Most of the nation’s rural counties lost population from 2010 to 2011, according to an article by Bill Bishop in The Daily Yonder. Most of the loss was due to outmigration.
Among the 50 counties with the most population gains were Lee County, Mississippi, which came in at number 26 (gained 1,109), and Lafayette County, Mississippi, which came in at number 31 (gained 956). Number One on the list of population gainers was Harnett County, NC, with a gain of 3,467 persons.
Mississippi counties that made the list of 50 counties that lost the most population were Washington County, which came in at number 7 (loss 644), Warren County at number 20 (loss 457) and Leflore County at number 26 (loss 432). Below is a map from the above-referenced article and a table listing the 50 gainers and losers.