Pearl River County, Mississippi

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Pearl River County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The population was 48,621 at the 2000 census. Its county seat is Poplarville. [1]

The Picayune Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Pearl River County.


Hurricane Katrina

On September 2, 2005, the 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery (Ohio Army National Guard) arrived at the National Guard armory in Poplarville to assist the community and Pearl River County in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Initial efforts were the security of banks, pharmacies and gas stations as well as initial responses to rural emergencies. The unit stayed for three weeks ultimately checking on many families and structures in the county.[citation needed]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 819 square miles (2,121 km²), of which, 811 square miles (2,101 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) of it (0.93%) is water.

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