Tate County is the one the fastest growing counties in Mississippi, according to a list compiled by Stacker.com.
The website used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and ranked counties with the highest population growth from 2010 through 2019 based on five-year estimates.
Tate County ranked 18th on the list by adding 206 new residents for a 0.7 percent increase. Tate with its total population of 28,404 is the 33rd largest county in Mississippi and the 1,425th largest county in the United States, according to Stacker.
Neighboring DeSoto County topped the list by adding 24,260 new residents from 2010 through 2019 and is ranked third in the state and 365th nationwide with its population of 178,975. Lafayette County ranked 6th on the list by adding 7,731 new residents from 2010 through 2019.
A county typically sees population growth as a “bedroom community” – a municipality with an atypically large commuting population – to a large city. These communities are typically quieter than their feeder cities, offer lower rents and a higher quality of living, and are remote enough to be immune to the feeder city’s crime, traffic, and crowds.
The U.S. population grew by 0.48% from 2018 to 2019, its slowest rate in 100 years. Declining births, increasing deaths largely due to the graying Baby Boomer population, and a crackdown on immigration have contributed to many states seeing net population losses in recent years, according to Stacker.
But in other pockets of the country, populations are growing. These shifts can be due to job opportunities, high quality of life, easy commutability to job centers, low rents, or any combination of these or other factors.