthall County.

Pike County map

The largest city of Pike County is McComb with a population of 12,813. Other cities include, Magnolia population 2,174, Summit population 1,549 and Osyka population 407. See all Pike County cities & populated places.

Pike County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Pike County.

City Name Population Title
McComb 12,813 City in Mississippi, United States
Magnolia 2,174 City in Mississippi
Summit 1,549 Human settlement in Pike County, Mississippi, United States of America
Osyka 407 Human settlement in Pike County, Mississippi, United States of America

Pike County has 5 neighbours.

  • Magnolia


According to census records, the population of Pike County decreased by 3.61% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 40,404 - census
2011 40,433 0.07% estimation process
2012 40,089 -0.86% estimation process
2013 39,939 -0.38% estimation process
2014 39,948 0.02% estimation process
2015 39,890 -0.15% estimation process
2016 39,592 -0.75% estimation process
2017 39,510 -0.21% estimation process
2018 39,380 -0.33% estimation process
2019 39,288 -0.23% estimation process
2020 38,997 -0.75% estimation process

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People born in Pike County (4)

People born in Pike County, including politician Alice Harden, politician and physician in early Texas David Catchings Dickson, J. J. Carter, .


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