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Hancock County, Mississippi

US county information
NameHancock County
SeatBay St. Louis
Largest cityBay St. Louis
US Area
Total Area552.53 sq mi (1431.1 km2)
Land Area476.88 sq mi (1235.1 km2)
Water Area75.65 sq mi (195.9 km2)
Population43929 (2010)
Density35/km2 (90.7/sq mi)

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Hancock County is the southernmost county of the U.S. state of Mississippi, situated along the Gulf of Mexico and the state line with Louisiana. It is part of the Gulfport Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2010, the population was 43,929. Its county seat is Bay St. Louis . The area is also home to the John C. Stennis Space Center, NASA's largest rocket engine test facility. Hancock County is named for Founding Father John Hancock.

The county was severely damaged from Hurricane Katrina on August 28 29, 2005, causing catastrophic effects.

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