According to Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Olive Branch, population totals that have risen steadily since the last census in 2000 have the county on track to gain a third Senate seat and two more House seats.
Two senators and five representatives currently serve DeSoto County.
“We are leading the charge,” Flowers said about DeSoto County’s role in Mississippi adding nearly 94,000 residents between 2000 and a year ago.
Census data released Wednesday placed the state’s population at an estimated 2.9 million as of July 1, 2008, with DeSoto County accounting for nearly 155,000 of those residents.
In DeSoto County, the population estimate reflects a growth of 47,549 residents, or 44.4 percent, since 2000.
Southaven grew most, by 15,095 residents, and for the fourth consecutive year was the No. 5 Mississippi city in terms of population.
It was followed locally by Olive Branch with 10,773 new residents, Horn Lake with 4,643 and Hernando with 4,356.