Stone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,786. Its county seat is Wiggins. Stone County was formed from the northern portion of Harrison County on June 5, 1916. The county was named for John M. Stone, who served as Governor of Mississippi from 1876 to 1882 and again from 1890 to 1896. In 1918, the Stone County Courthouse was completed at a cost of $29,515.18, and is still in use today, after several renovations.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 448 square miles (1,160 km²), of which 445 square miles (1,150 km²) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) (0.6%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 17,786 people, 6,165 households, and 4,539 families residing in the county. The population density was 39.9 people per square mile (15.33/km²). There were 7,161 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²).
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