Madison County, Mississippi

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Madison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population was 74,674. The county seat is Canton[1]. It is part of the Jackson, Mississippi, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Madison County is named for U.S. President James Madison. Madison County is the most per capita income county in Mississippi.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 742 square miles (1,922 km²), of which 717 square miles (1,857 km²) are land and 25 square miles (64 km²) (3.35%) are water. The southestern border of the county is defined by the old course of the Pearl River before it was dammed to create the 33,000 acre (134 km²) Ross Barnett Reservoir.

The boundaries of the county are set in Mississippi Code section 19-1-89 as: Madison County is bounded by beginning at a point on Big Black River, where the same crosses the center line in township twelve, range three, east; thence east to the old Choctaw boundary line; thence north on said boundary line to the center line of township twelve, range five, east; thence through the center of said township twelve, range five, east, to the range line between townships five and six, east; thence south on said range line to Pearl River; thence down said river, with its meanderings, to the line between townships six and seven, north; thence west on said township line to the basis meridian of the Choctaw survey; thence north on said meridian line to the line between townships seven and eight, north; thence west on said township line to the line between ranges two and three, west; thence north on said range line to Big Black River; thence up said river, with its meanderings, to the beginning.[2]

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