Brandon is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi, United States. It is the county seat of Rankin County. Rankin County is in the Central time zone. The city has a total area of 21.3 square miles, of which, 0.1 square miles is water. It has an elevation of 482 ft. Brandon is a populated place located in Rankin County at 32°16′49′N 89°59′54′W. January is the coldest month with temperatures varying between 35 to 55 F and July the warmest with temperatures varying from 71 to 91 F. The yearly rainfall is about 55.9 inches.
Brandon has a population of 16,436 people. The population density is 773.2 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the city is 86.61%25 White, 11.89%25 African American, and 0.10%25 Native American. Before the arrival of the settlers, Brandon was the center of Indian activities. There were more than 50 Indian sites in this region. Early settlers raised livestock, hunted and logged. Brandon has often been called the "City of Red Hills Laden with Golden Opportunities".
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